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  • Parsons’ Integrated Design Program (IDP) empowers young design leaders, entrepreneurial artists, and creative strategists to establish changemaking practices and careers for an evolving world. IDP inspires makers to experiment with cross-disciplinary research and design strategy at a range of scales. It guides creatives to develop values-driven practices. Learning integrates studio classes, rigorous academic courses offered throughout the university, and real-world problem solving with design professionals. Graduates emerge with hands-on integrative skills and peers with whom to collaborate and sustain creative livelihoods. 

    Program Highlights

    • Career Relevance

      Learn to play a variety of roles in your creative and professional practice—even at the same time. Prepare for a career that can evolve as the world does, enabling you to, for example, produce artwork for galleries and film festivals, work as a creative director or designer, or organize social impact initiatives. 

    • Multidisciplinarity

      Ask complex, impact-focused questions; channel your own creative agency as well as that of your collaborators; and develop a values-based framework to imagine new futures. 

    • Cross-Sector Leadership

      Navigate a variety of roles with partners and clients ranging from public nonprofits and NGOs to private businesses, grassroots movements, start-ups, and more. 

    • Real-World Learning

      Take part in collaborative and entrepreneurial projects with world-class partners such as the United Nations, The Guggenheim Museum, Center for Urban Pedagogy, National Public Housing Museum, and The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.  

    • Degree Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
    • Format Full-time, on campus
    • Credits 120
    • Duration 4 years
  • Curriculum

    IDP students work with their assigned advisor to understand pathway requirements and integrate a range of learning experiences aimed at helping students reach their individual creative and professional goals. In collaboration with faculty and advisors, IDP students select from a set of approved electives to design a pathway. NOTE: All IDP students are expected to plan ahead and identify the appropriate prerequisites when sequencing their three-year course of study in the major.

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  • Career Paths

    Graduates of the BFA Integrated Design program are qualified for careers in service design, urban design, fashion design, entrepreneurship, sustainability management, consulting, and fine arts as well as careers related to the focus of their individual academic study path.

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      New York City’s thriving creative industry and cultural institutions are part of your Parsons education. Our Career Services Office is deeply connected to the art and design industries and can help you advance your career with industry-oriented internships.

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      Industry Engagement

      Connect to the organizations, businesses, and entrepreneurs driving global creativity and commerce. In classes, internships, and extracurricular projects, you gain marketable problem-solving skills in sectors ranging from government and nonprofits to tech and creative industries.

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      Study Abroad

      Enrich your learning and prepare for work in global contexts with study abroad that exposes you to new perspectives and settings in which to apply your creativity. Our study abroad destinations include, Paris, London, Florence, and more.

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      Making & Academic Resources

      Enjoy access to extensive resources including New School libraries, computer labs, archives, and studios, along with Parsons’ state-of-the-art Making Center, facilities offering a broad array of tools to support your creative and academic growth.

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