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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
PUPH 2100 Core Studio 1: Photo Practices

Photographic Practices 1 will introduce students to methods of seeing as they explore multiple modes of photography, using analog and digital capture and output in both black and white and in color. As the first in a six‐course sequence, students are encouraged to embrace creative risk as they respond to conceptual and aesthetic challenges, to explore the possibilities of the medium, and to refine their craft. The historical and contemporary function of still and moving imagery will be introduced as students begin to produce and visualize their work in a conceptual context. Weekly assignments, lectures, and critiques will further students' understanding of picture making possibilities in all fields of photography.

4 -
PUPH 2101 Core Lab 1: Photo Practices

The aim of Core Lab 1: Photo Practices is to give students an immersive and introductory learning experience of the basic vocabularies, skills/techniques, practices and contexts of the contemporary photographic field. As the first course in a six‐course sequence, the Core Lab is paired with and complements work done in the Core Studio. Through technical demonstrations, collaborative work, workshops, readings, and assignments students will learn contemporary methods of photographic production and will be encouraged to explore the possibilities of the medium, embrace creative risk, and tackle aesthetic concerns as they refine their craft in a supportive atmosphere. The final deliverables will be a portfolio of photographic, photo‐related and video works that demonstrate the students’ understanding and mastery of the techniques.

2 -
PLVS 2300 History of Photography

The purpose of this course is to familiarize each student with the major conceptual, ideological, and cultural issues that have impacted and defined the history of photography from 1839 to the present. Each student will be expected to develop their ability to discuss and identify the major developments of this history with understanding and confidence. This course will place emphasis on the socio‐ political forces, technological developments, and aesthetic innovations that have determined the trends of photographic theory and production. Open to Integrated Design and Photography majors; non‐majors with permission.

3 -
Liberal Arts Elective
3 -
Studio Electives
3 3
ULEC University Lecture Elective
- 3
PUPH 2110 Core Studio 2: Photo Practices

The aim of Photographic Practices 2 is for students to delve more deeply in the technical and conceptual aspects of contemporary photography. Students will continue in both analog and digital modes as they work to create with a greater depth of inquiry, develop their visual language, and refine their photographic skills. Risk taking, aesthetics, visual narrative, methods of critique, and the development of individual creative processes are all part of this course. Weekly assignments, lectures, and critiques will further the students understanding of picture the making possibilities in all areas of photography.

- 4
PUPH 2111 Core Lab 2: Photo Practices

The main objective of the course is to develop a thorough understanding of contemporary methods of photographic production through technical demonstrations, collaborative work, workshops, readings, and assignments. Projects will develop an understanding of relevant digital photo editing software and professional grade studio lighting as well as an introduction to digital video capture and editing. The deliverables for the course will include both still and video digital outputs. As the second course in a six‐course sequence, the Core Lab is paired with and complements work done in the Core Studio.

- 2
PUPH 2013 Photo Topics

Photo Topics Is a thematically oriented course that provides students with an intermediate exposure to contemporary photographic practices. The class environment emphasizes and supports experimentation in the medium by traditional and unconventional means. Active participation through improvisational photographic exercises and presentations are supplemented with guest speakers. Students engage with the critical discourse of photographic practice through readings, writing assignments, class discussion, studio visits, film/video screenings, and critiques. Responses take the form of journal entries, weekly papers, final presentations, oral/visual mid‐term presentations, final papers and group projects.

- 3
15 15
Junior Year F S
PUPH 3100 Core Studio 3: Photo Contexts

Building on previous courses in the sequence, Core Studio 3 will emphasize conceptual development, creative processes, and work ethic as explored through the lenses of inspiration & intention; transformation; concept and context; the development of individual creative problem‐solving processes; and decision‐making. Students will explore the language and theory of photography and apply critical thinking and technical skills in defining their own photographic practice. Students will seek to gain a critical perspective through classroom, self and peer evaluation. Lectures, readings, and writing. Gallery and commercial studio visits provide context for the student's work and help define their developing practice.

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PUPH 3101 Core Lab 3: Photo Contexts

Core Lab 3 provides students with an immersion in advanced techniques in photography and related media. The course provides an introduction to sound recording and editing, continues the development of advanced digital video capture and editing skills, and leads to advanced Photoshop techniques for professional print production. Deliverables consist of sound and video sequences as well as digital print outputs and students develop their projects in the context of studio and computer labs with additional supporting research taking place in the field.

2 -
ULEC University Lecture Elective
3 -
Studio Electives
3 3
Liberal Arts Electives
3 3
PUPH 3110 Core Studio 4: Photo Contexts

Students elects one in a suite of Core Studio 4 options that reflect the program's advising pathways in art and ideas; fashion and culture; image in commerce; imaging technology and research; or documentary and social engagement. The fourth in a six‐course sequence, Core Studio 4 provides an environment in which conceptual development, contextual research, creative process, and work ethic are emphasized. Students will seek to gain a critical perspective through self and peer evaluation and critique. Supplemental lectures, readings, papers, and gallery/studio/workshop visits are intended to provide a professional view of the field in order to help students define their developing practices.

- 4
PUPH 3111 Core Lab 4: Photo Contexts

This class, which is paired with a Core Studio 4, is comprised of options that are tailored to graduating students’ needs as defined by the Photography Program’s five pathways of study: Art and Idea; Fashion and Culture; Image in Commerce; Imaging Technology and Research; and Documentary and Social Engagement. This series of alternating topical options offer students an opportunity to engage in specific areas of advanced study during their final semester in the program and provide clear choices in determining the type of focus they will pursue. Learning context may differ between the different variations of the course, but will support a mastery within a topic being investigated. Deliverables will also vary, but might range from large format studio photography, to documentary photo essays, to the construction of electronic image capture devices.

- 2
PLVS 2500 Intro to Visual Culture

Visual Studies is an exciting new area of study that looks at the range of art, media, and visual images, in our increasingly technological and communications based culture, rather than focusing on fine art alone. The course will familiarize students with the key terms and debates, as well as introduce techniques used to analyze visual images from art and photography, to television and electronic media, using a variety of overlapping analytic frameworks. We will draw upon new approaches in art history, media studies, gender studies, literary and social theory, and discuss their cultural, political, and aesthetic implications.

- 3
15 15
Senior Year F S
PUPH 4100 Core Studio 5: Thesis 1

This two‐course sequence is a year‐long self‐driven investigation into the development of an iterative creative thesis. Part 1 of a year‐long course, students will begin to research, develop and articulate the thesis project and critical written component via critiques, individual meetings, written assignments, and presentations. In addition, over the course of the year, students refine their understanding of the critical dialogue that supports their thesis.

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PUPH 4101 Core Lab 5: Professional Practices 1

Professional Practices 1 is an introduction to a range of essential business practices and strategies for photographic and related media fields, and offers useful tools to expand students' ability to interface, market, and promote their work in the professional and public realms. This course complements the thesis by preparing students for the transition from undergraduate studies to the professional world and by supporting the development of a substantial body of work by sharpening professional/critical skills. Students engage with professional topics through group discussions, field trips, demonstrations, critiques and collaborations and in the creation of portfolios, websites, resumes, artist statements, and social media and will be introduced to issues of copyright, taxes, accounting, galleries, modes of presentation and strategies for approaching professional contacts.

2 -
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 6
Liberal Arts Electives
3 3
PUPH 4110 Core Studio 6: Thesis 2

Part 2 of the year‐long capstone course, students will deliver a well‐executed project reflecting the year’s research. The second semester is spent finalizing the thesis project via further critiques, individual meetings, editing a written thesis, and a final presentation in a public gallery. Deliverables include participation in a public thesis exhibition, a 10‐page paper, and oral presentations to a faculty panel research. In addition to the thesis requirements, students participate in field trips, writing exercises and portfolio reviews with professionals in the field.

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PUPH 4111 Core Lab 6: Professional Practices 2

This is the second in a pair of professional practice courses, and is comprised of options that are tailored to graduating students’ needs as defined by the Photography Program’s five pathways of study: Art and Idea; Fashion and Culture; Image in Commerce; Imaging Technology and Research; and Documentary and Social Engagement. The variety of course options will provide students a deepened understanding of professional practice as it relates to their thematic choice (for example: creative teams; artistic career) and will include the development of marketing, promotional skills, and strategies to represent work verbally and in writing. Deliverables might include marketing and promotional materials, websites, presentations, market analysis, etc. Students engage with the course material through group discussions, field trips, demonstrations, critiques and collaborations.

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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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