In this major, you develop the aesthetic, technical, conceptual, and professional skills needed to establish a successful creative practice. You explore analog and digital platforms and photography’s intersections with video, installation, and design.
Explore the BFA Photography community to see what students, faculty, and alumni are doing in NYC and around the world at amt.parsons.edu/bfaphoto. This program is part of Parsons' School of Art, Media, and Technology (AMT).
Curricular pathways let you specialize in social engagement, fashion culture, creative industry, imaging technology, or contemporary art while acquiring research, writing, and critical skills in art and design history and theory courses. The New School’s wide range of lecture courses and electives in the humanities, social sciences, media studies, and business broaden your perspectives and give your work conceptual depth.
Internships at galleries, publishing houses, and cultural and commercial organizations expand your career opportunities and deepen your creative practice. Access to state-of-the-art labs, shooting studios, and equipment supports your creativity; student exhibitions and critiques build your network. Through lectures and ongoing series like “Confounding Expectations: Photography in Context” and the Photography Lecture Series, you have access to prestigious speakers who engage with topics relevant to the discipline. Past speakers include James Welling, Lorna Simpson, Elliot Erwitt, Joel Meyerowitz, Melanie Wiora, Tina Barney, Andrea Modica, Ryan McGinley, and Antoni Muntadas.
Students have worked as interns for the following professionals, studios, and organizations:
Photographers: Arnold Newman, Richard Avedon, Adam Fuss, Gregory Heisle, David LaChapelle, Mary Ellen Mark, Sheila Metzner, James Porto, Francesco Scavullo, Steven Klein Studios, Joyce Tenneson, Bruce Weber, William Wegman
Museums, Galleries, and Local Organizations: Aperture Foundation, Brooklyn Museum, Center for Urban Community Services, Deitch Projects, Guggenheim Museum, Holly Solomon Gallery, Howard Greenberg Gallery, International Center for Photography, Julie Saul Gallery, Museum for African Art, Museum of Modern Art, Museum of the City of New York, New York Police Department, Pace/McGill Gallery, Polaroid 20x24 Studio, Yancey Richardson Gallery
Media: Artforum, blindspot, Elle, Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, Index, Interview, Jane, Lucky, Martha Stewart Living, Mirabella, Nylon, Rolling Stone, Vibe, W, New York Post, Paper
Commercial Firms: Art + Commerce, Black Star, Boss Models, Estée Lauder/Aramis, Eye Ball Records, Tommy Hilfiger, Madison Square Garden, Magnum Photos, Miramax Films, MTV.com, National Hockey League, Ogilvy & Mather, Russell Design Associates, Umbra Editions, USA Network/SCI FI Channel
Graduates enter fields including commercial, editorial, and fashion photography; visual art; photojournalism; publishing; gallery and studio management; and arts production and administration.
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.
To view degree requirements from prior years, visit the Academic Catalogs archive.
*Objects as History and Sustainable Systems may 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 — may be taken in any sequence, two in the fall semester and one in the spring.
BA/BFA students completing a BFA in Photography: Please see the complete BA/BFA curriculum chart here.
Parsons' Photography program is housed on four floors of 66 Fifth Avenue, on the school's Greenwich Village campus. It operates traditional black-and-white, non-silver, and alternative processes darkrooms, two state-of-the-art digital labs, a Durst Theta Digital-C printer, and five shooting studios.
The Equipment Resource Center (ERC), located on the second floor, houses a range of photographic, grip, and installation equipment for student use. Camera equipment includes 35mm film cameras, a variety of Mamiya and Hasselblad medium-format cameras, Sinar and Toyo monorail and field 4" x 5" and 8" x 10" cameras, as well as lenses for each camera type. The ERC also holds the latest in digital equipment, including a number of Sony, Canon, and Nikon DSLRs, several medium-format digital backs, and Lytros cameras as well as many Canon and Sony HD camcorders.
Darkroom lab facilities, located on the fifth floor, include a 20-station black-and-white darkroom equipped with Bessler enlargers capable of printing 4" x 5" negatives, a film developing area, a color-balanced print viewing room that allows students to make precise color corrections, and a print finishing room for drying, pressing, and mounting photographs. This floor also houses a Digital-C printer with the ability to digitally expose and develop prints on photographic luster, glossy, metallic, trans, and clear papers up to 30" wide.
Located on the third floor, digital facilities consist of two 16-station Mac Pro computers with 24" Eizo monitors, several flatbed scanners, and five Flextight Imacon drum scanners for professional-quality film scanning. These machines are loaded with the latest Adobe software, including After Effects, Bridge, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Photoshop, and Premiere. The labs are also equipped with many output options, including several Epson 4900s and Epson 4880s capable of printing 17" wide, an HP Z3200 capable of printing 24" wide, and an HP Z3200PS, Epson 9880, and Epson 9800 capable of printing 44" wide.
Shooting studios are located on the third and fourth floors and range from 500 square feet to 800 square feet in size. All studios are equipped with ProFoto strobes and base grip equipment including c-stands, grip arms, crossbars, umbrellas, and gray, white, and black seamless (9' and 5'). Two of the five studios also include Broncolor Grafit as well as hot light kits. In addition to the studios' equipment, the ERC (above) can provide off-campus Profoto/Bron lighting equipment and light modifiers as well as Arri tungsten lighting.
How does Western media overlook entire communities? Drawing on her BFA in Photography at Parsons, her BA in Global Studies at Lang, and her MA in Anthropology at NSSR, Abigail considers the Mohawk Nation, and lends her voice to many.
All applicants are required to apply online using the
Common Application. Save your work frequently and print a copy for your records. You must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission.
Any additional supporting documents that need to be sent by mail must include an
Application Materials Cover Sheet. All supporting materials must be received before your application can be reviewed.
See below for additional information regarding submission of transcripts and recommendations.
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