History of Illustration
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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: PLVS 2045
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Media Studies
  • Illustration
  • Visual Culture
This course will explore the illustration medium through fifteen thematic lectures that will address crucial ideas, movements, and personalities in illustration while relating these topics to their social, political, and artistic contexts. These lectures will not attempt a chronological march through time, but will rather trace the boundaries of the medium, creating a sketch of the past and present of illustration. And because this is a history of a vocational medium (and one without a canon), most classes will also feature a guest speaker—usually a practitioner—whose experience or depth of knowledge will complement that week’s lecture. Pathway: Visual Studies
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Bachelors in Integrated Design and Illustration majors; others by permission of the School of Art and Design History and Theory. 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 Lang/Parsons BA/BFA students.

Open to Parsons students.


Open to Undergraduate students.


Open to Communication Design students.

Open to Design and Technology students.

Open to Fine Arts students.

Open to Integrated Design Curriculum students.

Open to Illustration students.

Open to Photography students.