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Alternative Fashion Strategies


This minor explores alternative fashion strategies through hands-on investigation of craft thinking, strategic making, and ethical approaches to design. It utilizes a bottom-up approach, amplifying everyday dress, production, and exchange processes to shift our systems of manufacturing, consumption, and distribution toward active participation. This minor incorporates practices such as critical handcraft, alternative economies, social justice, community engagement, social mobilization, and skill sharing in a systemic and holistic approach to fashion production and cooperative models of practice and production.

The Alternative Fashion Strategies minor requires successful completion of 18 credits across six subject areas, as outlined in the chart below.

Note: Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.


Parsons minors are generally open to undergraduate students across The New School, except where program restrictions exist. All students should contact their advisors regarding their options before pursuing a minor.

Students majoring in the following programs are restricted from pursuing a minor in Alternative Fashion Strategies:

  • BA/BS Liberal Arts

The Alternative Fashion Strategies minor requires an application for admission. Applications are available to eligible students via


Subject Area Course Options Requirements
Craft and Making 3 credits
Culture and Politics 3 credits
New Economies and Exchange 3 credits
Integrated Fashion Systems 3 credits
Making in the Community 3 credits
Implementation 3 credits