Looking at Decorative Arts through Film
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory
Course Number: PGHT 5740
Course Format: Lecture
Location: Paris campus
Permission Required: No
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Film & Video History, Theory & Criticism
This course will examine film through the lens of the decorative arts. It will explore how costume, makeup, architecture, set design and furnishings convey information as to character, class, ethnicity, and gender. Feminine ideals of beauty, images of power, and notions of city and empire are some of the themes to be examined. Musicals, dramas, westerns, film noir, and animated features will be viewed (literally and figuratively) for the ways in which the decorative arts construct representations of reality that reinforce film narrative and contemporary ideologies. Readings will be drawn from film theory as well as from texts on material culture. The course will be held as a seminar with participation deemed essential.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university graduate degree students.


Open to Graduate students.


Open to Paris students.