History of Design and Curatorial Studies

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Sebastian Grant Complete MA HDCS’s First Curatorial Capstone Project

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In the Spring 2017 semester, student Sebastian Grant completed the MA Program’s first Curatorial Capstone Project. Over the course of a year, Grant gained hands-on…

First Year Student Spotlight: Ria Murray, Lee B. Anderson Memorial Fund Scholarship Recipient

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Ria Murray’s love of the decorative arts was born over many childhood trips to museums and historic houses with her grandparents, a musician and and…

ADHT Welcomes 64 New Graduate Students

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Design Studies incoming students touring The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum with docent, Sakura Nomiyama On Monday, August 24th, 64 incoming graduate students gathered in…

Congratulations to the ADHT Class of 2015!

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Yesterday, on Thursday, May 21, fifty one graduating students from the School of Art and Design History and Theory were celebrated for their hard work…

ADHT Is Proud to Announce 2015 Graduate Journals

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The School of Art and Design History and Theory is proud to present the 2015 issues of our annual graduate journals–BIAS, Plot(s), and Objective. This…

ADHT Graduate Students Present at Parsons Festival

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Thursday, May 14 11:00am Christina Moon Opening Remarks Designing People Francesca Granata – Introduction Lauren Sagatore – Constructing the Self through Costume: Fashion Studies Dress…

History of Design & Curatorial Studies Considers Color in Annual Symposium

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COLOR/FORMS, the twenty-forth annual Parsons/Cooper Hewitt Graduate Student Symposium, will take place at the Cooper–Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum on April 23 and 24. The event…

Notable Courses: Dutch Design

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Notable Courses: Dutch Design (PGHT5733) Graduate Seminar October 13-October 24 Coming from the ArtEZ Institute of Architecture in the Netherlands, Marie-Leen Ryckaert began last week by…

ADHT Welcomes 70 New Graduate Students

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On Monday, August 18, 70 graduate students from around the world gathered in Kellen Auditorium to make up The School of Art and Design History…

Students Respond to MoMA’s Design and Violence Site

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Violence and Virtue: Artemisia Gentileschi’s “Judith Slaying Holofernes” Uffizi Gallery, Florence Inspired by the Museum of Modern Art’s experimental web exhibition Design and Violence, students in…


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Offered jointly with the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, in New York, the History of Design and Curatorial Studies program leads to a master of arts degree. Graduates go on to careers as historians, curators, and scholars in museums, universities, historic houses, auction houses, and galleries.

Visit the main Parsons site for more information about the MA in History of Design and Curatorial Studies, including Curriculum and Admission Requirements.