November 19, 2012

MA in the History of Decorative Arts and Design

Parsons School of Design at The New School

Parsons The New School for Design invites you to learn about the Master of Arts degree in the History of Decorative Arts and Design offered jointly between Parsons and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City.

At the information session—held at the Cooper-Hewitt on Wednesday, November 28 at 6pm— you’ll have the opportunity to meet with faculty, current students, museum curators, and admissions counselors, and learn about career options for graduates as historians, curators, and scholars in museums, universities, historic houses, auction houses, and galleries. The event will also address study options at the new Parsons Paris location. RSVP here.

Objects of Meaning
The curriculum for this diverse and innovative program focuses on the stylistic, historical, and theoretical contexts of European and American decorative arts and design from the Renaissance to the present. Object-based courses on furniture, interiors, ceramics, costume, glass, graphic design, metalwork, textiles, works on paper, and other media go beyond connoisseurship to address objects as intersections of social meaning and aesthetic theory.

Museum-based Study
Classes meet in the museum, offering students the opportunity not only to learn directly from the collection but also to work with curators, educators, visiting researchers, and designers in the museum’s community of scholars. Students receive hands-on experience in museum practices and procedures, and often pursue for-credit internships at the Cooper-Hewitt and other museums, galleries, auction house archives, and historic houses around the city. See museum collection here.

Fellowships and Other Opportunities
All incoming students are considered for Masters Curatorial Fellowships at the Cooper-Hewitt, which offer partial tuition remission. MA program students may also apply to teach recitation sections of undergraduate lecture classes in design history, theory, and other subjects. Student teaching assistants conduct their own classes, leading discussion and formulating and grading assignments. This paid position is an invaluable opportunity for future academics, and one rarely open to pre-doctoral students.

Learn more about the master’s program and register for this free event here.

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