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As a BBA student, your curriculum will be very similar to BFA and BS students, with a few requirements specific to your degree. In your first year you will take Integrative Studio/Seminar 1 and 2; three liberal arts courses: Sustainable Systems, Quantitative Reasoning 1, and Intro to Political Economy; two out of the three first-year studios: Drawing/Imaging, Space/Materiality, and Time; and an elective.

Rank Your Course Options
In the first step of using this tool, you'll read about your required courses and rank your course options where they are offered. Some of your courses have several options within them, so take a moment to think about which ones strike your interest. No matter which options you end up with, you will learn the core skills and ideas that the course is designed to teach you—these skills are relevant across a broad range of art and design disciplines, and you will build on them as you progress through your studies at Parsons.

Schedule Your Courses
In the second step, you'll plan a schedule for your first year by placing your courses into the fall and spring semesters. While many of your courses are offered only in one semester or the other, your studio courses can be taken in a sequence of your choosing.

Throughout the exercise, you'll find that you can drag and drop or click to move your options into place. Once you've made your decisions, you can change your mind and move things around. Please note that the browser will not save your choices, so be sure to work your way to the last step before closing out of the tool. You'll have the ability to save a summary of the decisions you've made, and this will help you through the registration process.

Now that you've ranked all your course options, you can try creating a possible schedule.

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Step 1: RANK YOUR COURSE OPTIONS
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PUFY 1000/1010 Integrative Studio / Seminar 1

Integrative Studio 1 and Integrative Seminar 1 are two separate but paired courses taken in the fall semester. In the studio, you explore a range of visual, analytical, and making skills while working on projects that are collaborative and cross-disciplinary. In the seminar, you learn skills to articulate and understandintellectual conversations and contexts for your studio work. These skills include critical thinking and analysis, presentation and discussion, reading and writing. At various times in the semester, the two classes share concepts and assignments, bringing together reading, writing, and making in a way that is essential to the creative work of professional artists and designers.

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Avatar

Avatar has two distinct meanings. In Hinduism and Buddhism, it means the physical appearance of a god. Online, it means a picture of a person or an animal that represents a particular user. How do both definitions describe an identity that is distinct from the original and yet intensely connected to it at the same time?

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Fake

Fake describes something that is not what it appears to be. Counterfeit bags, forged money, stage names, mockumentaries, pranking, the list goes on. But how do we define what is real and what is fake? Could something fake actually be more powerful, more authentic, than truth?

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Memory

Memory is an action or process of commemorating, recollecting, or remembering a person, object, or event. How do these actions and processes shape identity and our understanding of the world?

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Shift

To shift means to move from one place, or one thing, to another. Many of you have firsthand experience with this kind of movement - from one place to another, from one set of ideas to another, from one story to another. What are your stories of shifting? How do these shifts come to pass? How do we talk about them through our work?

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PUFY 1001 /1011 Integrative Studio / Seminar 2

Integrative Studio 2 and Integrative Seminar 2 are two separate but paired courses; this pairing follows Integrative Studio/Seminar 1 and is taken in the spring semester. The focus of these courses is on research, which often requires moving out into the world through field work, experimentation, failure, and creative problem solving. In Integrative Studio 2, you explore all types of discovery and documentation by fact-finding individually and in groups. In Integrative Seminar 2, you continue building the reading, writing, presentation, and analysis skills you developed in the fall seminar, this time through fact-finding and the filter of research. What is the best way to present a well-researched argument? How can you defend a design by showing its relationship to contemporary practice? Both courses will focus on the approaches to research used within the schools of Parsons.

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Systems and Strategies

How do we experience design? What does it mean to engage in a community—in a city, with a group, in shaping an organization, in reconfiguring a service—as a designer? Under this theme students will begin to unearth the complex systems that connect design to behaviors.

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Constructed Environments

How does the built environment shape our contexts and, by extension, our understanding? What potential lies in an interior's design? How does a product instruct a user? When does a building determine action? Students will explore the interconnectedness of large-scale thinking with on-the-ground user experience to explore the complexity of a designer's engagement.

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Fashion

How does fashion speak? What information do we derive from a seemingly simple, yet utterly complex system of material, image, body, history, and site within the social and global sphere? Students will engage with such complexities while interrogating new ways to approach topics such as form, beauty, and sustainability.

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Visual Culture

How are messages embedded in visual culture? How, in turn, are photographs, videos, illustrations, performances, graphic novels, sculptures, and technological innovations - and more - used to communicate an idea or position? And what might it mean to make something that doesn't fit into any one category as we know it? Students will explore interdisciplinarity, collaborative making, the productivity of creative failures, and more.

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PUFY 1100 Sustainable Systems

This course provides you an opportunity to acquire a foundational understanding of the scientific and social issues related to the design of resilient urban futures. An understanding of the constraints, challenges, and opportunities presented by the need to design products, systems, and services that are more socially, environmentally and economically resilient is at the core of a Parsons education. This course is where that work begins. It is crucial, as both professional experts making decisions about materials flows, and as citizens, that creative practitioners have a comprehensive understanding of the scientific process, from fieldwork and laboratory to policy formulation. By combining sequenced 1) field trips and lectures to locations around New York City, which will introduce and frame discussions and context-based learning related to sustainability, ecology, and systems, with 2) studio-based labs, where field work and applied scientific methods will be applied, students will translate these sets of experiences into informed creative works within the areas of art, design, and strategic design, thereby building a creative agency that supports diversity, adaptability and resilience in the face of ever-changing conditions.

Note: One version of this course is offered, and BBA students should plan to take this course in the fall semester.

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LMTH 1950 Quantitative Reasoning 1

This course is designed to help you gain an understanding of fundamental numerical and quantitative skills and their application to everyday life. The focus is on applying basic mathematical concepts to solve real-world problems, as well as developing skills in interpreting and working with data. Topics include problem-solving and back-of-the-envelope calculations, unit conversions and estimation, percentages and compound interest, linear and other models, data interpretation, analysis and visualization, basic principles of probability, and an introduction to quantitative research and statistics.

Note: This course is taken by BBA students in the fall semester.

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ULEC 2230/2231 Intro to Political Economy

This course offers a critical introduction to the central ideas used by Political Economists to understand the structure, social meaning, and historical development of capitalist economies. Lectures draw on competing traditions in Political Economy to provide a critical appreciation of the defining socio-economic relationships of capitalism, including wages, productivity, profits, inequality, prices, entrepreneurship, markets, capitalism, growth, crises, recessions, socialism, etc. While these discussions necessarily involve economic theory, the overall emphasis is on how an analytically diverse understanding of these relationships can open up unique, critical perspectives into the problems of contemporary capitalism. The course will thus prepare students for well-grounded, critical engagement with debates about income distribution, financial crises and recessions, fiscal austerity, globalization, the role of finance in contemporary economies, and on the long-term future of capitalism. The course will also introduce students to current discussions on the usefulness and limitations of contemporary Economics.

Note: This course is taken by BBA students in the spring semester.

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PUFY 1030 Drawing / Imaging

How is meaning constructed and communicated through visual images? In this studio course, you use traditional drawing and digital imaging methods to explore the conceptual, aesthetic, and formal qualities that inform how ideas and impressions are expressed on a two-dimensional plane. We will explore visual organization, representational and abstract forms, and engagement through observational drawing, photography, digital image creation, and the integration of a variety of media. The tools and methods acquired in this course form an introductory platform that you will build upon in your upper-level courses.

Note: As a BBA student, you will choose two of the three studio courses (Drawing/Imaging, Time, and Space/Materiality), taking one in the fall and one in the spring.

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Language

How do visual images enhance or create meaning? What can signs and symbols convey? In this class students will address these questions by using the concrete elements of design and observational drawing to explore and develop a visual language.

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People

How do our bodies define us? What is a relational body? Can it be a neutral symbol? When is it a loaded message? These and more questions will be addressed by this section, which looks to explore the singular and the collective through the lenses of communities, tribes, nations, and cultures.

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Places + Things

This section focuses on space, location, and the tangible object as sites of investigation. This can include personal, private, public, and historical space and found, crafted, mass-produced, artifacts, as well as the places they meet.

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PUFY 1020 Space / Materiality

Learn through firsthand experience in Parsons' modeling facilities and hybrid studio/shop classrooms. In this studio course, you explore concepts such as malleability, weight, texture, color, durability, smell, sound, taste, life cycle, and ecological impacts through a wide variety of projects that privilege the close relationship of making to thinking. Other areas of inquiry range from space formation to environmental psychology to object exploration to discover how materials and their uses shape meaning. Discussion, critique, and written responses will help you to participate in idea sharing and understand your work in historical and cultural contexts.

Note: As a BBA student, you will choose two of the three studio courses (Drawing/Imaging, Time, and Space/Materiality), taking one in the fall and one in the spring.

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Body

The body has an impact on our surroundings and the objects within it. How do ergonomics, structure, and self-image correspond to the shape, movement, and impact of the human form? Using a range of methods, explore body coverings, functionality, and personal space.

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Community

Community provides us with our most direct means of self-identification. How do our attitudes about what we wear, how we interact, and how we come together define both our personal space and our shared space? Explore the relationship between the shifting boundaries of community and the material nature of social and ecological space.

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Culture

What is the effect of culture on the objects we use and spaces we inhabit? Investigate the relationship between beauty, utility, and the hand-made.

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PUFY 1040 Time

This course is an introduction to cultural and perceptual constructions of time. Learning to work with time involves more than simply editing video and sound into linear sequences. It entails the consideration of time as a designed idea that can function as a tool. How does this tool, in turn, affect how objects function, how environments are perceived, or how experiences are shared? Studio projects, readings, writing, and examples of many artists’ work are used to examine how ideas such as frame, duration, and speed have evolved to impact our understanding of time. A variety of methods and media—from digital video to drawing to performance—are used to explore and represent different cross-disciplinary notions of time in the fields of art, design, science, and industry.

Note: As a BBA student, you will choose two of the three studio courses (Drawing/Imaging, Time, and Space/Materiality), taking one in the fall and one in the spring.

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Composition

How do new audiovisual forms affect our perception, understanding, and representation of time? We will study variables such as rhythm and counterpoint, theme and variation, improvisation and scripting, silence and noise, to investigate practices from multimedia composition to experimental writing.

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Embodied

Time can be measured through the body in a number of ways: our kinetic movements, our physical aging, the performance of our everyday actions, and our changing outward personal style. Explore aspects of performance, ritual, identity, and live art, as expressed through the physical body and the impact it has on the space around it.

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Frame

We begin with a single frame: a moment in time. From this starting point you will work with variables such as movement, progression, or space to create experimental stories in a variety of forms such as graphic novels, montage, visual language, and book arts.

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Elective

First-year elective courses provide an opportunity for you to explore new methods and media, to advance skills, to experiment, and to explore disciplinary approaches to thinking and making. Most electives are offered in the spring semester; a small selection is available in the fall for students who have transfer credit. Listed below are the general categories of available electives, along with a few examples of elective courses offered in each category.

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Drawing, Painting, Printmaking
  • Drawing The Figure
  • Painting
  • Intro to Printmaking
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Photography
  • Analog Photography
  • Photo: Light
  • Alternative Photo Processes
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2D and Digital
  • Digital Craft
  • Explorations in Typography
  • Digital Tools: Layout and Design
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  • 3D Modeling Techniques
  • Product, Promotion and Packaging
  • Soft Structures
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Business and Management
  • Basic Business Structure
  • Business and Professional Communication
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Liberal Arts and Art History
  • NYC: Fashion
  • Foreign Languages
  • NYC: Food
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Step 2: SCHEDULE YOUR COURSES
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PUFY 1000/1010 Integrative Studio / Seminar 1

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PUFY 1001/1011 Integrative Studio / Seminar 2

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PUFY 1100 Sustainable Systems

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LMTH 1950 Quantitative Reasoning 1

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ULEC 2230/2231 Intro to Political Economy

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PUFY 1030 Drawing / Imaging

Choose two out of the three first-year studio courses.

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PUFY 1020 Space / Materiality

Choose two out of the three first-year studio courses.

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PUFY 1040 Time

Choose two out of the three first-year studio courses.

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Elective

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Step 4: SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR ADVISOR

Now that you have reviewed your course options and planned your year, you have completed an essential first step in the advising and registration process. The next step is to schedule an appointment with your advisor:

Your advisor will go over your choices with you and discuss any concerns or questions you have about registration. If you have transfer credits or speak English as your second language (see below), your advisor will also help you to understand the differences in your options and schedule. Please be sure to have a copy of your first-year course plan nearby.

* If English is your second language, your placement level will be determined during new student orientation. Please note that some changes to your schedule may be required if you place into language-supported courses. Your advisor will help you to make any necessary adjustments. You should discuss your options during your advising meeting.