In this minor, students are introduced to a broad range of photographic processes, technologies, and conceptual practices while working within the rich intersections between photography, film, video, design, visual art, and sound. After acquiring analog and digital core skills, students are encouraged to pursue a specific concentration, gaining deeper knowledge in specific areas of interest (including social engagement, fashion culture, creative industry, and contemporary art).

    The Photography minor is offered through Parsons' School of Art, Media, and Technology and requires successful completion of 18 credits across six subject areas, as outlined in the chart below. Please note that PSAM 1050, Photo Practices, is required for all students intending to complete this minor and should be taken before other minor coursework.

    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.


    A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate:

    • Strength in photographic technical practices connected with film, digital media, and visual art 
    • Strength in the visual, technical, conceptual and professional vocabulary used in the photographic area of interest
    • Competence in integrating commercial and visual art and critical practices as adaptable knowledge creatively and professionally, demonstrating a breadth of knowledge, technical ability, and cultural awareness
    • Competence in using images in a socially and politically expedient manner and ability to conduct critical analysis of image culture as it relates to social responsibility
    • An understanding of photographic tools in making visual work within a larger context of visual culture and technology, possibly including activism, image culture, and anthropology
    • An understanding of the photographic canon(s) and primary texts


    Subject Area Course Options Requirements

    Introduction to Main Concepts

    3 credits
    Photographic Canon and Primary Texts 3 credits
    Visual and Conceptual Best Practices 3 credits
    Technical Practices 3 credits
    Integration 3 credits
    Critical Use of Images 3 credits


    Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School except those students at Lang and in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are completing a self-designed BA or BS in Liberal Arts, who are not permitted to declare minors. For students at Lang or in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are interested in pursuing deeper study of this subject area, opportunities are available through the self-designed major in Liberal Arts. To explore this, contact an academic advisor or read more information about self-designed options for Lang or the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students.

    Students majoring in BFA Photography are also restricted from pursuing a minor in Photography. The Photography minor requires an application for admission.
    For questions regarding this minor’s curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Lacie Garnes, assistant professor, at