Curriculum

Product Design (BFA) Program

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is awarded upon completion of 120 credits, as designated by the program. A maximum of 60 credits can be transferred. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and fulfill all requirements in a timely manner.

Note: This curriculum applies to students who enter Parsons as first-year students in fall 2013 and after. Current students who entered Parsons in a prior academic year and incoming and prospective transfer students with sophomore or junior standing should refer to the Parsons catalog appropriate to their catalog year. See Academic Policies for more details.

First Year F S
PUFY 1000 Integrative Studio 1 3
PUFY 1010 Integrative Seminar 1 3
PUFY 1100 Sustainable Systems* 3
PUFY 1020 Space/Materiality** 3
PUFY 1030 Drawing/Imaging** 3
PUFY 1040 Time** 3
PUFY 1001 Integrative Studio 2 3
PUFY 1011 Integrative Seminar 2 3
PLHT 1000 Objects as History* 3
Program Elective
3
15 15
Sophomore Year F S
PUPD 2010 Design Studio 1: Research, Design, and Development 3
PUPD 2027 Models, Mockups, and Prototypes 3
PUPD 2020 Process Drawing and Digital Presentation 3
PLDS 2190 History of Design: Lecture 0
PLDS 2191 History of Design: Recitation 3
Program Electives
3 3
PUPD 2011 Design Studio 2: Research, Design, and Development 3
PUPD 2090 Computer-Aided Industrial Design: Lecture 3
PUPD 2091 Computer-Aided Industrial Design: Recitation 0
PUPD 2030 Materials and Manufacturing Processes: Lecture 3
PUPD 2031 Materials and Manufacturing Processes: Recitation 0
PLDS 2500 Introduction to Design Studies: Lecture 0
PLDS 2501 Introduction to Design Studies: Recitation 3
  15 15
Junior Year F S
PUPD 3010 Design Studio 3: Design Concepts and Applications 3
PUPD 3050 Human Factors, Ergonomics, and Interfaces 3
Program Electives
3 3
Liberal Arts Electives
6 3
ULEC University Lecture Elective
3
PUPD 3011 Design Studio 4: Design Concepts and Applications 3
PUPD 3080 Portfolio, Publication, and Dynamic Media 3
  15 15
Senior Year F S
ADHT Pre-Capstone

The pre-capstone is an upper-level methodology, research, and writing class that prepares students for their capstone experience (thesis project). Students refine skills that they have developed throughout their course of study, including research, writing, and presentation; self-reflection and peer assessment; and incorporation of systems thinking, public policy, and social justice. Class activity is integrated with and contextualized by students' individual work, and emphasis on the reciprocity of practice and theory enables students to reflect critically on art, design, and visual practices.

3
PUPD 4010 Design Studio 5: Senior Project(s) 6
Program Electives
3 3
Liberal Arts Electives
3 3
ULEC University Lecture Elective
3
PUPD 4011 Design Studio 6: Capstone 6
  15 15
TOTAL CREDITS 120

*Objects as History and Sustainable Systems can be taken in any sequence, one in the fall semester and one in the spring.

**The three first-year studio courses—Drawing/Imaging, Space/Materiality, and Time—can be taken in any sequence, two in the fall semester and one in the spring.



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