Parsons seeks students who are interested in combining the creative process with digital technology. Successful students are those who want to experiment at the intersection of art and technology and understand that learning to code is not just an ability to program; it provides new ways of expression, investigation, and seeing the world.
Parsons connects emergent digital technologies to a broader view of expression, identity, social/political issues and culture. Design and Technology offers opportunities to learn and experiment with programming languages, hardware and open source platforms, such as Processing, Arduino and openFrameworks. We encourage students to be independent thinkers who explore, question and find new ways to approach and solve problems.
Parsons students studying creative technologies apply these skills to develop new software, write applications for experimental interactions, produce innovative artwork, and program for social good. From interactive museum exhibit designers to participatory performance and dynamic narrative experiences, our students make contributions to the vibrant and rich artistic fabric of New York and beyond.
Beyond the Screen
BFA DT extends art and design beyond screen-based interactions. Many students create playful robotic creatures, make their own musical instruments and visualizations, and build experimental sound installations. At Parsons, students have opportunities to work in house or collaborate on projects with peers across the university, such as students in The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
Making with code
Every student in the Design and Technology program learns to code. This ranges from experimental websites, robotics and sound-based work to spatial, sculptural or performative installations. They explore, experiment, and learn to make computer-based art. Every project teaches something new.