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Level: Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PGHI 5105
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus, Paris campus
Permission Required: No
  • Design History, Theory & Criticism
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Cultural Studies
The Proseminar equips students with the skills required for scholarship in the history of decorative arts. In-class discussions introduce a range of methodologies and critical approaches. Exercises train students in essential tasks such as conducting formal analyses, writing catalogue entries, and making visual presentations. This writing-intensive course stresses the mechanics of expository writing through projects that require students to conduct and integrate primary and secondary source research. Each student selects one work from the Cooper-Hewitt collection to study throughout the semester. Grades will be calculated as follows: Attendance/preparation/class participation (20%); Two short papers (10% each, 20% total); In-class presentation (20%); Final paper (20-25 pages) (40%). Preliminary drafts of papers, proposals, and bibliographies will also be submitted throughout the semester. These will be corrected but not graded.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Masters degree in History of Decorative Arts and Design majors only.


Open to Graduate students.


Open to Paris students.


Open to Hist of Dec Arts & Design students.

Open to Hst of Design & Curatorial Std students.