Core Studio 2: Topics in 3D
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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 3230
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course offers a focused investigation into a single topic. The topic can be, for example, focused simply on one specific techniques or materials, or can allow for hybrid practices, context-driven strategies, and take on larger themes. The Topics class will allow students to explore the respective areas in more focus and depth, through research-based studio work. Reading in this class is seen as an integral part of student’s studio practice. Topics in Fall 2015 include the following:

On Monuments and Memorials: This course explores monuments and memorials in New York City and abroad. The course will bridge the relationship between student’s individual studio practices with the public at large. In addition to taking field trips to visit monuments and memorials, students will learn how to create proposals for a monument or memorial in one of the Five Boroughs. These proposals will consist of project descriptions, models, both digital and analog. Final projects will be reviewed by a public art professional currently working in the field.

Recycle, Rethink: Recycling is defined as processing used materials into new products. In this course students will make art with repurposed materials and will draw inspiration from the landscape and ideas around the culture of recycling such as sorting, transferring, exchanging, and reusing. This class will explore new approaches to materials, look at means of processing, and continue to build fabrication skills. Students will learn about recycled materials and services available to them in New York City and are expected to have completed Introduction to 3D and/or have basic fabrication skills. Class projects, lectures and excursions will be focused on the earth, cycles, recycled materials, processing and fabrication. Collaborations will be possible.

Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Bachelors degree in Fine Arts majors, others by permission of the Fine Arts program. Pre-requisite(s): PUFA 2200 Core Seminar 1: Sign & System, PUFA 2230 Core Studio 1: 3D, and at least one of the following: PUFA 2220 Core Studio 1: 2D or PUFA 2240 Core Studio 1: 4D.


Open to Undergraduate students.


Open to Fine Arts students.