ID Histories and Theories 1
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Constructed Environments
Department: Interior Design
Course Number: PAID 1040
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course offers a broad survey of the design and the material remains of the pre-modern interior. The goal is to offer an introduction to issues of form, style, function, public and private, as we trace the transformation of the meanings of interior space from Late Antiquity to the “invention” of the modern interior in the mid-19th century. We will explore specific buildings, artists, and design projects, from both western and non-western contexts, in order to grasp the enormous variety of ideas and approaches. We will use primary texts, critical writings, and visits to several of New York’s remarkable museums and other cultural institutions.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Associate degree in Interior Design majors; others by permission of the Interior Design program.


Open to Lang/Parsons BA/BFA students.

Open to Parsons School of Design students.


Open to Undergraduate students.


Open to Interior Design students.