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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PGHT 5661
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Design
  • Design History, Theory & Criticism
This is a seminar with studio- and workshop- aspects designed to explore the nature and character of design acting. It will offer graduate students without studio design training insights at professional level into design thinking and the processes of moving from conceptualization to realization. The seminar will include readings and hands-on exercises. It will explore at first hand the processes of designing, investigating all phases of design process, from researching and contextualising data to developing and refining proposed design solutions. Examining the nature of design interventions and the understanding of design problems and possibilities, we will look at such factors as ‘wicked problems,’ at design as a ‘conversation with the situation,’ and at the character of design-led innovation. No particular mode of designing will be stressed, rather the focus will be on design in Herbert Simon’s sense as ‘the devising of courses of action to move from existing to preferred situations.’
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university graduate degree students.


Open to Graduate students.