Our spring course for the general public is a look a some key moments in the history of graphic design. Bard Graduate Center’s public education course, Highlights in the History of Graphic Design is a five-week course taught by our world-renowned faculty and alumni. Using hands on materials, this course allows participants to discover different histories of design and media production through sensory engagement.

Classes begin April 1
Mondays 7–9 pm

$450 adults
$375 students and educators
Individual classes not for sale.
Space is Limited.

Week 1 (April 1)
The Wiener Werkstätte
With Michelle Jackson-Beckett, Bard Graduate Center Doctoral Candidate and Professor of Industrial Design at Parsons


Week 2 (April 8)
The Bauhaus
With Michelle Jackson-Beckett, Bard Graduate Center Doctoral Candidate and Professor of Industrial Design at Parsons

Michelle Jackson-Beckett’s
research focuses on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Central European and American design and architecture, especially the history of glass at the intersection of industrial and artistic contexts. She holds a master’s degree in the History of Design from Parsons and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and holds degrees in German Language/Literature and Art History from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich and Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia. Currently on the faculty for the MFA Industrial Design program at Parsons, she teaches courses on the history of American and European industrial design and visual culture, spanning 1750 to the present. Formerly she has lectured in the Glass Department at RISD and has held positions at Neue Galerie New York, Museum for German and Austrian Art, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and Sotheby’s 20th Century Design. Her work has been published by the Courtauld Institute of Art and she has lectured at conferences for the Design History Society, the College Art Association, the International Council of Museums, the Victorian Society of America, and the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association, among others. Jackson is the Director of Archives and Publications at R & Company, a postwar and contemporary design gallery located in Tribeca.



Week 3 (April 15)
Latin American Graphic Design and Political Resistance
Instructor to be announced.



Week 4 (April 22)
American Corporate Graphics and Counterculture
Instructor to be announced.


Week 5 (April 29)
Computer as Tool, Computer as Medium: Design after 1980
With Juliette Cezzar, Assistant Professor of Communication Design at The New School’s Parsons School of Design


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