Interactive Design for Museums
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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 5716
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Exhibition Design
  • Curatorial Practice
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
This course is part museum studies, part cultural critique and part lab. We will start with a critical look at how three different museums approach the history of American art. On-site meetings with educational/curatorial staff at the Metropolitan Museum, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art are scheduled. We will also look at non-traditional museums (Exit Art, the DIA, and the Tenement Museum are examples), and how these institutions engage in public dialogues about art/history and its place in American culture. Class meetings will focus on broader issues such as installation design, visual connections, and the role/placement of didactic materials. Following this investigation, students will work on projects in collaboration with Historic House Trust. Members of the Trust's curatorial staff will advise the class, and students will form teams and select a specific house to study/research, with the goal of creating an interactive project (an exhibit, a virtual tour, a carefully considered "reaction" that is designed for the public). Final presentations will be open to the Trust staff and to the staff of the selected houses.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Masters degree in Design & Technology majors; others by permission of Design & Technology program.


Open to Graduate students.


Open to Design and Technology students.