Theorizing Luxury

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Theorizing Luxury

Fall 2022

Taught By: David Brody

Section: A

CRN: 12057

Credits: 3

This class assesses luxury design from multiple perspectives. Issues pertaining to consumerism, economics, and labor will be addressed. Specifically, we will look at examples of luxury design and examine these spaces and products in relation to a variety of authors, including, but not limited to, Walter Benjamin, Henri Lebevre, Karl Marx, and Rachel Sherman. The objectives of this course are: an understanding of the luxury segment of the market as it applies to a variety of industries; the necessary vocabulary to articulate the nuances that differentiate luxury products and the ability to do so with clarity and precision in terms of technique, design, and materials; analytical skills by hands-on experience and business case analysis, discussion, and presentation; the critical skills to assess consumers’ reaction to luxury in a greater socioeconomic context. By the end of the semester, students will be expected to formulate their own critique of luxury in a research project that will utilize both primary sources and the theoretical perspectives we have explored.

Open to: All university graduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory (PGHT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 7:08am EST 11/27/2022

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 9:55am - 11:45am

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: 205

Date Range: 8/31/2022 - 12/7/2022