Light: Critical Issues
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Constructed Environments
Department: Lighting Design
Course Number: PGLT 5146
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Design History, Theory & Criticism
  • Design Research
  • Cultural Studies
This theory based lecture course will address a broad range of methodologies that have driven diverse range of architectural and design theory from the later 19th century through the 21st century. In particular, this seminar will closely consider the role of light within the context of these influential theories and related discourses. Students will read a variety of history and theory texts from differing disciplines in order to properly situate a perspective of light within society and the historical evolution of the lighting design profession as well as cognate disciplines and the built environment. The development of electric lighting produced an extraordinary change in social practice and its global effect on economics, leisure activity, and design are studied and serve as a basis for students to speculate on future technologies and possibilities.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Pre-requisite(s): none. Open to: Masters degree in Lighting Design majors, Masters degree in Interior Design and Lighting Design Double Degree majors, and Masters degree in Architecture and Lighting Design Dual Degree majors; others by permission.


Open to Lang/Parsons BA/BFA students.

Open to Parsons School of Design students.


Open to Graduate students.


Open to Architecture/Lighting Design students.

Open to Lighting Design students.

Open to Interior/Lighting Design students.