During their freshman year at Parsons, students critically and creatively engage with New York City. First-year courses take full advantage of the resources of New York for research and inspiration. It is not unusual for students to draw at the Metropolitan Museum of Art one day and explore a neighborhood in Brooklyn the next.
First-year programming includes lectures, workshops, intensive projects, and exhibitions that reinforce the curriculum’s interdisciplinary goals, develop students’ ability to think through making, and provide insights that can help students select a major.
Parsons studio resources include classrooms with Internet access and projection capabilities, work-sinks, and pinup space. Other resources include a state-of-the-art tool room for cutting and shaping a wide range of materials, a room with workbenches for fabricating projects, and a soft materials room for exploration through sewing.