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Curriculum: 2013-2014


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.

6 -
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.

3 -
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.

3 -
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.

3 -
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.

- 3
First-Year Elective
- 3
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.

- 6
15 15
Sophomore Year F S
PUAD 2010 Architectural Design Studio 1

Students will be introduced to the basic vocabularies, skills /techniques, practices and contexts of architectural design through the vehicle of a series of abstract projects. Human-scale, movement, circulation and fundamental form making will be explored using full-scale, collapsible mock-ups of human-scaled places using lightweight and reusable materials with carefully explored connections, students will develop a visceral understanding of space and place. Students will be working both individually and collaboratively, in a studio environment. Introduction to three-dimensional, architectural form creation and making.

6 -
PUAD 2020 Representation and Analysis

Introduces fundamental digital and analogue drawing tools to students. Two‐dimensional and three‐dimensional graphic digital software and the basic principles of analogue drawing are introduced and both techniques are applied to sketch, test, document and render drawings as both in class exercises to explore technique and build skills, and in support of design studio. This fundamental studio course presents baseline software platforms from which students will continue to build‐upon and hone throughout their education.

3 -
PLDS 2328 History of the World Architecture

This is a survey course which documents the recent history of modern architecture and the development of cities from the technological innovations of the Industrial Revolution to the current cultural trends of the present. Students will be introduced to critical and fundamental theories of modern architecture, and will locate the student's studio work in a larger social, political and economic context. Course work will include essays and seminar presentations.

3 -
Studio Electives
3 3
PUAD 2011 Architectural Design Studio 2

Introduces the architectural implications of the physical world. Using small-scale, site-based projects and programs students will propose buildings which respond to light and orientation and integrate the material investigation from the Materials and Assembly class. In this studio course, students will utilize drawings and models at different scales as design development and investigative tools, understand detail versus overall scheme, be able to articulate ideas verbally in critiques and begin to develop a personal design process which will continue throughout their education.

- 6
PUAD 2030 Materiality and Assembly

An introduction to the nature of materials and their direct application in creating and enclosing space. Materials are considered as matter, for their phenomenological effects, their cultural, historical and contemporary use and as installed in constructible assemblies in architecture and interior design. The impact of material choices and deployment on people and the environment is also considered. As a seminar, assignments will be both individual and team-based, and will include a number of on-site field trips.

- 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.

- 3
15 15
Junior Year F S
PUAD 3010 Architectural Design Studio 3

This studio emphasizes an integration of environmental issues including energy use, passive construction, solar orientation, material selection and massing to modify both space and climate to comfortable human habitation, synergistically providing heating, cooling, and lighting. A key objective of the studio is to develop both quantitative and qualitative understandings of energy design approaches and their fundamental architectural value. A basic challenge of the studio will be not only to develop an understanding of passive design, but to investigate and evidence this through designing buildings that balance use, energy, and enjoyment in a sustainable manner. Taught in conjunction with Architecture and Energy.

3 -
PUAD 3040 Architecture and Energy

This course introduces environmental principles and approaches to ecological design as they relate to the built environment. The class will prepare students to understand their physical environment: how elements in the built environment interact to modify both space and climate. The material will be presented to provoke studio design issues and to provide an understanding of the architectural integration of environmentally conscious design strategies. This course offers scientific and technical support for Architectural Studio 3.

3 -
ULEC University Lecture Elective
3 -
Studio Electives
3 3
Liberal Arts Electives
3 6
PUAD 3011 Architectural Design Studio 4

This studio depends on the application of prior studio learning to understand the complexities of building in an urban setting. Using sophisticated digital mapping tools and a wide range of static and dynamic media, students will study a range of urban networks and systems. Using the documents created in the research phase of the project, precedent analysis and design development students will develop and document new urban scenarios that include built elements.

- 3
15 15
Senior Year F S
PUAD 4010 Architectural Design Studio 5

In this studio students are encouraged to develop their collaborative skills on larger scale projects, where interior and architecture are developed simultaneously and collaboratively. Material and assembly investigations to study design of a large scale detail integrating interior and exterior architecture are part of this course. Representation and translation of design ideas and the ability to present design work coherently and compellingly to a wide range of stakeholders, are critical requirements for this studio course.

6 -
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.

3 -
ULEC University Lecture Elective
3 -
Studio Electives
3 3
Liberal Arts Electives
- 6
PUAD 4011 Architectural Design Studio 6 / Capstone

Develops a capstone project that synthesizes prior program learning. Reconciling multiple stakeholders and audiences, students work towards presenting their projects as a form of social engagement and innovation. Students will primarily work individually, but may collaborate with classmates and other programs with special approval. Students may select from a range of architectural and interiors projects to apply prior studio learning. Sophisticated representation and analytical thought, self-driven and self-critical students should exhibit a thorough approach to design, engaging concept at all scales.

- 6
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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