Upper-Level Core Courses
After completing the first-year requirements, students are expected to take three additional ADHT courses.
One course in the history of an art or design discipline, depending on the student’s major, is required. The following disciplinary history courses are offered through ADHT: History of Design: 1850–2000, History of Modern & Contemporary Art: Lecture, History of Architecture, History of Fashion, and History of Photography. Students should consult the curriculum of their program for the appropriate course.
Students are also required to take one of four theory and methodology courses, as designated by their major program: Introduction to Architectural Theory, Introduction to Design Studies, Introduction to Fashion Studies, and Introduction to Visual Culture.
In their junior or senior year, depending on their major, students are required to take Advanced Research Seminar, which provides a conceptual and practical inquiry into research in preparation for their capstone or thesis experience. Advanced Research Seminar approaches research as a resource of imaginative and critical inquiry for artists and designers, and each seminar is assigned a thematic inflection that aligns with the research approaches and critical discourses used within the different schools at Parsons: Visual Culture, Fashion, Constructed Environments, and Art and Design Practice. Enabling students to reflect critically on art and design practices in relation to materials, images, histories, and theories, the Advanced Research Seminar rigorously prepares students to position their practice in relation to the crucial cultural, social, and political concerns of the contemporary world.