The four-year BFA in Photography program offers students the opportunity to create multiple bodies of work influenced by film, design, fine art, video, and sound. Students are challenged both technically and conceptually as they develop their skills through the exploration of analog and digital technology. Our goal is to provide students with the visual, technical, conceptual, and professional vocabulary they need to succeed in their field.
Students sharpen their focus by pursuing a specific track, gaining technical mastery and in-depth knowledge of their area of interest. Students in the fashion track can work in studios and partner with professional models, makeup artists, and clothing designers. Photographers in the fine arts track learn to cultivate the conceptual insight of a fine art photographer. Students in other tracks develop the technical skills required of a commercial or editorial photographer. Elective courses in photography and other areas of study throughout The New School help students refine their interests and skills.
The program's faculty is made up of accomplished artists who help students explore careers in fine art, editorial, and advertising photography, as well as photo editing, art buying, art directing, curating, and publishing. Students benefit not only from their professors' technical expertise but from their mentorship and professional experience.
Internships are another important part of the Photography BFA program, allowing students to gain real-world experience working with the world's leading photographers, galleries, magazines, and agencies.
Graduates from the Parsons Photography program have gone on to be Surface Avant Guardians and Fulbright scholars, honorees of Photo District News' "PDN 30," and recipients of numerous accolades.