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A Program within a School

The BFA in Communication Design is one of several programs in the School of Art, Media, and Technology (AMT). AMT also houses Design and Technology, Fine Arts, Photography, and Illustration. As new technologies continue to facilitate communication, disciplines within AMT further merge, enabling the school community to address current social needs through art and design.

Parsons’ labs, libraries, galleries, and research institutes spark new work and offer information to validate it.

Liberal Arts Inquiry

By enrolling in art and design history and theory courses as well as related studio classes, students acquire essential research, writing, and critical reasoning skills while developing conceptual foundations for creative inquiry. Because Parsons is part of The New School, students can choose from a wide range of lecture courses and electives in the humanities, social sciences, media studies, and business.

Networked New York

Some of the world’s most renowned print, Web, interaction, advertising, gaming, and broadcast designers are located in New York City. Students enjoy access to individuals leading the industry, as instructors, experts presenting work, hosts for internships, collaborators, or guest critics on projects such as the Senior Thesis.

Parsons Career Services hosts portfolio review events and puts potential employers and internship sponsors in touch with program participants. In addition, New York–based industry organizations like the Type Directors Club, AIGA, IxDA (Interaction Design Association), and The Art Directors Club, as well as research groups like Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, offer support and networking opportunities.

Project-based Learning

Faculty members also take advantage of New York’s abundant design resources to create classes that support hands-on learning. These classes often take the form of partnerships with local and global firms and organizations, including Time Warner, Microsoft, Apple, Electronic Arts, the United Nations, and Human Rights Watch.



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