Material Culture and Film

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Material Culture and Film

Fall 2018

Taught By: Marilyn Cohen

Section: A

CRN: 7304

Credits: 3

This course uses film to explore concepts and issues in material culture and design. We examine how costume, makeup, architecture and furnishings convey information as to character, class, ethnicity, and gender. A mix of musicals, dramas, westerns, film noir, and animated features are viewed (literally and figuratively) for the ways in which representations of reality reinforce varied narratives and communicate ideology. The construction of the office, the home, the city, and the self are some of the themes examined. Readings are drawn from texts on material culture and design as well as from film theory. The course is structured as a seminar with class participation essential. Students will be required to watch a feature-length movie as part of weekly class preparation.

Open to: All university graduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory (PGHT)

Campus: Parsons Dec Arts Cooper Hewitt (PD)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

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: 8:01am 2/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 3:50pm - 5:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/27/2018 - 12/17/2018