Bachelor's degree students spend their first year investigating a range of creative tools and methods, building a solid foundation for study and practice in all art and design fields. They also take liberal arts courses to develop the research, writing, and critical thinking skills needed to broaden their abilities as artists and designers.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art, Media, and Technology (BFA AMT) program is a 120-credit interdisciplinary course of study in which students explore the dynamic intersections of design, art, media, and technology in a complex world. The BFA AMT program enables emerging art and design thinkers and practitioners to develop their creativity in cross-disciplinary contexts and learn to see design as a transformative, future-facing enterprise. Students undertake studio projects involving ideation, research, writing, iteration, and prototyping applied to drawing, photographic thinking, visual computing, and other creative media. They leave the program prepared to use skills and media relevant to the rapidly changing world. Graduates can pursue careers in interactive and social media, film and television, motion graphics, animation, game design, advertising, graphic arts, and fine arts.
Related Studies: fine arts (painting, drawing, sculpture); graphic design; illustration; photography; publishing; creative computing; interactive design; animation and motion graphics; game design; web design
Parsons has trained five generations of designers to lead the global fashion industry, and its intensive fashion curriculum has evolved throughout the years to respond to and challenge the growing field. The 120-credit Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design program includes courses in business, fashion history, and digital design to broaden students' knowledge and vocabulary and enable them to refine their design work in both concept and execution. Students find their creative voice and identify their audience through coursework, competitions, internships, and a senior thesis collection that they document and present to a jury of industry professionals. Innovation infuses all aspects of the program, from the study of silhouette to the exploration of systems of production and distribution. The curriculum reflects social and environmental imperatives, inspiring students to envision fresh ways to make beautiful, sustainable, responsible, and relevant fashion. Graduates leave the program prepared to work in fashion, costume, and accessory design and in marketing, merchandising, and curatorial positions.
Related Studies: fashion design; accessories design; fashion illustration; fashion history, theory, and criticism; materials and fabrication; textiles; sustainable design
The Bachelor of Business Administration in Strategic Design and Management program is a 120-credit degree course of study that provides a unique integrated experience in business, design, and liberal arts education. In studio and seminar courses, students undertake project-based research and collaborations that promote interdisciplinary learning. The four-year curriculum encompasses introductory and advanced courses in strategic thinking and management in design and business; innovation and sustainability research; quantitative thinking, data analysis, and financial management; research and writing; visual communication and information design; scenario planning; and entrepreneurship and leadership. Students have opportunities to pursue project-based learning with Parsons' network of executives, activists, artists, designers, and academics. Internships let students acquire work experience while exploring potential career paths. Graduates start their own businesses, manage creative people and projects, market new products and services, develop design-driven business strategy, and assume leadership positions in a variety of enterprises.
Related Studies: branding; entrepreneurship; design business; design research; design thinking; marketing and public relations; service design; social media; social practice and innovation; sustainable design