Erotic Themes in Art & Design
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLAH 3018
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Design History, Theory & Criticism
  • Cultural Studies
The erotic has been variously treated by artists and designers, for it makes all the difference whether the theme is related to physical bodies, assimilated to higher values, situated in social contexts, or analyzed as personal experience. In this course we use a method of formal analysis to elicit the intelligibility of works of art and design that deal with the erotic, with special attention to questions of medium and practice. Pathway: Art and Design History
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university degree students. Pre-requisites: first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.


Open to Undergraduate students.