Marie-Pia Bonnot "Reaching for the Light"

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

Manvi Daga "12 Hours of the Day" Manvi Daga

Manvi Daga "12 Hours of the Day"

Jimena Muguiro Lirón de Robles "Daily News The assignment was to take a meaningful item that we had remade and construct it in a different material." Jimena Muguiro Lirón de Robles

Jimena Muguiro Lirón de Robles "Daily News The assignment was to take a meaningful item that we had remade and construct it in a different material."

Caitlin Du "Stop Reading and Go Bird Watching" Caitlin Du

Caitlin Du "Stop Reading and Go Bird Watching"

Katherine Krupnina "Ubiety; My Plain Self" Katherine Krupnina

Katherine Krupnina "Ubiety; My Plain Self"

Mai Anh Nguyen ""Chọi" Phố (Hanoi Old Quarter)" Mai Anh Nguyen

Mai Anh Nguyen ""Chọi" Phố (Hanoi Old Quarter)"

Zixuan Liu, Olivia Schott, Lakshya Sood "Knotted" Zixuan Liu, Olivia Schott, Lakshya Sood

Zixuan Liu, Olivia Schott, Lakshya Sood "Knotted"

Jun Min Park "Isometric study/ The Last Supper study" Jun Min Park

Jun Min Park "Isometric study/ The Last Supper study"

Tanvi Mishra "Reconstruction of Alifbay" Tanvi Mishra

Tanvi Mishra "Reconstruction of Alifbay"

Tanvi Mishra "Shipping Container Home" Tanvi Mishra

Tanvi Mishra "Shipping Container Home"

Qianmu Yang "Untitled" Qianmu Yang

Qianmu Yang "Untitled"

Ingrid Lu "The Plays of the Stage Girl" Ingrid Lu

Ingrid Lu "The Plays of the Stage Girl"

Joyce Chan "Objects As History Reflection Poster" Joyce Chan

Joyce Chan "Objects As History Reflection Poster"

Huiyang Chen "404 Error" Huiyang Chen

Huiyang Chen "404 Error"

Elise Malterre "Haptic Space - Saint Nigel's New Home" Elise Malterre

Elise Malterre "Haptic Space - Saint Nigel's New Home"

Makiah Roberts "Chunk Drawing Tool" Makiah Roberts

Makiah Roberts "Chunk Drawing Tool"

Thomas Yang "Precious Object : Leica M6" Thomas Yang

Thomas Yang "Precious Object : Leica M6"

Luc Sequeira "The Roommate Calendar" Luc Sequeira

Luc Sequeira "The Roommate Calendar"

Riva Wang "Wheel of Existence as a Teaching Tool" Riva Wang

Riva Wang "Wheel of Existence as a Teaching Tool"

Ha (Clipper) Tran "Shiva Vishvarupa" Ha (Clipper) Tran

Ha (Clipper) Tran "Shiva Vishvarupa"

Avalon Hester "Takeaway" Avalon Hester

Avalon Hester "Takeaway"

Gabriela Akel "Notes to Home" Gabriela Akel

Gabriela Akel "Notes to Home"

Helen Sotropa "WHY DO I STILL FEEL LIKE" Helen Sotropa

Helen Sotropa "WHY DO I STILL FEEL LIKE"

Steven Nguyen "Lost Ballerino" Steven Nguyen

Steven Nguyen "Lost Ballerino"

Leila-Anaïs Pyrczak "Memories 1+2+3" Leila-Anaïs Pyrczak

Leila-Anaïs Pyrczak "Memories 1+2+3"

Paige Anderson "Behind the Mask" Paige Anderson

Paige Anderson "Behind the Mask"

Elizabeth DeWald "Personal Exoskeleton" Elizabeth DeWald

Elizabeth DeWald "Personal Exoskeleton"

Chudi Zhang "Social Space - something else - the “cocoon”" Chudi Zhang

Chudi Zhang "Social Space - something else - the “cocoon”"

Shashwath Santosh "But Why? / Teddy Mare" Shashwath Santosh

Shashwath Santosh "But Why? / Teddy Mare"

Kaitlyn Zhang "I Am Beautiful" Kaitlyn Zhang

Kaitlyn Zhang "I Am Beautiful"

Zara Annettte Boyd "‘What Exactly is the Function of a Rubber Duck?’" Zara Annettte Boyd

Zara Annettte Boyd "‘What Exactly is the Function of a Rubber Duck?’"

Yujing Shi "The Veiled Master Bertoldo di Giovanni -- based on the Bronze relief, Battle" Yujing Shi

Yujing Shi "The Veiled Master Bertoldo di Giovanni -- based on the Bronze relief, Battle"

Elizabeth Altmannsberger "Reflective Prism Container" Elizabeth Altmannsberger

Elizabeth Altmannsberger "Reflective Prism Container"

Jingyi Hong "Rooted in the Center of the World" Jingyi Hong

Jingyi Hong "Rooted in the Center of the World"

Rhea Hegde "Assignment 1 "Partner/Gift" (Mail Art)" Rhea Hegde

Rhea Hegde "Assignment 1 "Partner/Gift" (Mail Art)"

Meiqi Yuan "Service Image-Do Not Touch" Meiqi Yuan

Meiqi Yuan "Service Image-Do Not Touch"

Elizabeth Shavrick "Future Magazine" Elizabeth Shavrick

Elizabeth Shavrick "Future Magazine"

Pablo Gonzalez "Red & Blue Necklace" Pablo Gonzalez

Pablo Gonzalez "Red & Blue Necklace"

Aliya Adamjee "Photo Essay" Aliya Adamjee

Aliya Adamjee "Photo Essay"

Kenlee Danner "A little book of Big Bad Things" Kenlee Danner

Kenlee Danner "A little book of Big Bad Things"

VV (Hanwei) Su "Sunrise.Noon.Sunset" VV (Hanwei) Su

VV (Hanwei) Su "Sunrise.Noon.Sunset"

Sofia Martin "Adopting the School Uniform Mentality (excerpt)" Sofia Martin

Sofia Martin "Adopting the School Uniform Mentality (excerpt)"

Eslie Ahou Ramia Nguessan "Et merde" Eslie Ahou Ramia Nguessan

Eslie Ahou Ramia Nguessan "Et merde"

Steven Lin "Cartography - Digital Grisaille" Steven Lin

Steven Lin "Cartography - Digital Grisaille"

Jonna Marie Grigelevich "Eleventh Grade" Jonna Marie Grigelevich

Jonna Marie Grigelevich "Eleventh Grade"

Jessica Tan "Fragment" Jessica Tan

Jessica Tan "Fragment"

Yerin Hur "Sphinx and Lamassu" Yerin Hur

Yerin Hur "Sphinx and Lamassu"

Cassandra Yu "Downward-facing Dog" Cassandra Yu

Cassandra Yu "Downward-facing Dog"

Qiuhong Yu "Integrated Cultural Self-portrait in Tile" Qiuhong Yu

Qiuhong Yu "Integrated Cultural Self-portrait in Tile"

Jessica Tan "Integrated Cultural Self Portrait in Tile" Jessica Tan

Jessica Tan "Integrated Cultural Self Portrait in Tile"

Kirsten Konishi "Tuesday" Kirsten Konishi

Kirsten Konishi "Tuesday"

River Marquardt "Personal Exoskeleton" River Marquardt

River Marquardt "Personal Exoskeleton"

Alana Campbell "Orange" Alana Campbell

Alana Campbell "Orange"

Aria Bowes "Gender in African Cultures Throughout History (excerpt)" Aria Bowes

Aria Bowes "Gender in African Cultures Throughout History (excerpt)"

Victoria Zhang "Why Homemade Soaps are Better than Store-Bought Ones" Victoria Zhang

Victoria Zhang "Why Homemade Soaps are Better than Store-Bought Ones"

Rui Zhang "Constructed Reality: Chinese Landscape Art Finding Its Function in the 21st Century" Rui Zhang

Rui Zhang "Constructed Reality: Chinese Landscape Art Finding Its Function in the 21st Century"

Panyapha Leekitwattana "The Seaports of J.M.W Turner (excerpt)" Panyapha Leekitwattana

Panyapha Leekitwattana "The Seaports of J.M.W Turner (excerpt)"

Amber Li "Technology Paradox" Amber Li

Amber Li "Technology Paradox"

Nico Chilla "My Heart in Four Dimensions" Nico Chilla

Nico Chilla "My Heart in Four Dimensions"

Justin Sherrill "Solipsism" Justin Sherrill

Justin Sherrill "Solipsism"

Yinglun Zhang "Mirror" Yinglun Zhang

Yinglun Zhang "Mirror"

Elin Kuo "sweaty palms" Elin Kuo

Elin Kuo "sweaty palms"

Zixuan Wang "Purgatorial Elysium" Zixuan Wang

Zixuan Wang "Purgatorial Elysium"

Xinxin Zhang ""FALLING" ASLEEP" Xinxin Zhang

Xinxin Zhang ""FALLING" ASLEEP"

Anja Reeber "Measuring Time" Anja Reeber

Anja Reeber "Measuring Time"

Ashanté Charles "To All The Guys" Ashanté Charles

Ashanté Charles "To All The Guys"

Leah Horton "Urban Gardeners: The Key to a Healthier Future" Leah Horton

Leah Horton "Urban Gardeners: The Key to a Healthier Future"

Daniel Yeh "Untitled" Daniel Yeh

Daniel Yeh "Untitled"

Norris Deng and Winnie Zhang "Idea Proposal for Citi bike: A Renewal of the System" Norris Deng and Winnie Zhang

Norris Deng and Winnie Zhang "Idea Proposal for Citi bike: A Renewal of the System"

Junjun Zhou "BoothCare - Redesigned Dental Care Line" Junjun Zhou

Junjun Zhou "BoothCare - Redesigned Dental Care Line"

Alessandro Fontana "Refoodit" Alessandro Fontana

Alessandro Fontana "Refoodit"

Maria Hamacher "simplepod" Maria Hamacher

Maria Hamacher "simplepod"

Bettina Ulivi Azpurua "Untitled" Bettina Ulivi Azpurua

Bettina Ulivi Azpurua "Untitled"

Jade Warren "Value Judgement Diptych: Marshmallows and Tomatoes" Jade Warren

Jade Warren "Value Judgement Diptych: Marshmallows and Tomatoes"

Logan Magee "venus (hottentot)" Logan Magee

Logan Magee "venus (hottentot)"

Cristina Alvarez Davila "The Veiled Dancer, A Sculpture in Motion (excerpt)" Cristina Alvarez Davila

Cristina Alvarez Davila "The Veiled Dancer, A Sculpture in Motion (excerpt)"

Shania Zhu "The Buddha of Compassion (excerpt)" Shania Zhu

Shania Zhu "The Buddha of Compassion (excerpt)"

James Kaniefski "Nurture" James Kaniefski

James Kaniefski "Nurture"

Matthew De Palo "Chakrasamvara In Union With Vajrayogini (excerpt)" Matthew De Palo

Matthew De Palo "Chakrasamvara In Union With Vajrayogini (excerpt)"

Vanessa Clement "Freeze" Vanessa Clement

Vanessa Clement "Freeze"

Ava (Yi-Ping) Zhou "Soundsuit" Ava (Yi-Ping) Zhou

Ava (Yi-Ping) Zhou "Soundsuit"

Vanessa Clement "An Exploration of Femininity through Art (excerpt)" Vanessa Clement

Vanessa Clement "An Exploration of Femininity through Art (excerpt)"

Katlyn Le Leal "The Female Gaze - I. EYES. OURS. (excerpt)" Katlyn Le Leal

Katlyn Le Leal "The Female Gaze - I. EYES. OURS. (excerpt)"

Emma Barbee "One Week's Trash" Emma Barbee

Emma Barbee "One Week's Trash"

Marissa Petteruti "It's not a chair, it's a "Seating Device"" Marissa Petteruti

Marissa Petteruti "It's not a chair, it's a "Seating Device""

Minxi Chen "Save Me" Minxi Chen

Minxi Chen "Save Me"

Sunghee Lee "ordinary love" Sunghee Lee

Sunghee Lee "ordinary love"

spotlights

Colin Stearns, Coordinator for Time Colin Stearns, Coordinator for Time

Colin Stearns, Coordinator for Time

Kaitlyn Zhang: A Week in the Life of a Parsons First Year student Kaitlyn Zhang: A Week in the Life of a Parsons First Year student

Kaitlyn Zhang: A Week in the Life of a Parsons First Year student

Anette Millington, Director of First Year Anette Millington, Director of First Year

Anette Millington, Director of First Year

Public presentation of First Year Time student works Public presentation of First Year Time student works

Public presentation of First Year Time student works

Parley for the Oceans visits Sustainable Systems classes Parley for the Oceans visits Sustainable Systems classes

Parley for the Oceans visits Sustainable Systems classes

Lunch and Learn Seminar Series Lunch and Learn Seminar Series

Lunch and Learn Seminar Series

Welcoming the next Director of the Parsons First Year Program Welcoming the next Director of the Parsons First Year Program

Welcoming the next Director of the Parsons First Year Program

Book talk and conversation: All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence Book talk and conversation: All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence

Book talk and conversation: All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence

Parsons First Year students visit the United Nations Parsons First Year students visit the United Nations

Parsons First Year students visit the United Nations

Meet Your Major Events Meet Your Major Events

Meet Your Major Events

news / events

HERE: An Online Screening of First Year Student Work HERE: An Online Screening of First Year Student Work

HERE: An Online Screening of First Year Student Work

Parsons First Year Online Event: HOME by Nadia DeLane Screening Parsons First Year Online Event: HOME by Nadia DeLane Screening

Parsons First Year Online Event: HOME by Nadia DeLane Screening

Parsons First Year Online Events Parsons First Year Online Events

Parsons First Year Online Events

Transitions to Online Learning: Christian Nguyen Transitions to Online Learning: Christian Nguyen

Transitions to Online Learning: Christian Nguyen

Workshop: "I'm Over It: Dealing with Creative Burnout and Performance Anxiety" Workshop: "I'm Over It: Dealing with Creative Burnout and Performance Anxiety"

Workshop: "I'm Over It: Dealing with Creative Burnout and Performance Anxiety"

First Year Pro Tips, Second Edition! First Year Pro Tips, Second Edition!

First Year Pro Tips, Second Edition!

First Year Spring 2020 Workshop Series First Year Spring 2020 Workshop Series

First Year Spring 2020 Workshop Series

First Year Pro Tips First Year Pro Tips

First Year Pro Tips

Meet Your Major 2020 Meet Your Major 2020

Meet Your Major 2020

Spring 2020: Lunch and Learn Seminar Series! Spring 2020: Lunch and Learn Seminar Series!

Spring 2020: Lunch and Learn Seminar Series!

Public presentation of First Year Time student works Public presentation of First Year Time student works

Public presentation of First Year Time student works

Parley for the Oceans visits Sustainable Systems classes Parley for the Oceans visits Sustainable Systems classes

Parley for the Oceans visits Sustainable Systems classes

Lunch and Learn Seminar Series Lunch and Learn Seminar Series

Lunch and Learn Seminar Series

Welcoming the next Director of the Parsons First Year Program Welcoming the next Director of the Parsons First Year Program

Welcoming the next Director of the Parsons First Year Program

Wearable Watercolor: Royal Talens Visit Adds Color to Integrative Fashion Studio Project Wearable Watercolor: Royal Talens Visit Adds Color to Integrative Fashion Studio Project

Wearable Watercolor: Royal Talens Visit Adds Color to Integrative Fashion Studio Project

Book talk and conversation: All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence Book talk and conversation: All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence

Book talk and conversation: All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence

Parsons First Year students visit the United Nations Parsons First Year students visit the United Nations

Parsons First Year students visit the United Nations

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