Capstone 1
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Level: Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
Department: Design Studies
Course Number: PGDS 5200
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Design History, Theory & Criticism
  • Design
  • Research Methods
All students must take the Advanced Thesis Preparation seminar, which is designed to assist them in researching and selecting a topic for a master’s thesis. This is a shared seminar for all graduate students in the School of Art and Design History and Theory. Students who have completed their required courses learn how to develop a research subject and follow a work schedule. Both practical and conceptual issues germane to developing and writing a thesis are covered, including information seeking, primary and secondary research, identification of problems, development of critical questions or in-depth engagement with a subject, and the development and structuring of critical arguments that will lead the writing process (to be undertaken in the following semester). The structure of the course combines group meetings lead by a faculty member and individual conferences with the faculty member or members who are specialists in individual students’ research interest. The group meets six times during the course of the semester for students to present the development of their works-in-progress to the class and participate in peer-reviews. Individual faculty tutorials take place during the intervening weeks.
Open to: Masters Degree in Design Studies majors only.
Course Open to: Majors Only


Open to Graduate students.


Open to Design Studies students.