Discourses in Design

Parsons School of Design: Design Studies

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Discourses in Design

Spring 2019

Taught By: Caroline Dionne

Section: A

CRN: 6954

Credits: 3

This course introduces the conceptual frameworks that inform design studies as well as essential research methodologies needed to work with, and build upon, those frameworks. We start from the premise that the study of design, in the modern sense, is of relatively recent origin. While we can trace back a lineage of thought about design to the Renaissance and earlier, reflection on design in the modern sense only begins in the middle of the 19th century and does not acquire institutional depth until after 1945. Indeed, many of the various trajectories and lines of research and inquiry opening up today through the increasing global interest in design studies and design research date only from the 1980s. In the context of this seminar, which aims to introduce students to the range and depth of design studies, we concentrate on relatively recent studies, contrasting these, however, with earlier reflections on design seen in the literature on craft, the decorative arts, architecture, and drawing. The overall goal of the class is to provide sufficient context to the fields that make up “design studies” and to the protocols of graduate-level research so that students can begin to position themselves within the professional arena of design research and design thinking.

Open to: All university graduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Design Studies (PGDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 2:09am 11/14/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 12:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/24/2019 - 5/9/2019