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Decorative Arts Graduate Seminars

graduate international summer programs

international summer graduate program


The Master of Arts in the History of Decorative Arts and Design, a collaborative program of Parsons The New School for Design and Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, offers graduate summer seminars. These courses are open to all students currently enrolled in MA or PhD programs at an accredited university.

program schedule

In summer 2014, two courses are being offered:

Decorative Arts Seminar in Stockholm and Helsinki, June 23–July 4, 2014

Decorative Arts Seminar in France, July 7–25, 2014


$5,345 per course (includes all gratuities and course materials)

housing and meals

Participants are responsible for their own accommodations, meals, and transportation to and from course locations.

Course information

Decorative Arts Seminar in Stockholm and Helsinki: Scandinavian Decorative Arts

Sarah Lichtman, Assistant Professor, Design History and Design Studies; Director of the MA Program, School of Art and Design History and Theory

Decorative Arts Seminar in France: The Period Room as Curatorial Practice

Sarah Lawrence, Associate Professor, Design History and Design Studies; Dean, School of Art and Design History and Theory

graduate credit

Participants earn three graduate credits for successful completion of the course.

course requirements

Students are expected to attend all classes, site visits, and excursions. Classes and excursions begin promptly at the designated times; latecomers cannot be accommodated. Grades are based on class participation (20 percent) and a final slide identification and essay examination (80 percent).

The course is moderately physically challenging, as it involves hours of walking and standing. Because of space limitations, friends and family are not permitted to join the class for lectures, walks, or site visits.

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Visit Registration for course descriptions and more details. Early registration is advised.

Contact us

For more information about the summer graduate seminar, email or call 212.849.8344.

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