Today, as technology and global networks transform the world, designers must be versatile, knowledgeable problem solvers. The BFA Integrated Design program develops these capacities, preparing you to work in social, cultural, and ecological fields. Many graduates combine design and entrepreneurship in innovation-focused businesses.
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The flexible curriculum gives you opportunities to take courses offered by any program in the School of Design Strategies and throughout Parsons and the rest of the university, allowing you to develop collaborative/cooperative creative practices exploring more than one design discipline. Integrated Design is a self-directed liberal design program, enabling you to tailor your studies according to your academic and career goals. You also have access to The New School’s resources, libraries, and spaces for research and experimentation. In art and design history and theory courses and related studio classes, you acquire essential research, writing, and critical reasoning skills and develop conceptual foundations for a life of creative inquiry.
Upon entering the BFA Integrated Design program, you choose a pathway within a designated area of study, completing a total of nine credits to fulfill your pathway requirements. The pathways stem from minors that involve an aspect of making in the studio, which fosters the development of technical or theoretical skills. The pathway informs the direction of your hybrid practice and thesis work. Pathways include Alternative Fashion Strategies, Comics and Graphic Narrative, Communication Design, Creative Coding, Creative Entrepreneurship, Data Visualization, Fashion Communication, Film Production, Fine Arts, Immersive Storytelling, Photography, Printmaking, Social Practice, Sustainable Cities, and Temporary Environments.
Learning is based on collaborative and entrepreneurial approaches applied in projects with local and global partners, including the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, the United Nations, and The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Electives offered at Parsons and throughout The New School broaden your knowledge and interdisciplinary skills.
After completing the Integrated Design program, 90% of graduates found employment in the first year and 10% went on to other endeavors. Graduates are prepared for careers in service design, urban design, fashion design, entrepreneurship, sustainability management, consulting, and fine arts and careers related to minors offered at Parsons.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is awarded upon completion of 120 credits, as designated by the program. A maximum of 60 credits may be transferred from other institutions. 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 later. 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.
***From a single designated disciplinary area or pathway, as approved by the program.
Alexis Walsh '15
Fashion and Accessories Design at ALEXIS WALSH
Walsh's work has been exhibited at the Louvre
Maxime Coleon '15
30 Weeks Fellow
Ryan Elisabeth Reid '14
Chloe Bensahel '14
Practicing artist, recently had a solo show in Paris
Derya Altan ’05
MFA student, Cranbrook Academy of Art
Formerly Assistant Designer, Esquire magazine
Christina Antonakos-Wallace ’06
Formerly Intern, UN High Commission for Refugees
Sondra F. Law ’05
Formerly Designer, Boum Design
Eddie Martinez ’05
Senior Associate, Technology at United Future
Formerly Designer, MTV Networks
Erich Nagler ’04
Independent Writer and Designer
Formerly Assistant Art Director, Metropolis magazine
Ariel Newland, '08
Interactive Designer, ESI Design
Gary Robbins ’04
Independent Book and Print Designer
Maria Cristina Rueda ’05
Director of Uhuru Design Productions
Formerly Assistant Chair, IDC
Duncan Tonatiuh '08
Children’s Book Author and Illustrator
Arley-Rose Torsone ’04
Art Director, Design Providence at AS220
Formerly Communications Director, AS220
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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