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Fashion Design (BFA)


Beginning in fall 2013, the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree will be awarded upon completion of 120 credits, as designated by the program. (The 2012–13 curriculum continues to apply for students who entered Parsons in spring 2013 or earlier.)

First Year F S
PUFY 1000 Integrative Studio 1 and PUFY 1010 Integrated Seminar 1

This course pairing brings together writing, reading, and making through projects that draw on creative and critical skills in a liberal arts and studio context. In Integrative Studio, students create projects that involve collaboration, cross-disciplinary activity, research, and prototyping. In Integrative Seminar, they develop essential reading and writing skills that help them connect text and visual elements, a practice central to art and design. Students will be able to select from course options that allow them to explore different topics.

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PUFY 1100 Sustainable Systems*

In this liberal arts course, students explore energy, climate change, and our dependence on nonrenewable materials. Lectures, seminars, fieldwork, and hands-on experiments introduce students to the physics, chemistry, and biology of energy and the way these systems relate to design and everyday experience.

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First-Year Studio: PUFY 1020 Space/Materiality**

In this six-hour studio, students become familiar with the methods and tools used to investigate and manipulate space and materials. In Parsons' modeling facilities, studio classrooms, and shops, they explore form, connections between making and thinking, and properties of space and materials such as weight, texture, color, durability, life cycle, and ecological impact. Students will be able to select from course options that allow them to explore different topics.

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First-Year Studio: PUFY 1030 Drawing/Imaging**

In this six-hour studio, students explore human interaction with the visual world and create two-dimensional works using digital tools such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, drawing, photography, and mixed media. They investigate perception, representation, and culture as they record and then translate observations into visual form, organizing content, analyzing relationships, and communicating ideas. Students will be able to select from course options that allow them to explore different topics.

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First-Year Studio: PUFY 1040 Time**

In this six-hour studio, students focus on evolving concepts of time in art and design and the way those concepts shape human experience and our understanding of the world. They develop and structure narratives and shape user experiences in projects ranging from bookmaking to performance art to audiovisual pieces. Media including Adobe InDesign and video editing software are used. Students will be able to select from course options that allow them to explore different topics.

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First-Year Elective
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PLHT 1000 Objects as History: Prehistory to Industrialization*

This lecture-and-discussion seminar traces world history through the social, cultural, technological, and religious functions of objects found in collections throughout New York City. Readings, lectures, and field trips to museums introduce students to objects representing a span of time from prehistory up to the Industrial Revolution. Students conduct research on objects used by a society and report their findings in written form and presentations.

- 3
PUFY 1001 Integrative Studio 2 and PUFY 1011 Integrated Seminar 2

Building on methods introduced in the first semester, this course pairs a reading and writing seminar with a studio exploring the impact of research on art and design practice. Students learn to use design tools employed by professionals in the field and undertake individual and collaborative projects that investigate how cultural values can be transmitted through art and design. Coursework emphasizes research, formal writing, systems thinking, and information navigation skills and introduces distributed learning techniques. Students will be able to select from course options that allow them to explore different topics.

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15 15
Sophomore Year F S
PUFD 2220 Integrated Design Studio 1: 2D/3D Introduction – Practice and Process

The aim of this course is to give the student an introductory learning experience of the fundamental creative processes of fashion design development as related to 2D and 3D skills and practices within the context of the discipline. As the first in a six‐course core sequence, students will begin to identify and understand the importance of primary research and balancing the technical with the aesthetic.

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PUFD 2230 Visual Communication 1: Introduction 2D Representational Models

This course aims to give the student an exploratory introduction to 2D vocabularies: via digital and traditional drawing methods. As the first in a two‐course core sequence, students will begin to identify and understand proportion, scale, silhouette and surface manipulation, and use appropriate tools and media.

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PUFD 2240 Creative Technical Lab 1: 3D Execution and Technique

Creative Technical Lab 1 is supportive of Integrated Design Studio 1 and gives the student additional skills/techniques within 3D execution. As the first in a four‐course core sequence, students will begin to identify and understand the systems and processes associated with 2D to 3D development and resolution. This will allow students to become immersed in the key elements of process, material, and technical investigation as an underpinning to 3D design realization. Technique inquiry and process: Technical Draping • Draft Drape • Flat Patternmaking • Knit • Footwear • Accessories • Menswear Tailoring • Couture

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PLFS 2000 History of Fashion

This course examines fashion and its capacity as both a reflection of, and an influence on, the cultural conditions of its respective time period. In its entirety, students should gain a greater perspective on the historical, social, economic, and industrial precursors and contexts to contemporary fashion's design, consumption, production, image, tastes, and trends. This seminar course is supplemented by field trips and guest speakers. Coursework will be comprised of group and independent research, written papers, and oral presentations.

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Studio Electives
3 3
PUFD 2221 Integrated Design Studio 2: 2D/3D Exploration – Practice and Process

This course allows the students to further develop 2D and 3D skills and practices within the context of the discipline and will build on the Integrated Design Studio 1. As the second in a six‐course core sequence, students will be moving towards a competency in the application of technical processes as appropriate to 3D tasks, whilst seeking appropriate technical solutions. Students will the continue refine their approaches in regard to primary research and balancing the technical with the aesthetic.

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PUFD 2231 Visual Communication 2: Exploration 2D Process

This course aims to give the student the opportunity to build on Visual Communication 1 in regard to establishing a personal approach and fluency in 2D vocabularies via digital and traditional drawing methods. As the second in a four‐course core sequence, students will expand on their ability to manipulate and apply appropriate solutions in the development of their individual style and design identity.

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PUFD 2241 Creative Technical Lab 2: 3D Technical Exploration

Creative Technical Lab 2 is supportive of Integrated Design Studio 2 and gives the student the opportunity to build on additional skills/techniques within 3D execution (make). As the second in a four‐course core sequence, students will continue to identify and understand the systems and processes associated with competently translating 2D concepts into 3D solutions, through problem solving, design development, and analysis.

- 3
Liberal Arts Elective
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15 15
Junior Year F S
PUFD 3220 Integrated Design Studio 3: Context and Design

This course gives the student an opportunity to continue to explore 2D/3D processes, and to further develop and refine their approach. Students will begin to examine deeper and more complex design inspirations/concepts and demonstrate breadth and understanding of a variety of design prompts and contexts set by external partners within the industry. As the third in a six‐course core sequence, students will continue to identify and understand the importance of applying personal design aesthetics to external industry project, internships and field experiences.

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PUFD 3231 Specialized Studio 1

Specialized Studio 1 is supportive of the Integrated Design Studio core courses and gives the student an opportunity to build additional skills/techniques within a range of specialized 2D/3D execution. As part of this core sequence, students will have the opportunity to select options to begin a more focused exploration of make/execution/resoultion with a view to specialization, while demonstrating ability to self-select appropriate aesthetic solutions, competently underpinned by technical and/or theoretical understanding.

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ULEC University Lecture Elective
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Liberal Arts Electives
3 3
Studio Electives
3 3
PUFD 3221 Integrated Design Studio 4: Exploration of Personal Design Philosophy

This course provides the student with an opportunity to develop a personal design philosophy. Students will be encouraged to define themselves within a market category. As the fourth in a six‐course core sequence, students will begin to theorize and contextualize their own work in readiness for senior capstone experience/final major project.

- 3
PUFD 3231 Specialized Studio 2

Specialized Studio 2 is supportive of the Integrated Design Studio courses and Specialized Studio 1 and gives the student the opportunity to build on additional skills/techniques within 2D/3D execution. Students will have the opportunity to continue this pathway and further articulate their vision through 2D/3D processes with emphasis on innovation and personalization of technique.

- 3
PLDS 2500 Intro to Design Studies

This class examines different aspects of design and visuality by looking at larger questions of production, consumption, and use and how these issues become part of a larger discourse about design and visual culture. The design process is intricately tied to visuality, or how things appear and look; thus, the course uses images to provide students with a better understanding of their chosen field of study at Parsons. In this class, students will assess the relationship between design and the visual by investigating questions about gender, spatial control, ethics, race, status, and class; and will look at a variety of theoretical, historical, social, and political writings to explore this complicated topic.

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15 15
Senior Year F S
PUFD 4220 Portfolio Strategies: Personal Design Research

The senior major project/collection/thesis defines the student within the context of the Creative Technical Lab or Visual Communication pathways. Students will embark on their senior year within their selected pathway having already defined their thesis project via written proposal. As the fifth in a six‐course core sequence, students will research and demonstrate their interpretations of personal problem solving within the context of their own design philosophy.

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ADHT Pre‐Capstone

Students will choose from of a range of courses designed to prepare them for their capstone experience. These will stress a reciprocal relationship between independent work and class time, practice and theory, which will enable them to reflect critically on art, design and visual practices as they relate to issues of sustainability, politics, and social justice. This is an upper-level methodology, research, and writing class that continues to refine the skills and thought processes students have acquired as they progress through Parsons: presentation skills, writing skills, self and peer reflection and assessment skills, executive skills, research skills and systems thinking.

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Studio Electives
3 3
Liberal Arts Electives
3 3
ULEC University Lecture Elective
- 3
PUFD 4221 Portfolio Strategies: Resolution

This course is the vehicle for students to execute their own visions for both 2D and 3D solutions/outcomes. Students will negotiate through a series of options that will culminate in fully supported and contextualized design solution as a body of work, which could take the form of a fully realized 3D collection within the context of the Creative Technical Lab pathway or a balance of 2D and 3D solutions supported by a more extensive portfolio within the context of the Visual Communication pathway. Students will present their resolved concepts in a format that best conveys their personal design identity.

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15 15
TOTAL CREDITS 120

* Objects as History and Sustainable Systems may be taken in any sequence, one in the fall semester and one in the spring.

** First-Year Studio courses—Space/Materiality, Drawing/Imaging, and Time—may be taken in any sequence, two in the fall semester and one in the spring.



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