Collaboration Studio
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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 3050
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
  • Design
These are unique types of studio courses, pairing teams of students with industry partners to undertake real-world projects. The following are being offered in fall 2014:

Tourism, Identity & Memory: Our research studio will examine the design of tourism’s material culture and its underlying service ecosystem. We will encourage critical thinking around the language and psychology of desire for place-based mementos, unpack and disrupt current practices of placemaking through artifact, and investigate applications of contemporary and future technologies from latent 3D printing to Internet of Things connectivity towards a new model of production and sustainable consumption. Through site visits, cases, workshops, and eventually, retail collaborations to pilot a collection of limited-edition 'souvenirs', our ultimate goal is to propose new paradigms for industry, visitors, and locals to reimagine the relationship between place, culture and design.

Social Activism & the Print: This course aims to raise social consciousness and the development of communication design skills while partnering with a Social Justice Organization. It examines the history and current issues of creative prints produced by artists/activists in the cause of social movements. Through direct student interaction with the SJO, the course will facilitate civic participation. Throughout history, printmaking has used imagery to define, transform, and promote political, social, and cultural agendas. In doing so, it has often required the artist to establish relationships with community and to encourage public participation to foster dialog, raise consciousness, and empower. Through an introduction to the printmaking medium, students will design, create, and print posters and circulars to disseminate information and T-shirts.

Speak Music & Design: Note & Glyph. Intermission & White Space. Acoustic Interfaces & Visual Instruments. Media Archeology and Music Machines. Living Data Sets in Music and Design. Musicians and designers share multiple aspects in their creative process – we have similar methods and challenges, we try to be original and innovative and we convey a message, feelings or ideas. However, we use different languages and terminology, which can make multi-disciplinary collaborations complex. This class (a collaboration between Parsons and Jazz, taught jointly by one faculty of each division and populated with a 50/50 student ratio from each school) is designed to give students of both areas tools to partner with each other and insight about the process of the creation of a specific project. Projects will be publicly presented in a final exhibition.

Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All School of Art, Media & Technology upper-level undergraduate degree 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.