Transdisciplinary Design Seminar 1
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Design Strategies
Department: Transdisciplinary Design
Course Number: PGTD 5000
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Transdisciplinary Design
  • Design History, Theory & Criticism
  • Cultural Studies
This seminar provides the intellectual and contextual background for the transdisciplinary program. Design now interacts with increasingly complex cultural, technological, and economic forces; traditional design disciplines are no longer adequate to address complex global challenges. By exploring this shift, the course contextualizes the pressures to maintain specialization in design and the forces that currently challenge the disciplines. Literature and projects are used to argue that design can play a role in reshaping cultural practices. Students investigate not only cultural theory but also design case studies that have impacted cultural practices. In addition to doing readings, presentations and discussion, each student is expected to lead discussions on assigned readings.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: MFA in Transdisciplinary Design majors; others by permission of MFA in Transdisciplinary Design program. Co- requisite(s): PGTD 5100 Projects Studio 1


Open to Graduate students.


Open to Transdisciplinary Design students.