History of Graphic Design
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art, Media and Technology
Department: Graphic Design
Course Number: PAGD 1010
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus, Online
Permission Required: No
  • Design History, Theory & Criticism
  • Graphic Design
  • Design Research
This class exposes students to significant and great design from the history of visual communications, focussing on the 20th Century. It is not meant to be exhaustive, but provides a foundation of understanding graphic design as it exists today. Students will look closely at formal relationships within historical designs and respond in original designs of their own. The greater portion of the class is given to slide lectures, and requires additional visual research and reading outside of class. Part of the class will take the form of a traditional studio course in which students work on projects that use historical designs as a window into a unique contemporary visual moment.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Associate degree in Graphic Design majors only.


Open to Lang/Parsons BA/BFA students.

Open to Parsons School of Design students.


Open to Undergraduate students.


Open to Graphic Design students.

Open to Communication Design students.