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  • 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.

    Your BFA begins with Parsons’ first-year curriculum, which serves as the first-year course of study for all undergraduate programs at Parsons. The first year immerses you in an exploration of art and design concepts, skills, and critical practices, training students to become flexible thinkers, proficient makers, and lifelong learners.

    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. Throughout your studies, art and design history and theory courses develop essential research, writing, and critical reasoning skills as well as the conceptual foundations for creative inquiry.

    Parsons’ position within a major university — The New School — informs our interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and practice. University electives broaden your skills and perspectives with a wide range of liberal arts courses in the humanities, the social sciences, media studies, and business.

    To view degree requirements from prior years, visit the Academic Catalogs archive. For a complete listing of courses and course descriptions, visit the university course catalog.

    PUAD 3010 Architecture Design Studio 3 3 -
    PUAD 3000 Environmental Design: Architecture and Energy 3 -
    3 -
    3 6
    3 3
    PUAD 3011 Architecture Design Studio 4 - 6
    Subtotal 15 15
    PLSD 3500 Advanced Research Seminar: Constructed Environments  3 -
    PUAD 4010 Architecture Design Studio 5 6 -
    3 -
    3 3
    PUAD 4011 Architecture Design Studio 6: Capstone - 6
    - 6
    Subtotal 15 15
    Total Credits

    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.

    BA/BFA students completing a BFA in Architectural Design: Please speak to your advisor to see how your course requirements are spread across your five years at The New School.

    4+2 BFA/MArch Pathway 

    BFA Architectural Design students who wish to pursue graduate study can also take advantage of our BFA/MArch pathway. This enables students to take specific courses in the MArch program during their undergraduate course of study and complete a 90-credit graduate degree in just two years. Please contact your program director or advisor for more information.

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