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This minor engages students in a diverse array of studio practices, ideas, communities, and global relationships. Students learn to translate their concepts into individual expression by experimenting with composition, color, materials, form, space, or
performance, developing a solid set of making skills and contemporary artistic strategies. Formal techniques and critical thinking skills are explored in 2D (painting, photography, printmaking, drawing, collage), 3D (sculpture, installation), and
4D (video, performance) Core Labs. Topics and Core Studio courses combine these technical and conceptual skills with more involved investigations of concepts in contemporary art, while xStudios and Collabs give students the opportunity to do interdisciplinary
work with contemporary artists on specific current themes. After completing a sampling of studio and lab coursework, students have the opportunity to develop their own fine arts practice through an Advanced Practice course, delving into a distinct
area of fine arts and creating self-designed projects with specific faculty members.
The Fine Arts minor is offered through Parsons'
School of Art, Media, and Technology and requires successful completion of 18 credits across five subject areas, as outlined in the chart below. Please
note that PUFA 2200 Core Seminar 1: Sign and System is required for all students intending to complete this minor.
Note: Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.
A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate:
Introduction of Main Concepts
Students who have already completed one of these courses, or will do so for their major, should instead select another course in the subject area "2D/3D/4D Techniques and Processes" (below).
Minors are available to all undergraduate students at The New School, though some minors are closed to students in certain majors (please see the list of preclusions for
more details). Students may declare minors outside of their own colleges. To explore this option, contact your academic advisor.
Students majoring in BFA Fine Arts are also restricted from pursuing a minor in Fine Arts. The Fine Arts minor requires an application for admission.
For questions regarding this minor’s curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Shane Selzer, part-time assistant professor, at
Art, Media, Tech
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