Narrative Strategies
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art, Media and Technology
Department: Art, Media & Technology
Course Number: PSAM 5711
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Literature
  • Creative Writing
In this academic elective, we will be studying story systems from Aristotle to multi-player on-line games. Designers and technologists need to fully understand both theory and implementation of classic as well as new story structures. Many current new media don't work as well as classic narrative used in novels, theatre, and the big Hollywood film on an emotional level. Why is that? What makes a story a successful soul-grabbing experience? Is it its delivery system, the way it looks, the way it is timed, or the way it sounds? Or Is it the characters we identify with or perhaps a theme with which we empathize? Students will research script writing (and creation of frameworks) for single channel as well as multi-media platforms that interrogate these new forms in multiple genres. From the personal experience to the large-scale spectacle, this course will make the student aware of multiple narrative possibilities.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Masters degree in Design & Technology majors only.


Open to Graduate students.


Open to Design and Technology students.