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Guide to the Parsons School of Design course descriptions, 1984-2006

Collection Overview

Repository

Parsons Institutional Collections

Collection Identifier

PC.05.02.01

Creator

New School (New York, N.Y.).

Creator

Parsons School of Design.

Title

Parsons School of Design course descriptions, 1984-2006

Extent

1.4 linear ft: 1 box

Summary

Consists of photocopied course description packets produced by the Registrar's Office for classes offered at Parsons School of Design. Packets include information regarding class schedules, instructors, credit hours, degree requirements, and curriculum.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Parsons School of Design course descriptions, PC.05.02.01, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

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Historical Note

American artist William Merritt Chase established Parsons School of Design in 1896 as the Chase School of Art. While founded as a school of fine arts instruction, it soon added courses in "applied arts," which became the primary focus under the direction of Frank Alvah Parsons. The name of the school changed several times, to the New York School of Art in 1902, then to the New York School of Fine and Applied Art in 1909. In 1940, the Board of Trustees voted to change the school's name to Parsons School of Design in recognition of Frank Alvah Parsons' leadership and to differentiate it from other, similarly named institutions.

In 1921, Parsons School of Design's European School opened with headquarters in France called the Paris Ateliers. The Ateliers closed in 1939 due to the escalation of World War II, and never reopened in its pre-war form. Summer study tours of Europe resumed in the late 1940s. When Parsons School of Design affiliated with the New School for Social Research in 1970, students could for the first time earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the New School (before the merger, students earned either a certificate for a three-year program of study at Parsons, or a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree granted by New York University, by taking courses at both schools). A more robust, year-round overseas program resumed at Parsons in the late 1970s under the leadership of Dean David C. Levy. The 1970s also saw the growth of continuing education programs at Parsons, and the introduction of an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree track. In the 1980s, Parsons developed a number of partnerships with international schools, and launched a short-lived merger between Parsons School of Design and the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. The first Parsons graduate program was established at Parsons in 1978, in Fine Arts, with masters programs in other areas added in subsequent years, including a Master of Architecture program begun in 1989. The 2000s saw an increase in the number of graduate programs at Parsons, with new programs introduced nearly every year.American artist William Merritt Chase established Parsons School of Design in 1896 as the Chase School of Art. While founded as a school of fine arts instruction, it soon added courses in "applied arts," which became the primary focus under the direction of Frank Alvah Parsons. The name of the school changed several times, to the New York School of Art in 1902, then to the New York School of Fine and Applied Art in 1909. In 1940, the Board of Trustees voted to change the school's name to Parsons School of Design in recognition of Frank Alvah Parsons' leadership and to differentiate it from other, similarly named institutions.

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Scope and Contents note

Consists of course description packets for classes offered at Parsons School for Design or offered to Parsons students through other university divisions. Packets include information regarding registration, class schedules, instructors, credit hours, degree requirements, and curriculum, including Art History and cross-departmental electives. Folders from the academic years 1997-1998 onward contain separate packets describing interdivisional courses offered under the "University Undergraduate Liberal Studies Curriculum." The packets include descriptions of selected courses offered across divisions that fulfill requirements for this program. Courses offered in conjunction with associate (AAS), undergraduate (BFA and BBA), and graduate-level programs are covered in the packets.

The folder for the 1996-1997 academic year includes a document titled "Multiculturalism, Pluralism, and Diversity at the New School." It lists courses offered throughout the schools comprising The New School university that examine issues of race, gender, and multiculturalism.

The folder for the 2001-2002 academic year includes a document with course descriptions for the Masters Program in the History of Decorative Arts offered by Parsons and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

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Arrangement note

Arranged chronologically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Parsons Institutional Collections - July 21, 2011

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Parsons School of Design course descriptions, PC.05.02.01, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

Revision Description

 Updated box and folder numbers to reflect rehousing actions. December 11, 2015

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for appointment.

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the New School Archives and Special Collections. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection assembled by Archives' staff from a legacy collection, and through transfers from various administrative offices.

Processing Information note

This collection was formerly part of the Parsons Institutional Collections (PIC) Printed materials record group.

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Related Materials

Descriptions of undergraduate humanities and liberal arts courses open to Parsons School of Design students will be found in the New School course descriptions (NS.05.02.01).

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Genre(s)

  • Catalogs.

Subject(s)

  • Art schools -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Universities and colleges -- Curricula.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder
1984-1985 
1 1
1986 
1 2
1987 
1 3
1988 
1 4
1989-1990 
1 5
1991-1992 
1 6
1993-1994 
1 7
1994-1995 
1 8
1995-1996 
1 9
1996-1997 
1 10
1997-1998 
1 11
1998-1999 
1 12
1999 
1 13
2000 
1 14-15
2001 
1 16
2001-2002 
1 17
2002-2003 
1 18
2003 
1 19
2004 
1 20-21
2005 
1 22
2006 
1 23-24

Collection Guide Last Updated: 02/28/2017

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