The BFA Photography program is one of several within the School of Art, Media, and Technology (AMT). Besides Photography, AMT provides a home for Communication Design, Design and Technology, Fine Arts, and Illustration. Undergraduate and graduate photography students work together with peers and faculty from other programs, forming a diverse community of creative practitioners skilled in their crafts, new technologies, and the intricacies of the industry they wish to enter.
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.
Through lectures and ongoing series like Confounding Expectations: Photography in Context and the Photography Lecture Series, the program hosts prestigious speakers who engage with topics relevant to the discipline today. These talks, held in conjunction with local arts organizations like the Aperture Foundation, attract world-renowned artists and scholars such as James Welling, Lorna Simpson, Elliot Erwitt, Joel Meyerowitz, Melanie Wiora, Tina Barney, Andrea Modica, Ryan McGinley, and Antoni Muntadas.
New York’s many art galleries, publishing houses, cultural institutions, and commercial industries offer rich internship opportunities in a broad range of fields. Exhibitions and open studios throughout the year provide further space for dialogue with New York industry professionals. Students broaden their perspective through participation in international projects like the Exquisite Corpse, an ethnographic design expedition to China, and the recent State Hermitage Museum exhibit in St. Petersburg, Russia.