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Fine Arts


The Fine Arts minor engages students in a diverse array of studio practices, ideas, communities, and global relationships. Students learn to translate their concepts into individual expression by experimenting with composition, color, materials, form, space, or performance, developing a solid set of making skills and contemporary artistic strategies. Formal techniques and critical thinking skills are explored in 2D (painting, photography, printmaking, drawing, collage), 3D (sculpture, installation), and 4D (video, performance) Core Labs. Topics and Core Studio courses combine these technical and conceptual skills with more involved investigations of concepts in contemporary art, while xStudios and Collabs give students the opportunity to do interdisciplinary work with contemporary artists on specific current themes. After completing a sampling of studio and lab coursework, students have the opportunity to develop their own fine arts practice through an Advanced Practice course, delving into a distinct area of fine arts and creating self-designed projects with specific faculty members.

The minor in Fine Arts requires successful completion of 18 credits across five subject areas as outlined in the chart below. Please note:

  • PUFA 2200 Core Seminar 1: Sign and System is required of all students intending to complete this minor.

Note: Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.


Parsons minors are generally open to undergraduate students across The New School, except where program restrictions exist. All students should contact their advisors regarding their options before pursuing a minor.

Students majoring in the following programs are restricted from pursuing a minor in Fine Arts:

  • BA/BS Liberal Arts
  • BFA Fine Arts

The Fine Arts minor requires an application for admission. Applications are available to eligible students via


Subject Area Course Options Requirements

Introduction of Main Concepts

3 credits
Concepts and Movements that Inform Contemporary Art 3 credits
Framing Conceptual Ideas through Visual Media

0–3 credits

Students who have already completed one of these courses, or will do so for their major, should instead select another course in the subject area "2D/3D/4D Techniques and Processes" (below).

2D/3D/4D Techniques and Processes 3–9 credits
Advanced 2D/3D/4D Topics, Histories, and Practice

3–9 credits