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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
Department: Parsons First Year
Course Number: PUFY 1030
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus, Paris campus
Permission Required: No
How is meaning constructed and communicated through visual images? In this course, students use traditional drawing and digital imaging methods to explore the conceptual, aesthetic and formal qualities that inform how ideas and impressions are expressed on a two-dimensional plane. Students explore visual organization, representational and abstract forms and engagement through observational drawing, photography, digital image creation, and the integration of a variety of media. The tools and methods acquired in this course form an introductory platform for students to build upon in their upper level disciplinary courses. Sections of this class may explore the following themes in relationship to the construction of form, function, identity and meaning:

Language How do visual images enhance or create meaning? What can signs and symbols convey? In this class students will address these questions by using the concrete elements of design and observational drawing to explore and develop a visual language.

People How do our bodies define us? What is a relational body? Can it be a neutral symbol? When is it a loaded message? These and more questions will be addressed by this section, which looks to explore the singular and the collective through the lenses of communities, tribes, nations, and cultures.

Places This section focuses on space, location, and the unique place as a site of investigation and may include personal, private, public, and historical space. What is the question/exploration for discovery being addressed?

Things This section focuses on the tangible object and may include found, crafted, mass-produced, artifacts. What is the question/exploration for discovery being addressed?

Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Parsons First Year students, and others, space provided.


Open to Undergraduate students.


Open to Paris students.