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  • The Photography BFA is a research-based, studio-intensive program that prepares you to participate in the future of photography and visual communication. The curriculum explores the convergence of commercial, documentary, fashion, and artistic image making across diverse channels of distribution. You study and experiment with photography and video as the language of contemporary culture, central to print media, the Web, video, social media, installation, performance, and emerging technologies such as motion capture and 3D imaging.

    Program Highlights

    • Creative Support

      Access state-of-the-art labs, shooting studios, student exhibitions, and critiques that inspire your creativity and build your network.

    • Learn from Leaders

      Learn from prestigious speakers; past guests include Wolfgang Tillmans, Renee Cox, Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa, Tina Campt, and Antwaun Sargent.

    • NYC Opportunities

      Explore internships at galleries, publishers, and cultural organizations, and exhibit your thesis work at a gallery in Chelsea, New York's famous art district.

    • Global Perspectives

      Study alongside students from around the world, a cross-cultural and social justice-based experience that prepares you to succeed in the global creative economy.

    • Degree Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
    • Format Full-time, on campus
    • Credits 120
    • Duration 4 years
  • Curriculum

    Your BFA begins with Parsons’ first-year curriculum, which serves as the academic foundation for all undergraduate programs at Parsons. From your second year on, you dive into courses in your major field of study. Art and design history and theory courses develop your research, writing, and critical reasoning skills, and university electives broaden your perspectives. 

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  • Career Paths

    Many BFA Photography students undertake internships during their studies that help launch their careers. Graduates enter fields that include commercial, editorial, and fashion photography; visual art; photojournalism; publishing; gallery and studio management; and arts production and administration.

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  • Parsons faculty represent a broad range of expertise and are acknowledged as leading practitioners and scholars in their fields.

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      Internships

      New York City’s thriving creative industry and cultural institutions are part of your Parsons education. Our Career Services Office is enmeshed in the art and design industries and can help you advance your career with industry-oriented internships.

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      Study Abroad

      Enrich your learning and prepare for work in global contexts with study abroad that exposes you to new perspectives and settings in which to apply your creativity. Our study abroad destinations include, Paris, London, Florence, and more.

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      Industry Engagement

      Parsons’ courses, projects, and faculty are closely integrated with industry and external partners, enabling you to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to real-world challenges in creative business, nonprofit, government, and technology sectors.

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      Facilities

      Parsons has extensive making resources for photography students, including 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.

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