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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
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 2015:

University Design Studio: This class will be made up of students selected through a rigorous portfolio review process who will be given an opportunity for real-world work experience (includes coordination with other creative and production team members, meeting goals, deadlines, and addressing client needs) on communications design projects for the Parsons Deans Office and the Communications and External Affairs (CEA) within The New School. Even as the studio will address a series of independent and collaborative university projects, it will also serve as a laboratory for experimental design applications. As a 3-credit studio elective, thesis projects can explore emergent platforms, hypothetical concepts and practices that may address future institutional needs or external opportunities. Enrollment in this section is by permission only.

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.

MicroHabitats: This class is a collaboration between Parsons School for Design, New York, the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne and the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong. A MicroHabitat is an extremely localized, small-scale environment, that supports a specific form of life. A minor physical shift means a tremendous transition to a completely different set of conditions. As artists and designer we need to understand the bridging processes between the endless network of these MicroHabitats while we are oscillating between the thinking and the making. Instead of cultivating a narrow discipline-focused lense, we thrive through embracing glitches and unforeseen samplings. The class investigates personal MicroHabitats and their influence on the creative process. How does this process change when we shift the environment? Students in New York, Cologne and Hong Kong will dissect their habitats into layers (visuals and sounds) to create an archive that feeds re-sampling and re-composing through various printing technologies–including rizograph. The aim is a collaborative open end audio-visual publication.

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.