Fatima Makiya "LIVE SMART"

about first year courses


The curriculum is focused on various approaches to teaching and learning a range of art and design methods, theories, and practices. This includes a grounding in the liberal arts, and working across studio and seminar contexts, through reading, writing, and making. The First Year is the beginning of all Parsons majors, and prepares students to focus on their majors moving forward as well as envision paths beyond the confines of a single discipline. Visit the Parsons website for more information on curriculum, faculty, and news.

student work

Xinran Cheng "The Fantasy of the Temple of Heaven" Xinran Cheng

Xinran Cheng "The Fantasy of the Temple of Heaven"

Ryan Huddleston "To Water a Child" Ryan Huddleston

Ryan Huddleston "To Water a Child"

Meng Tong "24-Hour Project" Meng Tong

Meng Tong "24-Hour Project"

Fitriyanda Priyatna "Your Letter" Fitriyanda Priyatna

Fitriyanda Priyatna "Your Letter"

Eujin Lee "Tea Party" Eujin Lee

Eujin Lee "Tea Party"

Angelina Li "Roots" Angelina Li

Angelina Li "Roots"

Virginia Alvares Affonso "Reimagining Women's Shelters" Virginia Alvares Affonso

Virginia Alvares Affonso "Reimagining Women's Shelters"

Surali Sangesh Dalal "Golf For All" Surali Sangesh Dalal

Surali Sangesh Dalal "Golf For All"

Salma Ashmawy "NYC Work- Shelter Program" Salma Ashmawy

Salma Ashmawy "NYC Work- Shelter Program"

Elin Nakayama "Oyster & Bamboo Project" Elin Nakayama

Elin Nakayama "Oyster & Bamboo Project"

Zhimeng Liu "Scent Sachet With Its Gift Box" Zhimeng Liu

Zhimeng Liu "Scent Sachet With Its Gift Box"

Sprout Sipe "Platform Mary Jane" Sprout Sipe

Sprout Sipe "Platform Mary Jane"

Queeny Shen "Blooming Lotus" Queeny Shen

Queeny Shen "Blooming Lotus"

Naphaphorn Tan "Wire Camera " Naphaphorn Tan

Naphaphorn Tan "Wire Camera "

Maite Santos Alcocer "The Drive out Tent" Maite Santos Alcocer

Maite Santos Alcocer "The Drive out Tent"

Maite Santos Alcocer "Ugly Dolls: The Sustainable Line" Maite Santos Alcocer

Maite Santos Alcocer "Ugly Dolls: The Sustainable Line"

Kyungna Park "Chair of Allegory" Kyungna Park

Kyungna Park "Chair of Allegory"

Julia Simon "Concrete Garden" Julia Simon

Julia Simon "Concrete Garden"

Julia Daser "The Movement of Sound" Julia Daser

Julia Daser "The Movement of Sound"

Jiangyuan Ai "The Wheel of Covid" Jiangyuan Ai

Jiangyuan Ai "The Wheel of Covid"

Jennifer Lee "Mechanical Wheels" Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee "Mechanical Wheels"

Yi Qing Ng "A Snail's Shell" Yi Qing Ng

Yi Qing Ng "A Snail's Shell"

Gia Porco "The Padded Cell" Gia Porco

Gia Porco "The Padded Cell"

Christine Chang "Wire Headphone" Christine Chang

Christine Chang "Wire Headphone"

Christine Chang "Natural State" Christine Chang

Christine Chang "Natural State"

Apeksha Lal "Telephone Booth" Apeksha Lal

Apeksha Lal "Telephone Booth"

Andria Shafer "Sex in Disasters" Andria Shafer

Andria Shafer "Sex in Disasters"

Angelina Li "How We See Nature: Singular Mastery Versus Shared Curiosity" Angelina Li

Angelina Li "How We See Nature: Singular Mastery Versus Shared Curiosity"

Christine Chang "Absence of History, Presence of Future" Christine Chang

Christine Chang "Absence of History, Presence of Future"

Samuel Gressitt "A New Home" Samuel Gressitt

Samuel Gressitt "A New Home"

Dania Chirino Weinraub "DosveDaniaDesigns" Dania Chirino Weinraub

Dania Chirino Weinraub "DosveDaniaDesigns"

Tiffany Guo "Intimidation" Tiffany Guo

Tiffany Guo "Intimidation"

Emilia D'Antonio "Untitled " Emilia D'Antonio

Emilia D'Antonio "Untitled "

Simon Jiang "Universal Customizable System / U.C.S." Simon Jiang

Simon Jiang "Universal Customizable System / U.C.S."

Mira Fowlkes "Water Me" Mira Fowlkes

Mira Fowlkes "Water Me"

Rishita Rajneesh Mehta "Trash Can't" Rishita Rajneesh Mehta

Rishita Rajneesh Mehta "Trash Can't"

Ryan Habib "Blue Pre Issue 1" Ryan Habib

Ryan Habib "Blue Pre Issue 1"

Vanessa Marrocco "Self//Timer Project" Vanessa Marrocco

Vanessa Marrocco "Self//Timer Project"

Mrittika Mandal ""Workshop"" Mrittika Mandal

Mrittika Mandal ""Workshop""

Keara Friel "Helping Hands" Keara Friel

Keara Friel "Helping Hands"

Jiwoo Baik "Manhattan Vernacular" Jiwoo Baik

Jiwoo Baik "Manhattan Vernacular"

Kotchaporn Nga Yin Cheung "Metal Box" Kotchaporn Nga Yin Cheung

Kotchaporn Nga Yin Cheung "Metal Box"

Emma Flaire "Space to Hold " Emma Flaire

Emma Flaire "Space to Hold "

Emma Gonzalez Pini "Untitled" Emma Gonzalez Pini

Emma Gonzalez Pini "Untitled"

Eujin Lee "Overworked" Eujin Lee

Eujin Lee "Overworked"

Chloe Merry del Val "Extended" Chloe Merry del Val

Chloe Merry del Val "Extended"

Caroline Chase "Personal Exoskeleton" Caroline Chase

Caroline Chase "Personal Exoskeleton"

Ran Zhang "One-Minute Book about Washington Square Park" Ran Zhang

Ran Zhang "One-Minute Book about Washington Square Park"

Reina Quinonez "Safe Space" Reina Quinonez

Reina Quinonez "Safe Space"

Abbey Bear "Home is Where You Make it and Take It" Abbey Bear

Abbey Bear "Home is Where You Make it and Take It"

Hui Lin Li "The Inherited Tool" Hui Lin Li

Hui Lin Li "The Inherited Tool"

Mukta Muktapuram "Untitled" Mukta Muktapuram

Mukta Muktapuram "Untitled"

Amelia Gorman "Shorthand" Amelia Gorman

Amelia Gorman "Shorthand"

Elle Hebert "Illustrated Animation for Wilma Vritra's "Shallow Grave"" Elle Hebert

Elle Hebert "Illustrated Animation for Wilma Vritra's "Shallow Grave""

Disha Bafna "Just Do It" Disha Bafna

Disha Bafna "Just Do It"

Tiffany Wang "Plant Stand" Tiffany Wang

Tiffany Wang "Plant Stand"

Reina Quinonez "Holding Space In Our Thoughts" Reina Quinonez

Reina Quinonez "Holding Space In Our Thoughts"

Madeline McGloin "Under Angel's Auspice" Madeline McGloin

Madeline McGloin "Under Angel's Auspice"

Madeline McGloin ""Reliquary of Thought"" Madeline McGloin

Madeline McGloin ""Reliquary of Thought""

Felicity Maxwell "The Angelic Crusader" Felicity Maxwell

Felicity Maxwell "The Angelic Crusader"

Frankie Fassbender "Crustacean Collar and Helmet" Frankie Fassbender

Frankie Fassbender "Crustacean Collar and Helmet"

Caitlyn Lim "humpty dumpty" Caitlyn Lim

Caitlyn Lim "humpty dumpty"

Lia Skøien "“Borta Bra, Hemma Bäst” (Away is Good, Home is Best”" Lia Skøien

Lia Skøien "“Borta Bra, Hemma Bäst” (Away is Good, Home is Best”"

Bella Lucio "Sonic Scream (1, 2, and 3) and Scream" Bella Lucio

Bella Lucio "Sonic Scream (1, 2, and 3) and Scream"

Grace Burroughs "How to Win a Game You've Already Lost" Grace Burroughs

Grace Burroughs "How to Win a Game You've Already Lost"

Esme Munson "New York City’s Chinatown as Preservation of Identity: An Analysis of the Ethnic Enclave Model" Esme Munson

Esme Munson "New York City’s Chinatown as Preservation of Identity: An Analysis of the Ethnic Enclave Model"

Adeliia Ishmuratova "Metamorphosis between elements and physical places" Adeliia Ishmuratova

Adeliia Ishmuratova "Metamorphosis between elements and physical places"

Disha Bafna "Spore Madness" Disha Bafna

Disha Bafna "Spore Madness"

Yueyue Yan "Narrative Systems" Yueyue Yan

Yueyue Yan "Narrative Systems"

Sabrina Gonzalez Beckmann "The Yin/Yang of Shape Relationships" Sabrina Gonzalez Beckmann

Sabrina Gonzalez Beckmann "The Yin/Yang of Shape Relationships"

Chenchen Liu "Chenchen Liu's Time Card" Chenchen Liu

Chenchen Liu "Chenchen Liu's Time Card"

Izzah Talib ""Night out at Opa Dubai - zorba dance & smashing plates"" Izzah Talib

Izzah Talib ""Night out at Opa Dubai - zorba dance & smashing plates""

Thomas Paul Walsh "Hazmat Mask Suit" Thomas Paul Walsh

Thomas Paul Walsh "Hazmat Mask Suit"

Mia Aharon "Untitled " Mia Aharon

Mia Aharon "Untitled "

Melisa Dincer "Burning Out" Melisa Dincer

Melisa Dincer "Burning Out"

Emma Bitzer ""My Boots."" Emma Bitzer

Emma Bitzer ""My Boots.""

Ka Yan Tam "IMAGE / TEXT Portrait/Self-Portrait, Peer to Peer assignment" Ka Yan Tam

Ka Yan Tam "IMAGE / TEXT Portrait/Self-Portrait, Peer to Peer assignment"

Mona Qin "Object Description Paper, Metropolitan Museum of Art" Mona Qin

Mona Qin "Object Description Paper, Metropolitan Museum of Art"

Liying Cheng "“AS A DREAM EXPLORER”" Liying Cheng

Liying Cheng "“AS A DREAM EXPLORER”"

Annelise Cornet "The Mocking Clock" Annelise Cornet

Annelise Cornet "The Mocking Clock"

Jasmine Kan "The Ingredients of my Sanity" Jasmine Kan

Jasmine Kan "The Ingredients of my Sanity"

Sang Erin Park "Copy of Master Painting, Sun in an Empty Room" Sang Erin Park

Sang Erin Park "Copy of Master Painting, Sun in an Empty Room"

Anastasiia Zubyk "Remembering my Future" Anastasiia Zubyk

Anastasiia Zubyk "Remembering my Future"

Stella/Yu Zhang "I was listening to sutras on the afternoon of April 26th" Stella/Yu Zhang

Stella/Yu Zhang "I was listening to sutras on the afternoon of April 26th"

Anna Ka Wai Kwan "1. My Copy of the Master Painting ( Detail), Andrea del Sarto, Madonna of the Harpies, 1517, oil on panel. 2. I see you in my Dreams" Anna Ka Wai Kwan

Anna Ka Wai Kwan "1. My Copy of the Master Painting ( Detail), Andrea del Sarto, Madonna of the Harpies, 1517, oil on panel. 2. I see you in my Dreams"

Regina Lacarra Gamboa "Chable Book" Regina Lacarra Gamboa

Regina Lacarra Gamboa "Chable Book"

Sanya Malik "Autobiography of a Still Life : The Evolution of Giving Gifts" Sanya Malik

Sanya Malik "Autobiography of a Still Life : The Evolution of Giving Gifts"

spotlights

Group exhibition featuring several First Year faculty opens! Group exhibition featuring several First Year faculty opens!

Group exhibition featuring several First Year faculty opens!

Parsons First Year Integrative Seminar students visit Nohra Haime Gallery Parsons First Year Integrative Seminar students visit Nohra Haime Gallery

Parsons First Year Integrative Seminar students visit Nohra Haime Gallery

Open Figure Drawing - Continued! Open Figure Drawing - Continued!

Open Figure Drawing - Continued!

End of semester PARSONS MAKES workshops! End of semester PARSONS MAKES workshops!

End of semester PARSONS MAKES workshops!

Conquer your Finals by taking a PARSONS MAKES! workshop! Conquer your Finals by taking a PARSONS MAKES! workshop!

Conquer your Finals by taking a PARSONS MAKES! workshop!

Parsons MAKES is back with more workshops! Parsons MAKES is back with more workshops!

Parsons MAKES is back with more workshops!

First Year Student Workshop: Printmaking Off the Press First Year Student Workshop: Printmaking Off the Press

First Year Student Workshop: Printmaking Off the Press

New PARSONS MAKES WORKSHOPS! New PARSONS MAKES WORKSHOPS!

New PARSONS MAKES WORKSHOPS!

Faculty Workshop: Creative and Effective Assignments for Objects as History (A Time to Share) Faculty Workshop: Creative and Effective Assignments for Objects as History (A Time to Share)

Faculty Workshop: Creative and Effective Assignments for Objects as History (A Time to Share)

Meet Your Major 2022 Events Meet Your Major 2022 Events

Meet Your Major 2022 Events

PARSONS MAKES Workshops PARSONS MAKES Workshops

PARSONS MAKES Workshops

First Year Student Workshop: Blob intelligence - Collaborating with Slime Molds in Art & Design First Year Student Workshop: Blob intelligence - Collaborating with Slime Molds in Art & Design

First Year Student Workshop: Blob intelligence - Collaborating with Slime Molds in Art & Design

First Year Student Workshop: Melting Creative Blocks and Creativity Boost Experiential Workshop First Year Student Workshop: Melting Creative Blocks and Creativity Boost Experiential Workshop

First Year Student Workshop: Melting Creative Blocks and Creativity Boost Experiential Workshop

First Year Elective: PUFY 1303: Goal-Setting and Professional Skills! First Year Elective: PUFY 1303: Goal-Setting and Professional Skills!

First Year Elective: PUFY 1303: Goal-Setting and Professional Skills!

Drawing and Imaging Sketchbook Competition Drawing and Imaging Sketchbook Competition

Drawing and Imaging Sketchbook Competition

First Year Student Workshop: The Sketchbook as a Powerful Tool First Year Student Workshop: The Sketchbook as a Powerful Tool

First Year Student Workshop: The Sketchbook as a Powerful Tool

First Year Student Workshop: Embodied Design First Year Student Workshop: Embodied Design

First Year Student Workshop: Embodied Design

First Year Student Workshop: The Organic Indigo Vat: Making, Tending and Dyeing First Year Student Workshop: The Organic Indigo Vat: Making, Tending and Dyeing

First Year Student Workshop: The Organic Indigo Vat: Making, Tending and Dyeing

First Year Student Workshop: Applying Social Science Research Methods to Design Projects! First Year Student Workshop: Applying Social Science Research Methods to Design Projects!

First Year Student Workshop: Applying Social Science Research Methods to Design Projects!

First Year Student Workshop: Dyeing with Regional Plants! First Year Student Workshop: Dyeing with Regional Plants!

First Year Student Workshop: Dyeing with Regional Plants!

Choose Your Major Panel  - coming up! Choose Your Major Panel  - coming up!

Choose Your Major Panel  - coming up!

First Year students' Time course Virtual Exhibition First Year students' Time course Virtual Exhibition

First Year students' Time course Virtual Exhibition

news / events

Group exhibition featuring several First Year faculty opens! Group exhibition featuring several First Year faculty opens!

Group exhibition featuring several First Year faculty opens!

Virtual Figure Drawing Club - Summer 2022! Virtual Figure Drawing Club - Summer 2022!

Virtual Figure Drawing Club - Summer 2022!

Newspaper Club is back for the Summer! Newspaper Club is back for the Summer!

Newspaper Club is back for the Summer!

Parsons First Year Integrative Seminar students visit Nohra Haime Gallery Parsons First Year Integrative Seminar students visit Nohra Haime Gallery

Parsons First Year Integrative Seminar students visit Nohra Haime Gallery

Open Figure Drawing - Continued! Open Figure Drawing - Continued!

Open Figure Drawing - Continued!

End of semester PARSONS MAKES workshops! End of semester PARSONS MAKES workshops!

End of semester PARSONS MAKES workshops!

Conquer your Finals by taking a PARSONS MAKES! workshop! Conquer your Finals by taking a PARSONS MAKES! workshop!

Conquer your Finals by taking a PARSONS MAKES! workshop!

Parsons MAKES is back with more workshops! Parsons MAKES is back with more workshops!

Parsons MAKES is back with more workshops!

First Year Student Workshop: Printmaking Off the Press First Year Student Workshop: Printmaking Off the Press

First Year Student Workshop: Printmaking Off the Press

New PARSONS MAKES WORKSHOPS! New PARSONS MAKES WORKSHOPS!

New PARSONS MAKES WORKSHOPS!

Faculty Workshop: Creative and Effective Assignments for Objects as History (A Time to Share) Faculty Workshop: Creative and Effective Assignments for Objects as History (A Time to Share)

Faculty Workshop: Creative and Effective Assignments for Objects as History (A Time to Share)

First Year Student Workshop: Intro to Adobe Audition First Year Student Workshop: Intro to Adobe Audition

First Year Student Workshop: Intro to Adobe Audition

First Year Student Workshop: Intro to Illustrator First Year Student Workshop: Intro to Illustrator

First Year Student Workshop: Intro to Illustrator

First Year Student Workshop: The Weird and Wild World of NFTs First Year Student Workshop: The Weird and Wild World of NFTs

First Year Student Workshop: The Weird and Wild World of NFTs

Meet Your Major 2022 Events Meet Your Major 2022 Events

Meet Your Major 2022 Events

PARSONS MAKES Workshops PARSONS MAKES Workshops

PARSONS MAKES Workshops

First Year Student Workshop: Blob intelligence - Collaborating with Slime Molds in Art & Design First Year Student Workshop: Blob intelligence - Collaborating with Slime Molds in Art & Design

First Year Student Workshop: Blob intelligence - Collaborating with Slime Molds in Art & Design

First Year Student Workshop: Melting Creative Blocks and Creativity Boost Experiential Workshop First Year Student Workshop: Melting Creative Blocks and Creativity Boost Experiential Workshop

First Year Student Workshop: Melting Creative Blocks and Creativity Boost Experiential Workshop

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