The BFA in Fashion Design program at Parsons has trained five generations of designers to lead the fashion industry. Renowned for its excellence, the program has evolved through the years to respond to and challenge the growing field of fashion. Innovation infuses all aspects of the program, from the study of silhouette to the analysis of systems of production and distribution. Today its legacy of design education is interwoven with social and environmental imperatives, which inspire a community of designers to envision fresh ways to make beautiful, sustainable, responsible, and relevant fashion.
Approach to Design
Through completion of the first-year curriculum, fashion design students learn and practice design fundamentals essential to further study. They go on to develop a holistic approach to fashion design, embracing 2D and 3D processes, and continue to build skills in drawing and digital design. Courses on garment construction techniques emphasize self-reflection and discovery, while courses in business and fashion history provide context and broaden students' knowledge of fashion markets.
Building a Collection
Senior year is focused on the thesis project and individual portfolio. Students produce finished thesis collections and graduate portfolios reflecting their personal design philosophies. The work is reviewed by a jury of industry professionals and considered for student awards in various categories of fashion.
Building on the expertise of our faculty and networks in New York and abroad, Parsons began offering the BFA Fashion Design program at our Paris campus in fall 2013. Students enrolled in the program, whether their home campus is located in New York or in Paris, share the same curriculum and can create a continuous course of study between the two cities. (Studying abroad requires good academic standing and the approval of your academic advisor.)
Poised for Success
Parsons graduates leave the program prepared to enter the fashion industry in areas such as fashion, costume, and accessory design as well as marketing, merchandising, curatorial work, and interior design.