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Fashion Communication


This minor focuses on communication in the fashion industry. Students connect tools and techniques of communication in design to visual branding, fashion trends and forecasting, fashion culture, styling and imaging, digital illustration, surface exploration, e-portfolio, and fashion publishing. This minor is geared toward areas in fashion such as magazines, social media, styling, PR, creative direction, brand development, and brand management.

The Fashion Communication minor requires successful completion of 18 credits across four 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.


A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate:

  • strength in their visual communication skills: being able to articulate concepts within an appropriate and defined design context through a process of selection and editing and through selected projects and applied creative practice.

  • competence in the visual development, communication and resolution of fashion design concepts using appropriate technical and technological processes in order to progress work – through digital and analog methods.

  • competence in their ability to develop innovative 2D resolutions in relation to fashion branding and marketing.

  • an understanding of fashion history and theory: being able to choose appropriate visual and theoretical research methods towards the resolution of design communication projects.


Subject Area Course Options Requirements
Fashion Visual Communication

6–9 credits

* Students needing introductory art/design skills are strongly encouraged to select one of these course options.

Fashion Design 3–6 credits
Fashion Marketing 3–6 credits
Fashion History and Theory 3 credits


Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School except those students at Lang and the Bachelors Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are completing a self-designed BA or BS in Liberal Arts, who are not permitted to declare minors. For students at Lang or the Bachelors Program for Adults and Transfer Students interested in pursuing a deeper study of this subject area, opportunities are available through the self-designed major in Liberal Arts. To explore this, contact an academic advisor or read more information about self-designed options for Lang or the Bachelors Program for Adults and Transfer Students.

Students majoring in BFA Fashion Design or AAS Fashion Design are also restricted from pursuing a minor in Fashion Communication.  The Fashion Communication minor requires an application for admission. 
For questions regarding this minor’s curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Gregory Climer, Assistant Professor of Fashion Design, at