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 spring 2015:

Design & The Future of Publishing: This course begins with a critical survey of the transmission of written communication from Gutenberg to the present, and continues with a discussion of contemporary issues that cross design and publishing across both printed and digital platforms. Students will get a working introduction to typography, image, layout, sequence, and order, with the aim to design and publish. This section is open to Communication Design majors only.

Rediscovering Discovery: This course will explore the mainly male history of the Voyages of Discovery by narrating the lives of their female contemporaries. Students will look at traditional narratives from the perspective of the active and influential “women of discovery,” and retell their stories using digital storytelling techniques.

Design for Literacy: In this course, students will work with the sustainable book lab, DERT, to create a customized book set that re-purposes used hardcover classics and repackages them into a one of kind book bundles. Students will then work together to create a Book Fair auction that takes place both online and at the studio of the design firm, TODA, in a fundraising effort. This section is open to Communication Design majors only.

Visualizing Public Policy: In this course, AMT and Milano students will work together with real clients and use design strategies to understand and translate complex public policy into forms that can produce a positive social change.

Tourism, Identity, & Memory: This course will examine the design of tourism’s material culture and its underlying service ecosystem, and encourage critical thinking around the language and psychology of desire for place-based mementos. Our ultimate goal is to propose new paradigms for industry, visitors, and locals to reimagine the relationship between place, culture and design. This section is open to Communication Design majors only.

Speak Music, Speak Design: Musicians and designers share multiple aspects in their creative process, but we use different languages and terminology, which can make multi-disciplinary collaborations complex. This collaboration between Parsons and Jazz 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.

University Design Studio: Students in this course will be given an opportunity for real-world work experience on communications design projects within The New School. It will also serve as a laboratory for experimental design applications. Enrollment in this section is by permission only, and selected by porfolio review.

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.