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  • Parsons’ AAS Fashion Design program enables you to shift careers and move into the fashion industry, turning your passion into a profession. You study the process, techniques, and language of fashion design from concept to production, using ethical and sustainable methods. You have the opportunity to design womenswear, menswear, and accessories, learning everything from drawing, draping, patternmaking, and sewing to tailoring and haute couture. Graduates bring fresh perspectives to the industry's established firms and have even launched their own collections.

    Program Highlights

    • Broad and Rigorous Instruction

      Explore research, fashion history, and construction techniques as well as visual communication tools and software for ideating collections and documenting work.

    • Learn from Leaders

      Be mentored by Parsons’ faculty of industry professionals, with class critiques and lectures by leading fashion design practitioners.

    • Launching Your Line

      Benefit from opportunities to showcase your work and your portfolio, which are promoted on a variety of platforms and presented during the annual Parsons Festival.

    • Industry Access

      Develop your creative practice in projects. Past partners include COACH, Louis Vuitton, Under Armour, Swarovski, Norman Norrell, and Cristobal Balenciaga Museum.

    • Applicant Profile

      The program is most suitable for mature students with some college experience, an academic or professional background in a field other than design, and the desire to start a career in fashion design.

    • Degree Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
    • Format Full-time or part-time, on campus
    • Start term Fall, Spring
    • Credits 60
    • Duration 2 years or less (depending on transfer credits)
  • Curriculum

    The program’s reputation for quality, industry relevance, originality, and comprehensiveness opens doors throughout the fashion industry. Electives give you opportunities to specialize in accessories, tailoring, textiles, knitwear, and many other areas.

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  • Career Paths

    AAS Fashion Design alumni are leading innovation in sustainable fashion technology, working in design studios, developing businesses, and building brands globally. Graduates have joined major companies such as Chanel, Theory, Calvin Klein, Eileen Fisher, Kate Spade, Urban Zen, Proenza Schouler, Tory Burch, and GAP. Other alumni — such as Blanca Rodriguez, Jay Godfrey, and Aimee Kestenberg — start their own lines right out of the gate.

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  • Parsons faculty represent a broad range of expertise and are acknowledged as leading practitioners and scholars in their fields.

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  • Beyond the Classroom

    Our extensive resources prepare you for professional success. Coursework and career services staff give you access to a network of industry partners, and the university’s libraries, computer centers, and the cutting-edge tools of the Making Center support your creative work.
    • Internships


      New York City’s thriving creative industry and cultural institutions are part of your Parsons education. Our Career Services Office is enmeshed in the art and design industry and can help you advance your career with industry-relevant internships.

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      Industry Engagement

      Connect to the organizations, businesses, and entrepreneurs driving global creativity and commerce. In classes, internships, and extracurricular projects, you gain marketable problem solving skills in sectors ranging from government and nonprofits to tech and creative industries.

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      Making & Academic Resources

      As a Parsons student, you enjoy access to extensive resources including New School libraries, computer labs, archives, and studios, along with Parsons’ state-of-the-art Making Center, facilities offering a broad array of tools to support your creative and academic growth.

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  • Related Programs

    • Fashion Design (BFA)

      Full-time undergraduate major (four years, 120 credits); best suited to first-time college students. Culminates in a thesis and qualifies alumni for further graduate study.

    • Fashion Design and Society (MFA)

      Full-time graduate program (two years, 60 credits); applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in fashion design and a substantial portfolio for this highly selective program.

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