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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
Department: Parsons First Year
Course Number: PUFY 1040
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus, Paris campus
Permission Required: No
This course is an introduction to the cultural and perceptual constructions of time. Learning to work with time involves more than simply editing video and sound into linear sequences. It entails the consideration of time as a designed idea that can function as a tool. How does this tool, in turn, affect how objects function, how environments are perceived, or how experiences are shared? Studio projects, readings, writing, and examples of many artists' work are used to examine how ideas such as frame, duration, and speed have evolved to impact our understanding of time. A variety of methods and media -- from digital video, to drawing, to performance -- are used to explore and represent different cross-disciplinary notions of time in the fields of art, design, science, and industry. The course will have a number of sections each following a particular theme, as follows:

Composition How do new audiovisual forms affect our perception, understanding and representation of time? This class will study variables such as rhythm and counterpoint; theme and variation; improvisation and scripting; silence and noise, to investigate practices from multimedia composition to experimental writing.

Embodied Time can be measured through the body in any number of ways: four physical aging, our kinetic movements, the performance of our everyday actions, and our changing outward personal style. This class explores aspects of performance, ritual, identity and live art, as expressed through the physical body and the impact it has on the space around it.

Frame This class will begin with a single frame: a moment in time. From this starting point you will work with variables such as movement, progression, or space, to create experimental stories in a variety of forms such as graphic novels, montage, visual languages, and book arts.

Metropolis In this course, students investigate the passage of time though the cycles of the city. How does the urban environment affect its inhabitants? How do we perceive its growth and decay? Students use a variety of forms, from multimedia composition to dynamic drawing to spatial studies, to examine the perpetual change of the city.

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.