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Parsons School of Design MFA Lighting Design program theses

Identifier: PC-02-04-04


Collection consists of theses written by students in the Parsons School of Design MFA Lighting Design program.


  • 1987 - 1994; 2006 - 2017



8.2 Cubic Feet (6 boxes, 1 folder)

15.06 Gigabytes

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection consists of theses submitted as a requirement of graduation from Parsons School of Design's Lighting Design program. The collection should not be considered comprehensive as many years are missing. Additionally, it is possible that not all theses submitted during a particular year are present in the collection. The two primary time periods covered by the collection are 1992 through 1994 and 2006 through 2017. The disposition of theses submitted in the decade between 1995 and 2005 is unknown.

Language of Materials

All theses are written in English.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use. Please contact for appointment.

Use Restrictions

In accordance with The New School's Intellectual Property Rights Policy, copyright is held by the author of each thesis. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the user.

Historical Note

Lighting studies courses have been a part of Parsons School of Design's academic programs since 1970. Parsons School of Design Lighting Institute was introduced in Spring 1984, offering introductory and advanced lighting classes for architectural and design purposes. The program was directed by James Nuckolls. The program was the first of its kind in the world. A certificate was offered until Fall 1990 when the program became a full two-year master's degree with Sy Mayerson as its director under the Architecture Department. Later program directors have included Robert Prouse, JoAnn Lindsey, and Derek Porter. As of 2016, Glenn Shrum directs the four-year Master of Fine Arts program in Lighting Design in the School of Constructed Environments.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged chronologically and within each year in alphabetical order by author.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Theses dated between 2006 and 2015 transferred to the archives by Glenn Shrumm, program director of Lighting Design. Theses dated between 1987 and 1994 transferred from the Adam and Sophie Gimbel Design Library of Parsons School of Design in 2009.


The New School Archives did not receive theses from the Lighting Design Department for graduating students in 2018, 2019, or 2020.

Existence and Location of Copies

A subset of Lighting Design theses dating from 2009-2016 are available on open shelves in The New School University Center Library. Researchers wishing to access a physical copy of the thesis should search the title or author at before making an appointment to visit the archives.

A subset of Lighting Design theses are available on open shelves in the Main collection of The New School University Center Library. The archives has a more complete set, because when there was only a single copy of a thesis it stayed with the archives, but when there were 2 copies of a thesis, copy 2 went to the UC. As of 12/5/19, it appears that the theses available at the UC have been cataloged--there is also a Repository Processing Note herein at the component level for theses that have a UC version.

  • Lighting (Subject) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Masters theses (Type of Material) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
Guide to the Parsons School of Design MFA Lighting Design program theses
New School Archives and Special Collections Staff
May 26, 2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Revision Statements

  • December 5, 2019: New School Archives staff added theses for the years 2016 and 2017 to the collection inventory, added thesis advisors, added series-level links to the Digital Collections database, updated deaccession notes, and revised the digital extent by series.