PARSONS Undergrad MAJORS & Portfolio Requirements

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Parsons is….

-for students who want to learn to apply the transformative capacity of design responsibly, creatively, and purposefully.

– a diverse community of students and faculty who explore multiple sites and scales of engagement, through on-campus research initiatives and partnerships that bring about change in New York and in the world.

– focused on creativity, innovation, and a desire to challenge the status quo, both in what and how they teach and in the intellectual ambitions of the School itself

– a school that places project-based learning at the center of their educational experience

 

PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS &

PARSONS CHALLENGE INSTRUCTION

Portfolio: The portfolio must be completed in SlideRoom only. Freshman and transfer applicants must submit a portfolio of eight to 12 images. Portfolios can include a range of media such as drawing, painting, sculpture, fashion design, animation, performance, graphic design, or sketchbook pages. We encourage you to show experimentation and breadth, and the portfolio does not need to specifically address the major to which you are applying.

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  • Submissions for the Parsons Challenge are accepted through SlideRoom only. CDs, DVDs, slides, original artwork, PowerPoint presentations, binders, and flash drives will not be accepted.

    BFA and BA/BFA applicants: Create a new visual work inspired by the theme of a piece submitted in your portfolio. Support your process by writing one 500-word essay describing how your ideas developed. You may also submit up to two additional visual pieces that document your process. All forms of media are acceptable—drawing, video, photography, sculpture, 3D work, collage, and digital images.

    BBA applicants: Create a new visual work inspired by an advertisement, invention or theme of a piece that you’ve already created. Support your process by writing one 500-word essay describing how your ideas developed. You may also submit up to two additional visual pieces that document your process. All forms of media are acceptable—drawing, video, photography, sculpture, 3D work, collage, and digital images.

    The Parsons Challenge helps the Admission Committee understand how a prospective student develops ideas, visually communicates those ideas, and defends the work in writing.

     

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    Creativity Changes Everything

    Parsons in NYC that uses creativity in fearless, innovative ways. They collaborate and problem solve across every discipline and the results are extraordinary to behold.

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