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Fine Arts (BFA)


Beginning in fall 2013, the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree will be awarded upon completion of 120 credits, as designated by the program. (The 2012–13 curriculum continues to apply for students who entered Parsons in spring 2013 or earlier.)

First Year F S
PUFY 1000 Integrative Studio 1 and PUFY 1010 Integrated Seminar 1

This course pairing brings together writing, reading, and making through projects that draw on creative and critical skills in a liberal arts and studio context. In Integrative Studio, students create projects that involve collaboration, cross-disciplinary activity, research, and prototyping. In Integrative Seminar, they develop essential reading and writing skills that help them connect text and visual elements, a practice central to art and design. Students will be able to select from course options that allow them to explore different topics.

6 -
PUFY 1100 Sustainable Systems*

In this liberal arts course, students explore energy, climate change, and our dependence on nonrenewable materials. Lectures, seminars, fieldwork, and hands-on experiments introduce students to the physics, chemistry, and biology of energy and the way these systems relate to design and everyday experience.

3 -
First-Year Studio: PUFY 1020 Space/Materiality**

In this six-hour studio, students become familiar with the methods and tools used to investigate and manipulate space and materials. In Parsons' modeling facilities, studio classrooms, and shops, they explore form, connections between making and thinking, and properties of space and materials such as weight, texture, color, durability, life cycle, and ecological impact. Students will be able to select from course options that allow them to explore different topics.

3 -
First-Year Studio: PUFY 1030 Drawing/Imaging**

In this six-hour studio, students explore human interaction with the visual world and create two-dimensional works using digital tools such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, drawing, photography, and mixed media. They investigate perception, representation, and culture as they record and then translate observations into visual form, organizing content, analyzing relationships, and communicating ideas. Students will be able to select from course options that allow them to explore different topics.

3 -
First-Year Studio: PUFY 1040 Time**

In this six-hour studio, students focus on evolving concepts of time in art and design and the way those concepts shape human experience and our understanding of the world. They develop and structure narratives and shape user experiences in projects ranging from bookmaking to performance art to audiovisual pieces. Media including Adobe InDesign and video editing software are used. Students will be able to select from course options that allow them to explore different topics.

- 3
First-Year Elective
- 3
PLHT 1000 Objects as History: Prehistory to Industrialization*

This lecture-and-discussion seminar traces world history through the social, cultural, technological, and religious functions of objects found in collections throughout New York City. Readings, lectures, and field trips to museums introduce students to objects representing a span of time from prehistory up to the Industrial Revolution. Students conduct research on objects used by a society and report their findings in written form and presentations.

- 3
PUFY 1001 Integrative Studio 2 and PUFY 1011 Integrated Seminar 2

Building on methods introduced in the first semester, this course pairs a reading and writing seminar with a studio exploring the impact of research on art and design practice. Students learn to use design tools employed by professionals in the field and undertake individual and collaborative projects that investigate how cultural values can be transmitted through art and design. Coursework emphasizes research, formal writing, systems thinking, and information navigation skills and introduces distributed learning techniques. Students will be able to select from course options that allow them to explore different topics.

- 6
15 15
Sophomore Year F S
PUFA 2200 Core Studio 1: Sign and System

Provides an outline of the expansive and multifaceted nature of what constitutes contemporary art as a field. The course focuses on the “sign” as the most irreducible element of communication across all media in contemporary Fine Art practice with the aim of providing awareness of the complexity and integrity of different methodologies existing within the field. In the Core Studios, emphasis is placed on student participation in critiques and discussions of their work and the work of others. Students bring work from their respective lab courses (including readings, short exercises, research assignments and critique of works) where it can form the basis for a discussion about the field. Discussion centers on students’ awareness of methodology in studio practice, historical and contemporary artistic approaches to ideas, modes of artistic research and forms of realization.

3 -
PUFA 2220 Core Lab 1: Intro 2D or PUFA 2230 Core Lab 1: Intro 3D
   or PUFA 2240 Core Lab 1: Intro 4D

The introductory Core Lab 1 will offer students a technical, material and historical exploration into the fundamentals of a particular medium area, choosing two of three courses in 2D, 3D, or 4D emphasis. This course investigates a delimited but non‐prescriptive constellation of the elements foundational to the aesthetic and material operations within each medium area. The Core Labs encourage familiarity with a broad variety of strategies and techniques in various media, including broad exposure to relevant works of art. This set of production courses grows progressively greater in intensity throughout the program. The Core Labs encourage familiarity with a broad variety of strategies and techniques in various media, including broad exposure to relevant works of art.

3 -
PUFA 2220 Core Lab 1: Intro 2D or PUFA 2230 Core Lab 1: Intro 3D
   or PUFA 2240 Core Lab 1: Intro 4D

The introductory Core Lab 1 will offer students a technical, material and historical exploration into the fundamentals of a particular medium area, choosing two of three courses in 2D, 3D, or 4D emphasis. This course investigates a delimited but non‐prescriptive constellation of the elements foundational to the aesthetic and material operations within each medium area. The Core Labs encourage familiarity with a broad variety of strategies and techniques in various media, including broad exposure to relevant works of art. This set of production courses grows progressively greater in intensity throughout the program. The Core Labs encourage familiarity with a broad variety of strategies and techniques in various media, including broad exposure to relevant works of art.

3 -
PLAH 2305 History of Modern and Postmodern Art

The 20th century changed everything about art: where it was located, who made it, who it was made for, what it was made of, how it was made, and what was and wasn't considered art. This class will explore these changes in terms of ongoing tensions and connections, including those between object and image, abstraction and figuration, material and spiritual, accumulation and appropriation, nature and culture. There will be readings from artists' writings and critical histories that substantiate these ideas, along with class discussions, written projects, and field trips to appropriate venues. Discussions will include individual artists and representative art movements from throughout the century.

3 -
Studio Electives
3 3
PUFA 2210 Core Studio 2: Form and Innovation

Students learn about the history of methodological ruptures within the field, including those prompted by the introduction of new media and new technologies as well as those initiated by shifts in thinking brought on by changes in historical or socio‐political conditions. Emphasis is placed on participation in critiques, and students develop both practical and critical faculties in an environment that includes the readings, short exercises, research assignments and critique of works that they bring from their respective Labs.

- 3
PUFA 3220 Core Lab 2: Topics 2D or PUFA 3230 Core Lab 2: Topics 3D
   or PUFA 3240 Core Lab 2: Topics 4D

The Topics‐level Core Labs 2 and 3 offer a focused investigation into a single topic within a specific media area (including 2D, 3D, and 4D), focused on issues of historical significance, current major issues, processes, and directions of the field. The topic can be focused simply on one specific techniques or material or idea, or can allow for hybrid practices or context‐driven strategies. The topics class will allow students to explore the respective areas in more focus and depth, through research‐based studio work. Selected topics emphasize collaborative production and processes within Fine Arts and provide students opportunities to display their work and to experience and participate in critiques and discussions of their work and the work of others.

- 3
ULEC University Lecture Elective
- 3
Liberal Arts Elective
- 3
15 15
Junior Year F S
PUFA 3200 Core Studio 3: Site and Context

Builds on the introduction to the expansive and multifaceted nature the field of contemporary art provided by Core 1 and Core 2, by encouraging students to explore the implications of location, audience, and the constitution of a public, from the position of an artist and discuss the contexts and environments in which art is conceived and engaged. Emphasis is placed on student participation in critiques and discussions of their work and the work of others. Students will be broadly exposed to many and varied strategies within the field through lectures, presentations, discussions, and site visits, and will come to understand the similarities, differences, and relationships among various areas of fine arts.

3 -
PUFA 3220 Core Lab 2: Topics 2D or PUFA 3230 Core Lab 2: Topics 3D
   or PUFA 3240 Core Lab 2: Topics 4D

The Topics‐level Core Labs 2 and 3 offer a focused investigation into a single topic within a specific media area (including 2D, 3D, and 4D), focused on issues of historical significance, current major issues, processes, and directions of the field. The topic can be focused simply on one specific techniques or material or idea, or can allow for hybrid practices or context‐driven strategies. The topics class will allow students to explore the respective areas in more focus and depth, through research‐based studio work. Selected topics emphasize collaborative production and processes within Fine Arts and provide students opportunities to display their work and to experience and participate in critiques and discussions of their work and the work of others.

3 -
ULEC University Lecture Elective
3 -
Studio Electives
3 3
Liberal Arts Electives
3 3
PUFA 3210 Core Studio 4: System and Network

Supports a practical experience in the field. It provides a forum for students to share and digest their practicum experiences, including a set of group conversations with host employers. Students develop the ability to work independently in professional contexts on a variety of art problems by combining the skills they have developed in studio, critical analysis, history, and technology.

- 3
PUFA 3520 Core Lab: Advanced Projects 2D or PUFA 3530 Core Lab: Advanced
   Projects 3D or PUFA 3540 Core Lab: Advanced Projects 4D

This course facilitates an experience of “going deep” within a specific medium. Students will undertake a large-scale project of their own devising with the assistance of faculty who has expertise in the central medium employed in their project. Advanced Projects allows students to develop an emphasis in at least one media area within Fine Arts.

- 3
PLVS 2500 Intro to Visual Culture

Visual Studies is an exciting new area of study that looks at the range of art, media, and visual images, in our increasingly technological and communications based culture, rather than focusing on fine art alone. The course will familiarize students with the key terms and debates, as well as introduce techniques used to analyze visual images from art and photography, to television and electronic media, using a variety of overlapping analytic frameworks. We will draw upon new approaches in art history, media studies, gender studies, literary and social theory, and discuss their cultural, political, and aesthetic implications.

- 3
15 15
Senior Year F S
PUFA 4100 Core Studio 5: Artist and Studio

Exposes students to the broad field of opportunities available post‐graduation, from public art commissions to residencies, and gives students up‐to‐date information on the best resources and methods for information‐gathering within the field. Professional writing, in its many forms, is emphasized. Direct engagement with the visiting artists in the lecture series is an important part of their developing career exploration. Students develop the ability to work independently in professional contexts on a variety of art problems by combining the skills they have developed in studio, critical analysis, history, and technology.

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PUFA 4300 Thesis 1

Thesis 1 and 2 are the courses in which students develop a major body of work for both exhibition and evaluation at year’s end. Students must demonstrate technical mastery, capability to produce work and solve problems independently, and develop a coherent set of artistic/intellectual goals that are evident in their work. They must present work that demonstrates perceptual acuity, conceptual understanding, and technical facility at a professional entry level in Fine Arts.

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ADHT Pre‐Capstone

Students will choose from of a range of courses designed to prepare them for their capstone experience. These will stress a reciprocal relationship between independent work and class time, practice and theory, which will enable them to reflect critically on art, design and visual practices as they relate to issues of sustainability, politics, and social justice. This is an upper-level methodology, research, and writing class that continues to refine the skills and thought processes students have acquired as they progress through Parsons: presentation skills, writing skills, self and peer reflection and assessment skills, executive skills, research skills and systems thinking.

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Studio Electives
3 3
Liberal Arts Electives
3 3
PUFA 4210 Core Studio 6: Creativity and Entrepreneurship

Core Studio 6 is focused on integrating students’ personal practice with their professional aspirations and expanding the horizon of areas to which they might consider applying fine arts thinking. Responding to the diversity of models for practice within the field, from the atelier to the small business or the non‐profit, this course aids students in researching and creating a professional context for their ideas. Students develop the ability to work independently in professional contexts on a variety of art problems by combining the skills they have developed in studio, critical analysis, history, and technology, as appropriate to the situation.

- 3
PUFA 4310 Thesis 2

Thesis 1 and 2 are the courses in which students develop a major body of work for both exhibition and evaluation at year’s end. Students must demonstrate technical mastery, capability to produce work and solve problems independently, and develop a coherent set of artistic/intellectual goals that are evident in their work. They must present work that demonstrates perceptual acuity, conceptual understanding, and technical facility at a professional entry level in Fine Arts.

- 3
PUFA 4032 Thesis Writing

This course develops the ability to use writing as a professional tool to critically engage one’s own work as part of a studio practice. Students must be able to adequately present the ideas that inform and drive their work as well as the way that it is situated within the larger contemporary field. Thesis Writing helps to develop the ability to form and defend value judgments about studio work and to communicate art ideas, concepts, and requirements to professionals and laypersons in Fine Arts contexts. Students are encouraged to find a voice in relation to their own work through a variety of creative and innovative writing strategies, and reading other artists writings.

- 3
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.

** First-Year Studio courses—Space/Materiality, Drawing/Imaging, and Time—may be taken in any sequence, two in the fall semester and one in the spring.



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