Core Seminar 2: Form and Innovation
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art, Media and Technology
Department: Fine Arts
Course Number: PUFA 2210
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Core Studio 2 continues with the study of visual methodologies (sign and system) introduced in Core Studio 1, but focuses specifically on form, innovation and methodology within studio practice. Working with readings, presentations, discussions, gallery and museum visits, and critiques Core Studio 2 students explore form and innovation across 2D, 3D and 4D disciplines, understanding them relative to the underlying ideas and concepts that connect all contemporary art practices. Core Studio students will collectively challenge how we experience/read the artwork, question the use of certain materials and methods, and articulate the systems of communication/influences at play in the work. How do formal analysis, historical contextualization, ethical positioning and critical reflection lead to art making? How do experience and intuition translate into expressive form? How does the imagination connect with research to activate the viewer significantly? And how does the artwork exist, communicate and become active in the world? Core Studio 2 will also consider how artists work both individually and as a collective: they will be asked to share their thoughts, pleasures, challenges, working methods, ethical positions and research insights with each other. Through this discursive form of learning the students will become increasingly aware of the ever-shifting ideas and artistic possibilities that continuously affect and enable artists, their ways of working, and their output. This awareness will allow students to understand their own processes and enable them to further explore their own methods and meanings.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Bachelors degree in Fine Arts majors, sophomores only. Pre-requisite: PUFA 2200 Core Seminar 1: Sign & System. Co-requisite(s): PUFA 3220 Core Lab 2: Topics in 2D, PUFA 3230 Core Lab 2: Topics in 3D, and/or PUFA 3240 Core Lab 2: Topics in 4D.


Open to Undergraduate students.


Open to Fine Arts students.

Open to Integrated Design Curriculum students.