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TA Opportunities for Fall 2013

Deadline tomorrow – don’t delay in you’re interested.

Parsons is still accepting TA applications for the following three courses. Each TAship is for 3 hours of work per week and is paid a stipend of $1,237.50 for the semester. TAs must be second year students and have a minimum GPA of 3.4.

If you would like to apply, please send a CV and cover letter outlining your qualifications to Carolyn Comiskey, comiskec@newschool.edu, by 5pm on Tuesday, April 16.

Course Title: Drawing/Imaging

Faculty: TBA

Where Course is Being Offered: Parsons First Year Program

Semester Being Offered: Fall 2013

Course Description: This course is an introduction to the way meaning is constructed and communicated through visual images. Of primary importance is the way that we respond to the visual world and use our unique and personal perceptual, physical and analytical abilities to bring two-dimensional works into being. In this intensive studio, students use drawing and digital imaging methods to explore the conceptual, aesthetic and formal qualities that inform how concepts are expressed. Students investigate visual organization, representational and abstract forms and engage with drawing from observation, photography, digital image creation, and the integration of a variety of media. The tools and methods explored in this course form an introductory platform that Parsons students will build upon in their upper level courses.

Requirements: TAs should be proficient in drawing and/or Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

Course Title: Time

Faculty: TBA

Where Course is Being Offered: Parsons First Year Program

Semester Being Offered: Fall 2013

Course Description: This course is an introduction to the cultural and perceptual constructions of time. Learning to work with time involves more than editing video and sound into linear sequences. It entails the consideration of time as a designed idea that can function as a tool to understand how objects can function, environments can be perceived, and experiences can be shared. Studio projects, readings, writing, and examples of many artists’ work are used to examine how ideas such as frame, duration, and speed have evolved to impact our understanding of time. A variety of methods and media, from digital video, to drawing, to performance, are used to explore and represent different cross disciplinary notions of time found in the fields of art, design, science, and industry. Students will leave the course with a basic knowledge of creating digital sequential layouts and audio-visual sequences.

Requirements: TAs should be proficient in Adobe Premier and Adobe InDesign.

Course Title: Sustainable Systems

Faculty: TBA

Where Course is Being Offered: Parsons First Year Program

Semester Being Offered: Fall 2013

Course Description: This course is a required first year course that provides foundational understanding of the scientific and social issues related to the design of resilient urban futures. An understanding of the constraints, challenges, and opportunities presented by the need to design products, systems, and services that are more socially, environmentally and economically resilient is at the core of a Parsons education. This course is where that work begins. Complexity, diversity, adaptability are key aspects of all natural systems. However our human behaviors, supported by conditions where art and design have had great influence, have built a complexity that is not sustainable and threatens our ability to be resilient. Designers of the 21st century are being challenged by complex problems that involve the use of technology to aid science and vice versa. In addition, mainstream media interface these problems with politics and everyday life. It is crucial, as both professional experts making decisions about materials flows, and as citizens, that creative practitioners have a comprehensive understanding of the scientific process, from fieldwork and laboratory to policy formulation. By combining sequenced field trips and lectures to locations around New York City to prompt discussions and context-based learning related to sustainability, ecology and systems with studio-based labs where field work and applied scientific methods will be translated into informed art and design work, we will begin to build a creative agency that supports diversity, adaptability and resilience in the face of ever changing conditions.