Curriculum

Photography (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 later. Current students who entered Parsons in a prior academic year and incoming/prospective transfer students with sophomore or junior standing should refer to the Parsons Catalog appropriate to their catalog year. Please 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
PUPH 2100 Core Studio 1: Photo Practices 4 -
PUPH 2101 Core Lab 1: Photo Practices 2 -
PLVS 2300 History of Photography 3 -
Liberal Arts Elective
3 -
Program Electives
3 3
ULEC University Lecture Elective
- 3
PUPH 2110 Core Studio 2: Photo Practices - 4
PUPH 2111 Core Lab 2: Photo Practices - 2
PUPH 2013 Photo Topics - 3
15 15
Junior Year F S
PUPH 3100 Core Studio 3: Photo Contexts 4 -
PUPH 3101 Core Lab 3: Photo Contexts 2 -
ULEC University Lecture Elective
3 -
Program Electives
3 3
Liberal Arts Electives
3 3
PUPH 3110 Core Studio 4: Photo Contexts - 4
PUPH 3111 Core Lab 4: Photo Contexts - 2
PLVS 2500 Intro to Visual Culture: Lecture - 0
PLVS 2501 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 (e.g., 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 -
PUPH 4100 Thesis 1 4 -
PUPH 4101 Professional Practices 1 2 -
Program Electives
3 6
Liberal Arts Electives
3 3
PUPH 4110 Thesis 2 - 4
PUPH 4111 Professional Practices 2 - 2
15 15
TOTAL CREDITS 120

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



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