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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art, Media and Technology
Department: Illustration
Course Number: PUIL 3300
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Illustration
  • Animation
  • Painting
Topics are a unique type of studio course focusing on various facets of the Illustration industry, conceptual scenarios or techniques associated with the curriculum. These studios are a more intense and focused environment immersing the student in a deeper look at the subject matter and are a logical precursor to the upcoming Thesis in Senior year. Topical sections for spring 2015 include the following:

Visual Stories Long & Short This course is about how to make visual stories, starting with 3 or 4-frame sequences, completing the semester with a story executed as a small book. Students will also learn how to recognize what they enjoy drawing the most, especially in their personal sketchbooks. These drawings are often not taken seriously, because they are not necessarily serving an assignment, but they constitute the surest path to reveal one’s originality.

Sid's Toys: This course will explore the world of animatronic puppetry and toy making for the purposes of making stop motion animation. Students will be given extensive demonstrations in mold making, armature construction, toy design, character design and narrative. Students will collaborate with the Animation Topics course and make a short stop motion animation with the figures created in the class. Pre-requisite: A passing grade in PUIL 3115 Core Studio 3D and PUIL 3135 Core Lab 3D.

Advanced Painting for Illustrators: In this course students will delve deeper into techniques and concepts associated with painting in various media. Through self-initiated projects that focus on process, concept, and professionalism, this class seeks to hone your painting skills to a more refined level of expertise. This course is intended as an intense studio environment stressing the importance and benefits of a solid working practice. Pre-requisite: PSAM 3740 or PUIL 2040 Illustrative Painting.

Making and Publishing a Graphic Narrative: In this course, students will research, develop and produce one novella-length graphic narrative or a collection of short-stories and plan its distribution via print and/or online. Through critiques and writing assignments, students will reflect upon their own work and aesthetic sensibility with the aim of developing a unique and sophisticated approach to text and image based storytelling.

Animation: This course will delve deeper into the world of animation techniques. Students will embark on a series of individual projects as well as team up in production groups to produce stop motion animations with the Sid’s Toys class. Narrative storytelling, along with plot and character development, will be integrated with the technical aspects of this animation course.

Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Bachelors degree in Illustration majors only. Pre-requisite(s): PUIL 3115 Core Studio 3: Motion


Open to Undergraduate students.