Words as Pictures
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art, Media and Technology
Department: Art, Media & Technology
Course Number: PSAM 2702
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Illustration
  • Typography
  • Painting
In this course, the student will use words as pictorial subjects, in much the same way one would use a live model, still life, or geometric figuration as the building blocks of a composition. Text, of course, is a unique subject because it is always the vessel of semantic, extra-aesthetic information. With the pictorial as a starting point, the student will explore methods of retro-fitting semantic information to the picture, using color, scale, and composition to advance or subvert the putative textual information in the words or phrases depicted.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All School of Art, Media & Technology undergraduate degree students.