Core Studio 2: Topics in 4D
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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 3240
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 also 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. The following will be offered in Fall 2015:

Paint in Motion This studio course will offer students the opportunity to transform two-dimensional media — paintings, drawings, and photographs – into time-based works. The class will concentrate on the translation of collage techniques using a video layering process by which independent elements can be given motion and duration. Students will learn to work with Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects (a video compositing program) and master a workflow that goes from the creation of original 2D material to be collaged to various options for digitizing the material, compositing, and finally learning to output short looped “paintings in motion”. The course will also address issues of scale, presentation, collaboration and public display and it will result in a public screening of all final works. No video experience necessary.

The Clock: This class explores sequence through the creation of interdisciplinary works with performance, sound, or video at their core. In this studio students create individual long-term projects as well as creating short collaborative in-studio responses to prompts dealing with time-based media. It combines presentations, readings, discussions, critiques, field trips, workshops, and exercises to create a space of communal discussion and debate, of creative resistance and renewal. Within this space, students create projects of their unique content that, for example, may disrupt, rearrange, or speed up the clock, evoking a sense of time that is more than sequential, ordered, and predictable.

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 2240 Core Studio 1: 4D, and at least one of the following: PUFA 2220 Core Studio 1: 2D or PUFA 2230 Core Studio 1: 3D.


Open to Undergraduate students.


Open to Fine Arts students.