The curriculum includes required liberal arts courses for all Parsons Paris students (requirements depend on the degree program). Students take these courses from their first year to their senior year or as part of their graduate program. The curriculum
also offers a range of electives that cover a variety of subjects. Students can pursue their subject-area interests through their choice of elective courses.
Parsons Paris offers a core curriculum of art and design history and theory (ADHT) courses for undergraduate students, which they can take throughout their four years of study.
First-year students are required to take three three-credit ADHT courses: Objects as History, Integrative Seminar 1, and Integrative Seminar 2.
The integrative seminars equip students with a range of tools and methods with which to respond to the world critically, teaching them to connect text and visual elements, investigate ways cultural values can be transmitted through art and design, and
communicate their discoveries and opinions clearly in writing.
Each seminar is paired with a studio course with a common theme. The connections between seminar and studio enable students to investigate writing as a form of making and making as a form of thinking. Objects as History traces world history through an
exploration of the social, cultural, technological, and religious functions of objects—from periods ranging from prehistory to the Industrial Revolution—that can be viewed in museum collections throughout Paris.
After completing the first-year requirements, students are expected to take three additional ADHT courses. The required courses focus either on the history of an art and design discipline or on methodology related to a specific field of study. In the
fall semester of their sophomore year, students take a history-focused course, and in the spring, they take an introductory design studies or theory course. Each program has its own course requirements, which are outlined in the program curriculum.
In their junior or senior year, depending on their major, students are required to take Advanced Research Seminar, one of the three required courses. This course is a conceptual
and practical inquiry into research that prepares students for the capstone or thesis experience.
Complete List of Required Liberal Arts classes
APDS 2013 Intro to Design Studies
APFY 1072 Objects as History
APVS 2001 History of Art, Media, and Technology
APVS 2013 Intro to Visual Culture
APFY 1010 Integrative Seminar 1
APFS 2001 History of Fashion: Lecture
APFS 2002 History of Fashion: Recitation
APFY 1011 Integrative Seminar 2
APFS 2011 Intro to Fashion Studies: Lecture
APFS 2012 Intro to Fashion Studies: Recitation
APFS 4500 Advanced Research Seminar
APMT 2950 Quantitative Reasoning 2
APDS 2001 History of Design: Lecture
APDS 2002 History of Design: Recitation
APUL 2230 Intro to Political Economy
APUL 2231 Intro to Political Economy
APMT 1950 Quantitative Reasoning 1
In their first year, with permission, students can take liberal arts electives that focus on an aspect of the rich visual and material culture of Paris past and present. Beginning in their sophomore year, students choose elective courses, either delving
deep into a specific subject area or exploring a range of subject areas on the basis of their interests.
Electives include courses on a range of subjects, including sustainability, gender and sexuality, film, the history of Paris, jewelry and culture, and career preparation. For examples, please see the list below. Students may also register for liberal
arts courses offered online by The New School, with assistance from their advisor.
Sample CoursesAPDT 3104 Agents for Social ChangeAPHT 4102 Digital Fashion and MediaAPHT 4108 Silent Film WorldsAPHT 2104 - Gender, Sexuality,, and Social JusticeAPHT 2100 History of Modern ArtAPHT 3109 Cultures of JewelryAPHT 3101 The Making of ParisAPFR 2505 Chic, Mode, et EsthétiqueAPFR 2503 Parlons FrançaisAPTD 3105 Building Career Confidence