PARSONS > Curriculum: 2013-2014

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
PUID 2010 Interior Design Studio 1

Students will be introduced to the basic vocabularies, skills/techniques, practices and contexts of interior design through the vehicle of a series of small abstract projects. Human scale, interior programming, movement, circulation and fundamental form making will be explored in conjunction with the making studio. Students will be working both individually and collaboratively, in studio environments. This course also introduces students to an array of specific professional resources available to interior designers.

6 -
PUID 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 2329 History of the Interior

A survey course which focuses on the development of interior styles as an expression of cultural, material, political, and aesthetic conditions from the 15th century to the present. It explores the evolution of interior design as a discrete field of practice and its recent emergence as an academic discipline and certified profession. The lecture and recitation course will introduce students to critical and fundamental theories of the modern interior, and locate the student's studio work in a larger social, political and economic context. Coursework will include essays and seminar presentations.

3 -
Studio Electives
3 3
PUID 2010 Interior Design Studio 2

Students will study the decorative interior—a study of surface, space, and small-scale place—making within a city context. The class introduces color, day lighting, and artificial lighting and utilizes abstract methods as design development tools. In this studio class, students learn to convey design ideas through drawings and models used as investigative tools, in studio teams and individually, in order to reveal the objective, subjective and phenomenological qualities of the space. and are able to articulate ideas in critiques.

- 6
PUID 2030 Materiality and Assembly for Interiors

An introduction to the nature of hard and soft materials and their direct application in creating and enclosing space. Materials are considered as matter, for their phenomenological effects, their cultural, historical and contemporary and particular use in interior design. Consideration is given to the impact of material choices and deployment on people and the environment and as they are installed in interior assemblies. 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
PUID 3010 Interior Design Studio 3

Design Studio 3 challenges students to draw and represent ideas in an increasingly sophisticated manner with an increased understanding of their personal design process. This studio emphasizes an integration of environmental issues including energy use, passive construction, solar orientation and material selection 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 interior design value. A basic challenge of the studio will be to not only develop an understanding of energy conservation and design, but to investigate this through designing interiors that balance use, energy, and enjoyment in a sustainable manner. Taught in conjunction with Energy and Ecology in the Interior.

3 -
PUID 3040 Energy and Ecology in the Interior

Introduces environmental principles and approaches to ecological design as they relate to the interior 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 integration of environmentally conscious design strategies. This course offers scientific and technical support for Interior Design Studio 3 in a seminar context with individual and team coursework.

3 -
ULEC University Lecture Elective
3 -
Studio Electives
3 3
Liberal Arts Electives
3 6
PUID 3011 Interior Design Studio 4

This transitional studio builds on prior studio learning to understand the complexities of designing for a specific social group. It also incorporates natural and artificial lighting, materials selection and particular programming challenges for interiors using a wide range of static and dynamic media. Students will be given opportunity to work with outside partners or advisors and will demonstrate ability to work both individually as well as on a team. While project work will be primarily studio based, content may require off‐site research and engagement.

- 6
15 15
Senior Year F S
PUID 4010 Interior 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
PUID 4011 Interior 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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