Curriculum

Fine Arts (BFA) Program

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is awarded upon completion of 120 credits, as designated by the program. A maximum of 60 credits can be transferred. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and fulfill all requirements in a timely manner.

Note: This curriculum applies to students who enter Parsons as first-year students in fall 2013 and after. Current students who entered Parsons in a prior academic year and incoming and prospective transfer students with sophomore or junior standing should refer to the Parsons catalog appropriate to their catalog year. See Academic Policies for more details.

First Year F S
PUFY 1000 Integrative Studio 1 3 -
PUFY 1010 Integrative Seminar 1 3 -
PUFY 1100 Sustainable Systems* 3 -
PUFY 1020 Space/Materiality** 3 -
PUFY 1030 Drawing/Imaging** 3 -
PUFY 1040 Time** - 3
PUFY 1001 Integrative Studio 2 - 3
PUFY 1011 Integrative Seminar 2 - 3
PLHT 1000 Objects as History* - 3
Program Elective
- 3
15 15
Sophomore Year F S
PLAH 2201 Modern Art and Postmodernism: Lecture 0 -
PLAH 2202 Modern Art and Postmodernism: Recitation 3 -
PUFA 2200 Core Studio 1: Sign and System 3 -
PUFA 2220 Labs: 2D or
PUFA 2230 Labs: 3D or
PUFA 2240 Labs: 4D
6 -
Program Electives
3 3
PUFA 2210 Core Studio 2: Form and Innovation - 3
PUFA 3220 Topics: 2D or
PUFA 3230 Topics: 3D or
PUFA 3240 Topics: 4D
- 3
ULEC University Lecture Elective
- 3
Liberal Arts Elective
- 3
15 15
Junior Year F S
PUFA 3200 Core Studio 3: Site and Context 3 -
PUFA 3220 Topics: 2D or
PUFA 3230 Topics: 3D or
PUFA 3240 Topics: 4D
3 -
ULEC University Lecture Elective
3 -
Program Electives
3 3
Liberal Arts Electives
3 3
PUFA 3210 Core Studio 4: Pro Practicum - 3
PUFA 3520 Advanced Projects: 2D or
PUFA 3530 Advanced Projects: 3D or
PUFA 3540 Advanced Projects: 4D
- 3
PLVS 2500 Intro to Visual Culture: Lecture - 0
PLVS 2510 Intro to Visual Culture: Recitation - 3
15 15
Senior Year F S
ADHT Pre-Capstone

The pre-capstone is an upper-level methodology, research, and writing class that prepares students for their capstone experience (thesis project). Students refine skills that they have developed throughout their course of study, including research, writing, and presentation; self-reflection and peer assessment; and incorporation of systems thinking, public policy, and social justice. Class activity is integrated with and contextualized by students' individual work, and emphasis on the reciprocity of practice and theory enables students to reflect critically on art, design, and visual practices.

3 -
PUFA 4200 Core Studio 5: Artist and Studio 3 -
PUFA 4300 Thesis 1 3 -
Program Electives
3 3
Liberal Arts Electives
3 3
PUFA 4210 Core Studio 6: Expanded Fields - 3
PUFA 4310 Thesis 2 - 3
PUFA 4032 Thesis Writing - 3
15 15
TOTAL CREDITS 120

*Objects as History and Sustainable Systems can be taken in any sequence, one in the fall semester and one in the spring.

**The three first-year studio courses—Drawing/Imaging, Space/Materiality, and Time—can be taken in any sequence, two in the fall semester and one in the spring.



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