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  • As you consider a career shift into fashion design, you’re probably aware that Parsons has launched the careers of many of the world’s most successful fashion designers. But the accomplishments of Parsons’ AAS Fashion Design graduates go beyond the boldface names. Program alumni are equally impressive for their contributions to the industry at all scales—from leading innovation in sustainable fashion technology to developing local businesses to building brands globally.

    This program is part of Parsons' School of Fashion. Learn about the Fashion community and explore our blog to see what students, faculty, and alumni are doing in NYC and around the world.

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    Working with Leaders, Launching Your Line

    AAS Fashion Design graduates apply the industry-focused perspectives they acquire in the program to positions with a variety of fashion companies. Graduates have joined the best-respected companies in the business: Chanel, Theory, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Eileen Fisher, Ralph Lauren, and GAP, to name a few. Other alumni—such as Jay Godfrey and Aimee Kestenberg—start their own lines right out of the gate. The program’s reputation for quality, industry relevance, originality, and comprehensiveness opens doors throughout the fashion industry.

    Developing Your Vision

    The program provides opportunities to have your final designs  photographed, giving you documented work for your portfolio. Your work is promoted on a variety of platforms, and jury selected work is presented during the end-of-year exhibition. Your design practice is developed under the guidance of Parsons’ faculty of industry professionals and reflects an awareness of factors connected to fashion, including global production, commerce, and sustainability.

    Fashion Design from Concept to Collection

    In the program, you study the process, techniques, and language of fashion design from concept to production, along with the essentials of marketing and of designing with ethical and sustainable methods. You design womenswear, menswear, and accessories, learning everything from the basics of drawing, draping, patternmaking, and sewing to tailoring and haute couture. Class critiques and lectures organized by the School of Fashion at Parsons bring design professionals such as Narciso Rodriguez and Jenna Lyons and journalist Cathy Horyn to campus to offer their perspectives. Projects with external partners like Coach, Louis Vuitton, Under Armour, Swarovski, Allen Edmonds, and the Council of Fashion Designers of America provide opportunities to work with major industry and media firms while developing your own creative practice.

    Curriculum

    Core classes and electives focus on conceptual research and construction techniques relevant to work in the industry. Required courses cover fashion research, design, and construction methods; accessories design; and industry software, including visual communications tools for developing fashion collections, creating presentations, and documenting work for portfolios. Electives offer you opportunities to explore shoe, textile surface, lingerie, jewelry, bag, and leather design. Depending on the number of transfer credits you bring to your AAS program, you can complete your studies in two to four semesters. Most students finish the program in about three semesters.

    Alumni Work in the Following Positions and Firms

    Senior Menswear Design Consultant, Tommy Hilfiger
    Senior Sweater Designer, Theory/Theyskens’ Theory
    Accessories Designer, Proenza Schouler
    Senior Swimwear Designer, Victoria’s Secret
    Founder and Principal Designer, J.F. & Son/Project 1281
    Designer, Michael Kors
    Senior Designer, Women’s Sportswear, True Religion Brand Jeans
    Manager, Color and Concept Department, A|X Armani Exchange
    Associate Designer, Yigal Azroël, Inc.
    Associate Designer and Line Coordinator, Nicole Miller

  • Curriculum

    The Associate in Applied Science degree is awarded for completion of 65 credits of coursework. A maximum of 31 undergraduate credits may be transferred from other programs or institutions. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and fulfill all program requirements in a timely manner.

    Students who receive the maximum number of transferable credits (31) are eligible to enroll in the fast-track option described below.

    Fashion Design (AAS) Program with Liberal Arts Transfer Credits

    Fashion Design (AAS) Program: Fast Track

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    Learn more about what Parsons students, faculty, and alumni are doing throughout the city and around the world.
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    Alumni

    The following are some notable alumni:

    Gayatri Jolly (2014)
    Founder, Gayatri Jolly (clothing label and nonprofit organization related to the garment industry in India)

    Yi Wen Lim (2014)
    Arts of Fashion Foundation Winner

    Chris Gelinas (2010)
    Finalist, LVMH Prize

    Martha Napier (2010)
    Senior Designer, Michael Kors

    Erin Beatty (2006)
    Co-founder, Suno

    John Caruso (2003)
    Designer, Abercrombie & Fitch

    Catherine Fung (2002)
    Owner/Designer, Little Prince & Piggy

    Prabal Gurung (2004)
    Creative Director, Bill Blass

    Reed Krakoff (1989)
    President/Executive Creative Director, Coach

    Charles Youssef (2004)
    Designer, Perry Ellis

    Jay Godfrey (2004)
    Founder/Creative Director, Jay Godfrey Collection

    Fabio Silva (2003)
    Legal Counsel, Tory Burch LLC

    Admission Requirements

    Applicant Profile

    The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree program is most suitable for students with some college experience who are clear about their interests in the field of design and prepared for rapid immersion in a professional course of study. The typical student has a bachelor's or an advanced degree and work experience in a field other than design. Admission to the program is based on the prospective student’s maturity, desire to pursue further education, previous accomplishments, and potential for growth. Applicants must have graduated from high school at least two years prior to be eligible to apply.

    Application and Financial Aid Deadlines

    1. Application Deadlines:
      • Fall Term Regular Priority Applicants: April 1
      • Spring Term Priority Applicants: October 15
      • Fall Term Readmission (review readmission information below): August 1
      • Spring Term Readmission (review readmission information below): November 1
    2. Financial Aid Deadlines
      • All applicants admissible into our program are considered for a merit scholarship award that is determined by the strength of their application. Scholarship award notification is communicated at the same time as the admission decision. International students are eligible only for merit scholarships. If you are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, we encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be found on the Web at www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA is available each year on October 1. (The New School’s federal school code is 002780.) You do not need to wait for an admission decision to apply for federal aid; we recommend submitting by our FAFSA priority deadlines:
      • Fall: February 1
      • Spring: November 1

    Application Instructions

    All applicants are required to apply online. Save your work frequently and print a copy for your records. You must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission.

    Any additional supporting documents that need to be sent by mail must include an Application Materials Cover Sheet. All supporting materials must be received before your application can be reviewed.

    See below for additional information regarding submission of transcripts and recommendations.

    Required Application Materials

    1. Application Form: Complete the online application. All applicants are required to apply online.
    2. Application Fee: A nonrefundable $50 application fee payable as part of the online application.
    3. Official Transcripts:
      All applicants must provide official high school and/or college transcripts. If you are currently in school, submit transcripts for all coursework taken to date. Applicants who have attended multiple high schools may submit only the graduating school’s official transcript as long as courses taken at previous schools are reflected on that transcript.

      Transfer Applicants: Transfer applicants who have completed fewer than 24 college credits (on a semester system) must submit high school transcript(s) in addition to college transcripts. Students who have completed any college coursework must apply as transfer students, regardless of whether they plan to apply those credits to their studies at Parsons.

      By Mail: Official transcripts should have an original signature or a raised university seal, and must be in a sealed envelope that has been signed or stamped by the issuing university’s registrar or records office. Applicants can either send official transcripts with an Application Materials Cover Sheet or request that institutions send transcripts directly to The New School. See “Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials” for our mailing address in the Additional Instructions and Information section below.

      Electronic Transcripts (U.S./Domestic Institutions Only): The New School accepts electronic transcripts only from our approved vendors. The New School’s approved vendors, in order of preference, are
      • Parchment Exchange
      • SCRIP-SAFE International
      • National Student Clearinghouse
      We do not accept electronic transcripts sent directly by a student or school offices. Note: All international academic credentials must be submitted as indicated in the International Academic Credentials sections below.

      High School Equivalency: For GED, TASC, and HiSET, send official test score results by postal mail.

      Homeschooling: Homeschool applicants must provide the equivalent of a high school transcript with course or subject titles, duration of study for each title, content of study for each title, and an assessment of performance or “grade.” Preferably, the courses completed at home are part of a curriculum developed and evaluated by a nationally recognized diploma-granting organization or agency. If not connected with such an organization, homeschool applicants must obtain and submit a GED as confirmation of completing a generally acceptable secondary school curriculum. If an official transcript from a state homeschool association or sponsoring public high school is not available, homeschool students must submit an equivalency or GED, TASC, or HiSET exam results. Individual homeschool transcripts with date of completion do not suffice as official proof of graduation.

      International Academic Credentials: All transcripts not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

      International Academic Credentials with Transfer Credits: Applicants who attended postsecondary institutions outside of the United States are required to have their transcript(s) evaluated by World Education Services (WES), or by another member of the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). A course-by-course evaluation must be prepared for each transcript. In the absence of an evaluation, the Admission Committee will do its best to render a decision. Please note: In some cases, a review cannot be made without an evaluation, and a committee decision will be delayed.

      If using WES, visit www.wes.org for instructions and to begin the application process. The “Required Documents” section will explain what to send. If you request your report online, search for “The New School” when selecting our institution. WES will send your completed evaluation directly to The New School.

      If using another NACES provider, follow instructions for that provider. Mailed evaluations and translations should be sent to the mailing address provided for supporting materials. Applicants forwarding these sealed documents should include an Application Materials Cover Sheet.

    4. Statement of Intent: Upload a one-page single-spaced 500-550-word Statement of Intent describing the events and ideas that led to your interest in this major. Please note that this must be included when you submit your online application.
    5. Creative Assignment: Please upload your creative assignment with your online application. Save your assignment as a JPEG, PDF, or Word Doc no larger than 2MB.
      Fashion Design: Create a collage that defines the lifestyle of the kind of woman or man for whom you would like to design. Use images taken from magazines, and pay attention to color, textures, and other basic elements.
      Fashion Marketing: Write a one-page single-spaced 500-550-word analysis of a fashion marketing campaign you feel has been successful.
      Graphic Design: Design a postage stamp depicting your favorite fruit or vegetable. Submit an 8” x 8” solution.
      Interior Design: Present a collage of images illustrating your ideas for the design of a small advertising agency office in an urban townhouse. Your collage should include details (descriptions, images, or both) of the kinds of furniture, the colors, and the materials you would use to execute your ideas.
    6. Test Scores:

      TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE: All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores. The minimum TOEFL (IB) score required for on-campus programs is 79, and for online programs is 92. The minimum score for IELTS is 6.5, and the minimum score for PTE is 53. Our TOEFL institution code is 2638.

      A TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score is not required for applicants
      • Whose primary language is English
      • Who have earned a secondary school diploma from a school where English is the primary language of instruction (undergraduate applicants only)
      • Who have earned a four-year degree from a U.S. college/university or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction
      Upon review of your application, the Office of Admission reserves the right to request a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score.

      Arrange for the testing service to send your test scores directly to The New School using the institution codes listed above. We accept scores from the past two years. If your scores are older, you must retake the test. For more information, visit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.

      Applicants also have the option of enrolling in The New School English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Students must pass Level 5 to waive the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement. Visit the ESL website for more information.
    7. Résumé: A brief résumé (CV) listing education, relevant work experience, travel, etc., including dates and positions held, must be submitted online.

    Additional Information and Instructions

    1. Applying to More Than One Program: In any given term, a student may apply to only one department or program within The New School. Applicants who file more than one application in a given semester will be required to withdraw one of the applications, and application fees will not be refunded.
    2. Application Materials: All materials submitted in association with The New School application become the property of The New School and cannot be returned to you or transmitted to a third party.
    3. Test Score Codes:
      • TOEFL: The institution code is 2638.
    4. Application Status: Applications become complete and ready for review once all required items have been received by the Office of Admission. You can check your application status online at the Admission Hub.

      Allow at least 14 days from the date you submitted your application for items to be matched and shown as received on the Hub. Applicants are responsible for following up with schools and recommenders to confirm that items have been sent.

      The Office of Admission will periodically notify applicants by email if their file is missing any documents and again when their file is complete for review. These notifications are sent to the email address provided in the online application.
    5. Interviews: Interviews are not required. Applicants with questions about Parsons or the admission process are encouraged to attend an information session. Please review the Admission Calendar for dates and times.
    6. Homeschool Applicants: The New School welcomes applications from homeschool students. The Admission Committee does not require advanced preparation in every academic area, but applicants should demonstrate substantial work in English, history, social studies, foreign language, mathematics, and science.
    7. Readmission: An Application for Readmission (PDF) should be completed by students who wish to return after an absence of four semesters (fall and spring). Students must reapply to the program to which they were originally admitted. Readmission is available only for current New School programs. If you are looking to transfer 24 or more semester-based credits, you should apply for admission as a transfer student according to the instructions outlined above. The following materials are required of applicants seeking readmission:

      • Application for Readmission (PDF)
      • Statement of Purpose
      • Employer recommendation (if applicable)
      • Transcripts (required if you have attended another college or university since last at The New School)
      • Updated portfolio at the request of faculty
    8. Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials:
      Parsons School of Design
      Office of Admission (PS 200)
      79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
      New York, NY 10003
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