Book Cover Design
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art, Media and Technology
Department: Communication Design
Course Number: PUCD 3035
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Graphic Design
  • Publishing
This course examines the process of designing a book cover, from reading the material and researching the market to exploring ideas, presenting comps, preparing a final cover, and producing a print-ready jacket mechanical. Students will develop critical reading skills in order to give effective visual form to literature, and will solve design challenges including the illustration of abstract concepts, the combination of type and image, and the packaging of authors or series across multiple covers. In all of our discussions, special emphasis will be placed on the role of books and their covers beyond the realm of graphic design, including issues surrounding the representation of women, people of color, LGBT people, and non-Western people in contemporary culture; the commoditization of literature; and the rapid transformation of the marketplace for books.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Bachelors degree in Communication Design and Design & Technology majors, juniors and seniors only. Pre-requisite(s): PUCD 2025 Core Studio Typography


Open to Communication Design students.

Open to Design and Technology students.

Open to Integrated Design Curriculum students.