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Fine Arts (BFA)

School Magazine

The BFA program in Fine Arts exposes students to an array of studio practices, ideas, communities and global relationships. Our students learn to translate concepts into individual expression through composition, color, form, space and performance while developing a solid set of skills and contemporary artistic strategies. They embrace interdisciplinary approaches to thinking about visual culture and above all, they cultivate the intellectual, conceptual, and critical thinking skills required to successfully launch their careers as professional artists. Please visit finearts.parsons.edu or email Anthony Aziz aziza@newschool.edu for more information.

From Concept to Practice

In the 120 credit - 4 year program, students learn all the traditional techniques related to painting, drawing and sculpture, but they also learn to work more innovatively and are encouraged to push the boundaries of what contemporary art is. We have students working across many media, experimenting with public engagement, video, animation, photography and digital imaging. Some students appropriate images from popular culture to make politically charged statements; others re-purpose found materials and ideas from everyday life. It takes courage and a clear sense of direction to make art in this context of broad possibility. The BFA in Fine Arts program offers the guidance and resources you need to discover your own voice.

from Self-Exploration to Self-Expression

Students who declare Fine Arts as their major immerse themselves in self-discovery and experimentation, supplementing their studio classes with elective courses in art history, theory, liberal studies and professional practices that further broaden their cultural, historical, and intellectual horizons. From the sophomore year onwards, the Parsons Fine Arts BFA curriculum organizes its principal studio courses along a central sequence of six Core Studio classes which all Fine Arts students are required to enroll in every semester, no matter what medium their interests and practice is. These Core Studios serve as cross-disciplinary platforms, which work in tandem with a variety of media-specific Core Labs. The combination of media specific production in these Core Labs and the cross-media approach via conceptual material exercises, discursive critiques and contextualizing discussions in the Core Studios is intended to provide a comprehensive program in which students can develop both practical and critical faculties alongside each other. This well-rounded training helps Parsons alumni to exhibit their work in such prestigious venues as the Whitney Biennial, the Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum fur Modern Kunst (MMK) in Frankfurt and the Museum Ludwig in Cologne.

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