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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art, Media and Technology
Department: Fine Arts
Course Number: PGFA 5300
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Visual Arts
  • Cultural Studies
  • Visual Culture
These electives will enable students not only to comprehend the complexity of their respective media but also to develop appropriate forms to actualize their ideas in the form of work in an exhibition or installation. Studio options for fall 2014 include the following:

Installation as Narrative: By creating individual and collaborative installations, students will explore the ways in which installation can demonstrate an idea, create an experience, implicate the viewer, address location, and shift an audience's perception of time and space. Through scheduled writing workshops students will explore a variety of writing formats and narrative techniques. A theatrical lighting workshop will aid with principles of lighting and stage design.

3D: This course will focus on the concepts and practice of making work in 3D. Unlike a techniques-driven workshop, we will deal with the interdependent relationship between conceptual thinking and the making of sculpture. Ideas will be explored through discussions, concurrent with hands-on practical implementation. Emphasis will be placed on the individual exploration of concepts through experimentation with materials, and different modes of expression. Conversations will focus on the degree to which each work successfully conveys those ideas intended by the student. Class will be conducted both as a group and in one-on-one sessions between each student and the instructor.

Painting: This elective combines the approach of a seminar with a "critique course," in effort to investigate critical issues in contemporary painting. Although students are not required to maintain a painting practice, the course will focus on the medium and its various deaths and rebirths, ultimately exploring painting's current position as a critical medium in contemporary art. Painting will be explored within its own complex syntax and history, and discussed in relation to other current practices. Within this framework the class will encourage a wide diversity of practice and interpretation, innovation, and experimentation on the part of students. Advanced technical skills will be discussed and explored, to extend the student's individual capacities in that regard.

Video: This seminar and critique course is organized around the central dilemma of video as art: near-ubiquitous access to equipment and distribution has expanded video's democratic potential while undermining its individuality as an art medium. How does fine art video in the 21st century establish a reason-for-being and assemble a set of meaningful stakes? Through readings, discussion, exercises, and critique, we will investigate these open-ended questions as a group. Technical advice and production talents will be freely shared; a prior video practice is not required.

Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Masters degree in Fine Arts Majors; others by permission of the MFA Fine Arts program.


Open to Graduate students.