Independent Project: Internship/Action Research
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Level: Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
Department: Strategic Design & Mgmt
Course Number: PGDM 5220
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus, Online
Permission Required: Yes
This hands-on, special projects course is an opportunity for students to draw on the expertise of faculty to develop a domain of expertise of strategic value to their future careers, and also to their success in the Integrative Studio 2. Independent Project course will take place primarily as a student-driven, off-campus exercise complemented by as a series of intensive meetings with research tasks to be completed between the meetings. The expectation is that students develop a rich portrait of the design business innovation opportunities in a designated context: new social/market trends, new technologies/practices, emerging and alternative economies, transitioning political/regulatory frameworks. The emphasis of the course is on gathering and organizing the research material that will drive their participation in the Integrative Studio 2. Whatever final form this course may take for the student, a prior agreement with the Program Director and with the faculty is mandatory.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: MS in Strategic Design and Management majors only; others by permission of MS in Strategic Design and Management program.


Open to Parsons School of Design students.


Open to Graduate students.


Open to Strategic Design & Management students.