This minor engages students in a diverse array of studio practices, ideas, communities, and global relationships. Students learn to translate their concepts into individual expression by experimenting with composition, color, materials, form, space, or performance, developing a solid set of making skills and contemporary artistic strategies. Formal techniques and critical thinking skills are explored in 2D (painting, photography, printmaking, drawing, collage), 3D (sculpture, installation), and 4D (video, performance) Core Labs. Topics and Core Studio courses combine these technical and conceptual skills with more involved investigations of concepts in contemporary art, while xStudios and Collabs give students the opportunity to do interdisciplinary work with contemporary artists on specific current themes. After completing a sampling of studio and lab coursework, students have the opportunity to develop their own fine arts practice through an Advanced Practice course, delving into a distinct area of fine arts and creating self-designed projects with specific faculty members.

    The Fine Arts minor is offered through Parsons' School of Art, Media, and Technology and requires successful completion of 18 credits across five subject areas, as outlined in the chart below. Please note that PUFA 2200 Core Seminar 1: Sign and System is required for all students intending to complete this minor.

    Note: Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.


    A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate:

    • Strength in at least two techniques and processes in 2D, 3D, or 4D media and the ability to reflect on how these help to shape the content of the work.
    • Competence in framing conceptual ideas through visual media.
    • An understanding of what fine art is through a working knowledge of the concepts and movements that inform contemporary art.
    • An understanding of the interdisciplinary or cross-disciplinary possibilities of the Fine Arts minor as it relates to a student’s disciplinary major.
    • Competence in discussing and critiquing artwork, including an ability to analyze work using a range of approaches. These may include (and are not limited to) knowledge of formal/visual categories and semiotic/psychoanalytic approaches, as well as the articulation of more subjective, embodied responses.
    • Competence in identifying and generating one’s own questions as the basis for visual inquiry. These may be sourced in particular historical, cultural, or societal concerns.


    Subject Area Course Options Requirements

    Introduction of Main Concepts

    3 credits
    Concepts and Movements 3 credits
    Framing Conceptual Ideas through Visual Media

    0–3 credits

    Students who have already completed one of these courses, or will do so for their major, should instead select another course in the subject area "2D/3D/4D Techniques and Processes" (below).

    2D/3D/4D Techniques and Processes 3–9 credits
    Advanced 2D/3D/4D Topics, Histories, and Practice

    3–9 credits


    Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School except those students at Lang and in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are completing a self-designed BA or BS in Liberal Arts, who are not permitted to declare minors. For students at Lang or in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are interested in pursuing deeper study of this subject area, opportunities are available through the self-designed major in Liberal Arts. To explore this, contact an academic advisor or read more information about self-designed options for Lang or the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students.

    Students majoring in BFA Fine Arts are also restricted from pursuing a minor in Fine Arts. The Fine Arts minor requires an application for admission.

    For questions regarding this minor’s curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Selena Kimball, part-time assistant professor, at