Parsons’ BFA Architectural Design degree program situates practice in a fine arts context and in relation to the spatial and making disciplines of interior design and product design. In this pre-professional major, you investigate environmental, cultural, and theoretical concerns using methods ranging from full-scale construction to digital animation. You create socially engaged, collaboratively made, and globally oriented work along with students in graduate programs in architecture, industrial design, interior design, and lighting design, also offered at Parsons’ School of Constructed Environments (SCE).
Explore the BFA Architectural Design community to see what students, faculty, and alumni are doing in NYC and around the world at sce.parsons.edu. This program is part of Parsons’ School of Constructed Environments.
Courses in the architecture program guide you in exploring the body in space as well as environmental and cultural factors influencing design. You study form, tectonics, structure, energy, and urban dynamics. As a junior or senior, you can enroll in the undergraduate Design Build elective, a class in which students design and build a public outdoor seating area. Guest lecturers, critics, and visits to design studios expose you to current work and professional practice. Art and design history and theory courses develop essential research, writing, and critical reasoning skills as well as the conceptual foundations for creative inquiry.
In internships, courses, and projects you take on with peers in related programs — interior, product, and urban design — you build collaborative skills and broaden your design knowledge. Visits to construction sites and industry partners such as Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the Center for Architecture, and Material Connexion provide further insight into the world of architectural practice.
Graduates pursue careers and advanced education in architecture, landscape architecture, environmental art, and urban, exhibition, and interior design.
Note: This program will be STEM-designated as of May 28, 2019. Eligible F-1
students in this program can apply for an additional 24 months of
Optional Practical Training at the end of their Post-Completion OPT.
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 can be taken in any 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.
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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