Integrative Studio 2
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
Department: Parsons First Year
Course Number: PUFY 1001
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
How many ways are there to explore an idea? In Integrative Studio 2, students fact-find individually and in groups to explore all types of discovery and documentation. Research often requires moving out into the world through field work, experimentation, failure, and creative problem solving. The studio integrates learning from other first year courses, especially in thematic links to Integrative Seminar 2. At various times in the semester, the two classes share concepts and assignments, bringing together reading, writing and making in a manner that is essential to the creative research of professional artists and designers. Course sections are thematic and include:

Community Engagement How do we experience design? What does it mean to engage in a community -- in a city, with a group, in shaping an organization, in reconfiguring a service -- as a designer? Under this theme students will begin to unearth the complex systems that connect design to behaviors.

Constructed Environments How does the built environment shape our contexts and, by extension, our understanding? What potential lies in an interior's design? How does a product instruct a user? When does a building determine action? Students will explore the interconnectedness of large-scale thinking with on-the-ground user experience to explore the complexity of a designer's engagement.

Fashion How does fashion speak? What information do we derive from a seemingly simple, yet utterly complex system of material, image, body, history and site within the social and global sphere? Students will engage with such complexities while interrogating new ways to approach topics such as form, beauty and sustainability.

Visual Culture How are messages embedded in visual culture? How, in turn, are photographs, videos, illustrations, performances, graphic novels, sculptures, technological innovations - and more - used to communicate an idea or position? And what might it mean to make something that doesn't fit into any one category as we know it? Students will explore interdisciplinarity, collaborative making, the productivity of creative failures, and more.

Open to: Parsons First Year students.
Note: Those sections with the designation [LS] are Language Supportive and were designed for students placing into NELP 1700 or NELP 1800.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Co-requisite(s): PUFY 1011 Integrative Seminar 2


Open to Undergraduate students.