Interior design and architecture studies courses develop students' sensibility in space design; decorative arts history courses introduce them to antiques and furnishing.
are Parsons courses that meet for (9) nine or more sessions on campus or
online. Courses meeting for fewer than (9) nine sessions count as
half of an elective and would need to be combined to fulfill one elective
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Learn basic drafting,
rendering, and space layout while studying interior materials and professional
practices and methods. Explore the philosophy, art, and science of constructing
interior spaces. Taught in separate studio sections by two instructors, the
course begins with basic drafting and rendering exercises and the fundamentals
of interior construction. Through coursework and pinups, students engage in
critique and critical analysis. Students acquire a basic skill set with which
to address more complex problems.
Discover color and its implications for designers and
artists. Study ideas of space and the use of color to solve spatial problems.
Look at color harmony and the way colors interact, as well as color qualities
and combinations. Online students must have access to a scanner. There are no
This is an introduction to planning
interior spaces for students without drafting skills. Learn what it means to be
an interior designer and apply conceptual approaches to interior design
problems. Through sessions on color, scale and proportion, lighting, furniture
arrangement, floor and wall treatments, and client psychology, learn to
conceptualize and plan creative solutions for interior spaces. Master freehand
drawing of floor plans. Complete one interior design project, from beginning
concept through finished visual and verbal presentation. Learn about the use of
equipment, tools, and scale drawings. No previous experience in interior design
An introduction to the preparation of
drawings for architectural purposes. Topics covered include identification and
use of drafting equipment, drafting in scale, basic lettering, line weights,
and standard notation conventions. The emphasis is on orthographic projections
related to floor plans, elevations, and ceiling plans. Trade information
related to the practice of architectural and interior design is integrated
throughout the curriculum. Learn the skills and techniques necessary to express
any design concept graphically. Drafting tools are required. Materials cost
the design process for a commercial or residential project in a studio
environment. They begin with a concept and develop their idea into a coherent
interior space, exploring issues of spatial layout and significance, materials
and finishes, lighting, and furniture. Students present their final projects,
complete with rendered drawings and a materials board. Prerequisite: Basic
Drafting, Basic Interior Space Planning, or equivalent experience.
Learn the mechanical skills needed to visually communicate spatial concepts. Develop the ability to translate floor plans into three-dimensional interiors by exploring the principles of one- and two-point perspective drawing. Learn about isometric views, plan and section perspective, introductory pencil rendering, and concepts of light and shadow.
Explore the design process by developing a commercial or residential project in a studio environment. Begin from a concept and develop your idea into a coherent interior space, exploring issues of spatial layout and significance, materials and finishes, lighting, and furniture. Present your final project, complete with rendered drawings and a materials board. Prerequisite: Basic Drafting, Basic Interior Space Planning, or equivalent experience.
class offers a critical survey of the decorative arts of Europe and America,
with a focus on the key stylistic movements of the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo
and Neoclassicism. Special topics include the Palace of Versailles and the
history of dining culture. Furniture, architecture, textiles, metalwork, glass,
and ceramics are examined in relation to style and function, with special
consideration given to the social contexts in which they were designed and
used. Students acquire the design vocabulary and analytical skills necessary to identify and discuss the many traditional forms, ornamental motifs, and
architectural elements that continue to be relevant in contemporary design.
This course provides a
foundational understanding of developments in European and American decorative
arts from the turn of the 19th century to the end of the 20th. Particular
attention is given to the complex design trends and the expressions of the
20th century as the foundation of interior design today.
Modern fabrication techniques make it increasingly difficult
to distinguish antiques from reproductions. Students develop an eye for good
design and authenticity, learning to evaluate the quality of objects and
differentiate masterpieces from lesser models. They examine, firsthand and with
experts in the field, American, English, and French pieces in New York City
museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and fine antiques galleries.
They study objects' historical contexts, production techniques, and methods of
conservation and become familiar with the industry's specialized vocabulary.
Field trips to historic homes and conservation studios enhance students'
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