Design Studies: TBA
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Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLDS 3513
Course Format: Lecture
Location: Paris campus
Permission Required: No
Design is all around us, from how we communicate information and identity, to the tools and systems that help us navigate through physical and digital environments. As design has such a wide-ranging impact in our lives, it is important that we learn to think about its implications. How is it influenced by—and how does it influence—our culture and our experience of life? What are the criteria for “good design” in our society? In this class we’ll look at the process, the products and the discourse surrounding design in order to understand how the things we create can solve problems—or, in some cases, create them. Rather than focusing on one specific discipline, we’ll consider design as a broadly–defined activity that shapes the world around us by filling it with objects, images and systems that generate cultural meaning, environmental consequences, social identities and potential for new ways of life. Students will learn from Paris exhibitions, historical and contemporary case studies, theoretical essays, and other key texts about design, developing a more critical approach to the practice of design and ultimately bringing that understanding into their written and studio work.
Open to Undergraduate students.
Open to Paris students.