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  • During their sophomore year, students develop an understanding of the vocabularies, skills, techniques, practices, and contexts of architectural design and investigate concepts of scale, space making, and systems in architecture. The program scaffolds this knowledge across several years as students develop a more differentiated design vocabulary and the capacity to respond to more complex design briefs. During their junior and senior years, students develop fluency with core concepts of architectural practice, researching issues of architectural and urban significance and applying their findings in design solutions of varying scales. Students explore critical issues driving transformation in the field, such as climate change, urbanization, sustainability, decarbonization, equity, and justice.

    The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is awarded for completion of 120 credits as designated by the program. A maximum of 60 credits may be transferred from another institution. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA and fulfill all requirements in a timely manner.

    Parsons’ position within a major university—The New School—informs its interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and practice. University electives broaden your skills and perspectives with a wide range of liberal arts courses in the humanities, the social sciences, media studies, and business.

    To view degree requirements from prior years, visit the Academic Catalogs archive. For a complete listing of courses and course descriptions, visit the university course catalog.

    PUAD 3010 Architecture Design Studio 3 3 -
    PUAD 3000 Environmental Design: Architecture and Energy 3 -
    3 -
    3 6
    3 3
    PUAD 3011 Architecture Design Studio 4 - 6
    Subtotal 15 15
    PLSD 3500 Advanced Research Seminar: Constructed Environments  3 -
    PUAD 4010 Architecture Design Studio 5 6 -
    3 -
    3 3
    PUAD 4011 Architecture Design Studio 6: Capstone - 6
    - 6
    Subtotal 15 15
    Total Credits

    Objects as History and Sustainable Systems can be taken in either 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.

    BA/BFA students completing a BFA in Architectural Design: Please speak to your advisor to see how your course requirements are spread across your five years at The New School.

    4+2 BFA/MArch Pathway 

    BFA Architectural Design students who wish to pursue graduate study can also take advantage of our BFA/MArch pathway. This enables students to take specific courses in the MArch program during their undergraduate course of study and complete a 90-credit graduate degree in just two years. Please contact your program director or advisor for more information.

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