This major exposes you to a range of studio practices, ideas, communities, and global dynamics related to contemporary art. You develop the skills and artistic strategies to translate concepts into expression through composition, color, form, space, and performance.
This program is part of Parsons' School of Art, Media, and Technology (AMT). Learn about the AMT community and explore our
blog to see what students, faculty, and alumni are doing in NYC and around the world.
This program guides you to discover your creative voice, familiarizing you with traditional techniques of painting, drawing, and sculpture as well as innovative interdisciplinary methods in media involving public engagement, video, animation, photography, and digital imaging.
You acquire a range of practical and theoretical skills by producing medium-specific work in the Core Studios and developing a cross-media approach in conceptual exercises, discursive critiques, and discussions in the Core Seminars.
Art and design history and theory courses give you the research, writing, and critical reasoning skills you need to contextualize and share your ideas and concepts. Access to an array of lecture courses and electives in the humanities, social sciences, media studies, and business further develops your conceptual and critical abilities for a professional art career.
Learn by living in one of the most diverse arts communities in the world. Internships and electives on topics such as art history, art theory, and professional practices broaden your perspective and expose you to real-world practices. In New York City, you have access to legendary local institutions such as the
New Museum; the
Museum of Modern Art; the
Whitney Museum of American Art;
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; and the
Graduates find success in fields such as fine art; arts administration; curatorial studies and practice; museum, auction house, gallery, and art fair management; art history and criticism; education; and publishing.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is awarded upon completion of 120 credits, as designated by the program. A maximum of 60 credits may be transferred from another institution. 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.
*Objects as History and Sustainable Systems can be taken in either 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.
†Select two of three.
‡Select one of three.
Learn more about what Parsons students, faculty, and alumni are doing throughout the city and around the world.
Explore the Fine Arts Community
The following is a list of some notable program alumni:
Tom Brauer (2002)
Lital Cohen (2003)
Sheryl R. (Fried) Kolitsopoulos (1980)
Lisa Ficarella Halpern (1981)
Matthew McCaslin (1980)
Shayna McConville (2002)
Lisa Norris (1992)
JoAnn Osnoe (1982)
Antonio Serna (1997)
Elizabeth Sibilia (1998)
Duston Spear (1976)
Katrin Speiss (1995)
Jakub Staron (1993)
Margaret Tsirantonakis (1980)
Leslie Wayne (1984)
Tony Wilkinson (1974)
All applicants are required to apply online using the Common Application. Save your work frequently and print a copy for your records. You must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission.
Any additional supporting documents that need to be sent by mail must include an
Application Materials Cover Sheet. All supporting materials must be received before your application can be reviewed.
See below for additional information regarding submission of transcripts and recommendations.
Some of your required materials will be submitted through
The New School does not require TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores for applicants:
Anthony Aziz, Program Director
Art, Media, Tech