PSAM

3060

Currents:

Parsons School of Design: Art, Media & Technology

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Currents: Activism in Motion

Spring 2019

Taught By: Christopher Bruffee

Section: A

CRN: 3054

Credits: 3

This course explores how motion graphics can be a potent tool to engage audiences on critical issues, using strategies of design as a form of activism. This course will break down the genres of the medium, how and why they are effective, and how students can communicate and persuade through design, putting a spotlight on the issues they care about. Students will expand upon their motion design skills through projects focused on a variety of content styles and subjects, highlighting both hyperlocal and global issues. Students will also go beyond the design to implementing and testing how their campaigns can effect change in the real world. At the end of the course, students will have an expanded portfolio of motion graphics work they care deeply about, and a better understanding of their power to participate in and influence the world around them in positive ways.

Open to: All University upper-level undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisites: PUCD 2125 Core Studio Interaction and PUCD 2130 Advanced Typography.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

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: 7:50pm 11/15/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/23/2019 - 5/8/2019

Currents: Queer Space

Spring 2019

Taught By: Erik Freer

Section: B

CRN: 3057

Credits: 3

“Currents: Queer Space” asks how we as designers, individual bodies, can critically question and respond to implied power structures in the spaces around us. This course considers the importance of inhabiting, acknowledging, empowering, amplifying and living the perspectives of those who practice in the margins and in the in-between—exploring theory, histories, narratives and the current practices of those traditionally left out of the canon. Participants will engage in weekly readings, discussion and presentations while questioning through research-driven making, learning how to generate and self-publish work that rejects the idea of design as solution, and explores the idea of design as question. Working together, students will create an array of grassroots projects; publications, posters, garments, websites, videos and events, examining design as advocacy and amplifying narratives that galvanize with multiple, differentiated perspectives. The course will be a place for students to speculate on where and how queerness meets form, and to investigate and generate new histories, praxis and pedagogy for themselves. Participants will review alternative histories of theory and graphic design; exploring archives, spanning expressions of gender, sexuality, language, color, culture and thought and then responding with work that contemplates and complicates the potentials of alternative structures and independent means of cultural production, an effort toward a more inclusive, tolerant and plural space.

Open to: All University upper-level undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisites: PUCD 2125 Core Studio Interaction and PUCD 2130 Advanced Typography.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 18

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: 7:50pm 11/15/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 7:00pm - 9:40pm

Building: Parsons 2 W 13th

Room: 1108

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

Currents: Digital Dialect

Spring 2019

Taught By: Faiyaz Jafri

Section: D

CRN: 3345

Credits: 3

This course aims to teach visualization of ideas through 3D modeling, computer animation, and digital sound production by using the digital realm as an autonomous tool while exploring digital aesthetics. As a medium, the computer has not gotten the respect that it deserves. In most cases, anything computer generated is still considered inferior to anything human-made or even machine-made. This concept can be compared to how photography was once an inferior art form to oil on canvas. As a result, the computer is frequently used to mimic analog tools, and a lot of effort is put into hiding the fact that a computer was used at all. Although these applications are valid and important to teach, this course intends to emphasize the importance of developing a distinct aesthetic within the computer medium. This in combination with craftsmanship, which is just as relevant to digital media as it is to traditional art forms. The course explores viewport aesthetics, hyper-unrealism, deliberate aliasing, 8-bit and pixel art, data-moshing, glitch art, the uncanny valley, vaporwave, algorithmic architecture, machinima and more. Students will create compelling digital time-based art within the boundaries of the digital realm and personal knowledge by exploring the unique qualities of the medium and emphasize them. They will also become familiar with various digital aesthetics by studying, discussing, and applying them to their assignments. The emphasis of the course will concentrate on Cinema 4D, After Effects and Reason, but will also explore, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Resolume, and Processing.

Open to: All University upper-level undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisites: PUCD 2125 Core Studio Interaction and PUCD 2130 Advanced Typography.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*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: 7:50pm 11/15/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/23/2019 - 5/8/2019

Currents: Library of Babel

Fall 2018

Taught By: Caspar Lam and YuJune Park

Section: A

CRN: 7713

Credits: 3

This course will explore the relationship between books and archives in the context of contemporary design practice. The course will be a studio-based investigation of the typologies of designed analog/digital books through the examination and critique of real specimens and the collections that house them. Throughout the semester, we will be asking: What are the formal qualities of well-designed books? How is a book a unit of information, and what is its relationship with systematic forms of organization? What do archives and their systems of organization represent? How do books serve as a repository for design knowledge? How do collections of books (and collections in general) serve as a foundation and/or extension of one's creative practice? Scheduled guest presenters and visits to archives will be planned. Students will be expected to research and curate collections that support their visual making and creative practice. The course will culminate in a designed, independent project.

Open to: Bachelors in Communication Design majors.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 15

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*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: 7:50pm 11/15/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 263

Date Range: 8/27/2018 - 12/18/2018