Learning through Design
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory
Course Number: PGHT 5603
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Design History, Theory & Criticism
  • Education
This course is based on the premise that design pedagogy from K -12 is fundamental for the cognitive development of children, and for fostering a meaningful relationship with their material and social environment. The term design pedagogy implies not merely vocational design training, but the use of design as a process that, through visual learning, hands-on experiences, and project-based engagement, helps enhance children’s education. The course will provide an overview of pedagogical systems that use constructivist learning approaches in which design plays a crucial role, such as Montessori, Froebel, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia and Bank Street. The class will visit such schools in New York City, in order to perform first-hand observations of their educational environments. Students will plan design-based curricula which they will test in actual classroom situations (such as after school programs). They will also be engaged in taking field-notes, conducting reflective writing, and academic research. The class will be taught in a critical studio format, bridging theory with practice.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: University graduate students.


Open to Graduate students.