Integrative Seminar 1
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
Department: Parsons First Year
Course Number: PUFY 1010
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus, Paris campus
Permission Required: No
Integrative Seminar 1 has two important goals. First, it will prepare students to read and write at the university level. Throughout the semester, students will work toward questions of scholarly consequence as they acquire the authority needed to write their way into existing intellectual conversations. Second, its relationship with Integrative Studio 1 will result in critical dialogues between seminar and studio practice, or writing and making. This course shares a common theme with Integrative Studio 1 and at various times in the semester, the two classes share ideas, concepts and assignments through bridge topics. In this way, it will bring together reading, writing and making in a manner that is essential to the creative work of artists and designers in every discipline. The Parsons Learning Portfolio will be introduced and developed in the Integrative courses. Course sections are thematic and include:

Avatar Avatar has two distinct meanings. In Hinduism and Buddhism, it means the physical appearance of a god. Online, it means a picture of a person or an animal that represents a particular user. How do both definitions describe an identity that is distinct from the original and yet intensely connected to it at the same time?

Fake Fake describes something that is not what it appears to be. Counterfeit bags, forged money, stage names, mockumentaries, pranking, the list goes on. B+N4ut how do we define what is real and what is fake? Could something fake actually be more powerful, more authentic, than truth?

Memory Memory is an action or process of commemorating, recollecting, or remembering a person, object, or event. How do these actions and processes shape identity and our understanding of the world?

Shift To shift means to move from one place to another. Many, if not most of you, have firsthand experience with this movement. What was it like to move from one city to another in order to attend school? What, if any, are your own family's stories about shifting?

Open to: Parsons First Year students.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Co-requisite: PUFY 1000 Integrative Studio 1


Open to Undergraduate students.


Open to Paris students.