As a BFA Communication Design student, you begin your major with an intense focus on typography and interaction, then go on to complete courses, internships, and sponsored projects in editorial design, interaction design, branding, Web/mobile product design, type design, motion graphics, advertising design, and information design. A related program, the BFA in Art, Media, and Technology, is offered at the
Parsons Paris campus.
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You learn techniques, methods, and theories that prepare you to play a variety of present-day design roles and future ones needed in this ever-expanding field. The work is framed with the social, technological, and economic realities of our time and emphasis is placed on individual agency and collective action. In hands-on, collaborative courses, you work directly with peers throughout the university — including students in programs housed at other schools within The New School — and with external partners. Electives on topics like environmental graphics, design for social engagement, business, and media studies enhance your learning. And art and design history and theory courses contextualize your work while developing your research, writing, and critical reasoning skills. Parsons’ resources, including labs, libraries, galleries, and research institutes, support your ideas and projects.
Some of the world’s most renowned designers are located in New York City. You have access to individuals, companies, and organizations leading the communication and media industries, including instructors, experts presenting work, hosts for internships, collaborators, and guest critics.
After completing the Communication Design program, 82 percent of graduates found employment in the first year and 18 percent went on to further their studies or other endeavors. Graduates pursue careers in interaction design, publication design, branding, advertising, motion graphics, information visualization, exhibition/retail design, and environmental graphics.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is awarded upon completion of 120 credits, as designated by the program. A maximum of 60 credits can be transferred from another institution. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and fulfill all requirements in a timely manner.
Note: This curriculum applies to students who enter Parsons as first-year students in fall 2013 and after. Current students who entered Parsons in a prior academic year and incoming and prospective transfer students with sophomore or junior standing should refer to the Parsons catalog appropriate to their catalog year. See
Academic Policies for more details.
* 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.
Lucille Tenazas, Henry Wolf Professor of Communication Design at Parsons, discusses how we all have an inner designer, and how that should helps us better understand design, and one another.
Robert Wong, CCO, Google Creative LabRoanne Adams, Designer and Founder, Ro&CoChristian Marc Schmidt, Designer and Founder, SchemaStella Bugbee, Editorial Director, The Cut @nymagJi Lee, Creative Strategist, FacebookLucas Sharp, Type Designer and Co-Founder, Pagan & SharpJuan Carlos Pagan, Designer and Co-Founder, Sunday AfternoonRyan McGinley, Photographer
4 years, 120 credits
Full-time undergraduate major (also offered as a minor)
A holistic degree program that immerses students in challenging studio courses, art history and critical theory, as well as the wider world of liberal arts. The course of study culminates in a thesis and qualifies alumni for further graduate study. Best suited to first-time college students.
1-2 years, 65 credits
Can be completed full-time or part-time
A professionally oriented course of study that provides essential foundation training and skills development, enabling students to build a competitive portfolio and launch a new career in their chosen industry. Best suited to students who have previous college experience in an unrelated field and want to change careers.
Explore the AAS degree option
1 year, 30 credits
Full-time graduate program
A professionally oriented program that trains students in highly advanced, specialized design methods and technical skills, enabling students to advance their existing design practice. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in a related design field and/or work experience in graphic design and visual communications.
Explore the MPS degree option
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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