The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Integrated Design is a rigorous program that provides students with a curricular platform to integrate design fields. It emphasizes innovation in art and design practice grounded in a conception of design as an agent of social change. The curriculum is built around a collaborative project-based studio core and is enriched by all the resources of Parsons and The New School. Through exploration of interdisciplinary pathways in art and design, students acquire tools with which to address the social, economic, and environmental challenges of our time.
Integrated Design students have opportunities to take courses offered by any of the programs in the School of Design Strategies and by other programs across Parsons and the university. In art and design history and theory courses and related studio classes, students acquire essential research, writing, and critical reasoning skills and develop conceptual foundations for a life of creative inquiry. BFA students have a range of self-directed options when selecting studio credits. The program's elective courses are open to all New School students.
Students in the Integrated Design program choose a pathway as part of their major course of study. Pathways consist of courses corresponding to Parsons' minors and allow flexibility of choice and scheduling. Students may also choose an additional pathway or minor as a complement to their major pathway.
The Integrated Design program prepares students for a variety of design careers as well as advanced design study. Since the program's core incorporates a number of emergent design fields, graduates find career paths in a wide range of creative industries and public service, including work in firms requiring large-scale systems and design experience. Many graduates combine design with entrepreneurship by starting innovative design businesses.