Writing for the Public Realm
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Level: Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
Department: Design Studies
Course Number: PGDS 5010
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course is premised on the conviction that the role of design criticism is to stimulate public conversation about cultural production, its reception, and its impact. Today, that conversation occurs variously in newspapers, online media, magazines, professional publications, museum catalogs, exhibitions, films, and journals. Students will be introduced to the particular structural conditions and editorial protocols of each of these media forums, as well as the genres of writing they variously employ, including the essay, the editorial, the review, online discussions, museum labels, and others. Students will develop a fluency in each of these genres. Readings, drawn from various sources and cultural perspectives will be analyzed as models of criticism. Over the course of the semester, students will accrue a portfolio of written pieces that meet the highest standards of publishing as they prepare to assume the role of the public intellectual in the 21st century.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Masters degree in Design Studies majors only.


Open to Graduate students.


Open to Design Studies students.