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  • 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.

    Your BFA begins with Parsons’ first-year curriculum, which serves as the first-year course of study for all undergraduate programs at Parsons. The first year immerses you in an exploration of art and design concepts, skills, and critical practices, training students to become flexible thinkers, proficient makers, and lifelong learners. 

    Starting in your second year, the holistic design-led fashion curriculum encompasses concept and research through 2D, 3D, and 4D processes. Core courses emphasize self-discovery, and the curriculum includes instruction in visual communication strategies and material research and employs a systems thinking approach to fashion. Your senior-year thesis is self-proposed and provides you with the opportunity to express your design philosophy in one of many formats, including a collection of garments or fashion products, material research, a written exploration of fashion-related social and cultural contexts, a documentary film, or a fashion presentation.

    Throughout your studies, art and design history and theory courses develop essential research, writing, and critical reasoning skills as well as the conceptual foundations for creative inquiry.

    Parsons’ position within a major university — The New School — informs our 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

    The curriculum chart below reflects the typical course of study in this program. To view the curriculum that has been adjusted for the exceptional 2020-2021 academic year, click here.

  • JUNIOR YEAR F S
    PUFD 3320 Design Studio 3 3 -
    PUFD 3330 Specialized Studio 1 3 -
    3 -
    3 3
    3 3
    PLFS 3500 Advanced Research Seminar: Fashion - 3
    PUFD 3321 Design Studio 4 - 3
    PUFD 3331 Specialized Studio 2 - 3
    Subtotal 15 15
    SENIOR YEAR F S
    PUFD 4220 Thesis 1: Ideation 6 -
    3 3
    6 6
    PUFD 4221 Thesis 2: Resolution - 6
    Subtotal 15 15
    Total Credits
    120

    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 Fashion Design: Please see the complete BA/BFA curriculum chart in the academic catalog.

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