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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
PUIL 2115 Core Studio: Visual Narrative

This course provides a project‐driven studio to introduce the basic vocabularies, concepts, practices and contexts of storytelling through a wide range of visual media. As the first in a six‐course core sequence, students evolve their understanding of design process and presentation as well as develop their own work across a variety of projects, including drawing, painting, collage and digital imaging. Activities include workshops, demonstrations, group critiques, film screenings and guest lectures as well as studio assignments, readings, critical and creative writing.

4 -
PUIL 2135 Core Lab: Visual Narrative

This course provides a hands‐on support lab to introduce the basic technologies, concepts, practices and workflows of drawing, painting, collage and digital imaging as an essential component of the discipline. Structured to complement and assist the projects of the Core Studio, students evolve their understanding of production and troubleshooting as well as develop their own skills within contemporary and professional standards. Learning contexts include individual work, collaborative work, external partnerships, studio projects, readings, field trips, workshops and guest lectures.

2 -
PUIL 2070 Language and Letterforms

This course considers writing both as a visual element and for its narrative content, addressing the aesthetic considerations of creating letterforms and incorporating type into an image. Students will learn the basic elements of typographic design, as well as write their own stories in various forms. Assignments will ask students to solve visual problems and write in a variety of forms.

3 -
PLVS 2045 History of Illustration

This course will explore the illustration medium through thematic lectures that will address crucial ideas, movements, and personalities in illustration while relating these topics to their social, political, and artistic contexts. These lectures will not attempt a chronological march through time, but will rather trace the boundaries of the medium, creating a sketch of the past and present of illustration. Most classes will also feature a guest speaker, usually a practitioner whose experience or depth of knowledge will complement that week's lecture.

3 -
Studio Electives
3 3
PUIL 2116 Core Studio: Spatial Narrative

This course provides a project‐driven studio to introduce the basic vocabularies, concepts, practices and contexts of storytelling applied to 3‐dimensional contexts and expanded to function in the contemporary media landscape. Students evolve their understanding of design process and presentation as well as develop their own work across a variety of projects, including the design of spaces, performances and objects. Learning contexts include individual work, collaborative work, external partnerships, studio projects, readings, field trips, workshops and guest lectures.

- 4
PUIL 2136 Core Lab: Spatial Narrative

This course provides a hands‐on support lab to introduce the basic technologies concepts, practices and workflows of visual media within a 3‐dimensional context. Structured to complement and assist the projects of the Core Studio, students evolve their understanding of production and troubleshooting as well as develop their own skills within a range of outputs, including toys, installations, live performances, theater, illustrative graphics, accessory design, surface design, commercial spaces and fashion shoots. Students will be working iteratively along a variety of assigned projects, and will work collaboratively during their design process.

- 2
ULEC University Lecture Elective
 
- 3
Liberal Arts Elective
- 3
15 15
Junior Year F S
PUIL 3115 Core Studio: Moving Narrative

This course provides a project‐driven studio to introduce the basic vocabularies, concepts, practices and contexts of applying storytelling skills and concepts from 2D and 3D study into motion‐based work. Students evolve their understanding of design process and presentation as well as develop their own work across a variety of projects, including storyboarding, animation and video. Learning contexts include individual work, collaborative work, external partnerships, studio projects, readings, field trips, workshops and guest lectures.

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PUIL 3116 Core Lab: Moving Narrative

This course provides a hands‐on support lab to introduce the basic technologies concepts, practices and workflows of visual media within a 3‐dimensional context. Structured to complement and assist the projects of the Core Studio, students evolve their understanding of production and troubleshooting as well as develop their own skills within a range of outputs, using movement‐enabling media. Students will be working iteratively along a variety of assigned projects, and will work collaboratively during their design process.

2 -
ULEC University Lecture Elective
3 -
Studio Electives
3 3
Liberal Arts Electives
3 3
PUIL 3300 Topics Studio

This course is an advanced studio for students particularly interested in developing more complex projects with a specific aspect of illustrative work. Emphasis is on critical thinking, iterative design methodologies and synthesis of research, design production and presentation. Students will complement historic and theoretical readings with their own research, and will develop a larger independent project of their own areas of interest.

- 6
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
Senior Year F S
PUIL 4115 Thesis 1

This two‐course sequence is a year long self‐driven investigation into the development of an iterative creative thesis. The goal of this semester is to research, develop and articulate the thesis problem and goals towards the deliverables of an initial prototype including designed presentations of research and process from the entire semester. Thesis requires a written component to compliment their work within the senior thesis show.

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 -
Studio Electives
3 3
Liberal Arts Electives
3 3
PUIL 4021 Professional Practices

This course gives students a realistic overview of the profession of illustration and the range of professional possibilities for a student who follows this curriculum. This course will help prepare seniors to present themselves and their work in the professional world, and to help define what area of the professional world they hope to pursue. Visiting professionals will give professional perspectives and share personal experience.

- 3
PUIL 4116 Thesis 2

This two‐course sequence is a year long self‐driven investigation into the development of an iterative creative thesis. The goal of this semester is to research, develop and articulate the thesis problem and goals towards the deliverables of an initial prototype including designed presentations of research and process from the entire semester. Thesis requires a written component to compliment their work within the senior thesis show.

- 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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