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Fashion Studies


Fashion Studies addresses the cultural significance of fashion with reference to self-fashioning, embodiment, modernity, and globalization through the study of visual and material culture and written texts. Interpretation of fashion as visual and material culture enables students to gain a broad understanding and critical awareness of its meanings as objects, images, and cultural practices that position people in time and space. Introductory-level courses encourage a lifelong understanding of fashion, while upper-level courses offer more advanced and specialized knowledge.

The minor in Fashion Studies 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 Fashion Studies:

  • BA/BS Liberal Arts


Subject Area Course Options Requirements
Fashion History 3 credits
Methodology 3 credits
Design Culture
  • PLFS 2045 Fashion and Modernism
  • PLFS 2011 Fashion through the Lens
  • PLFS 2002 On the Gothic
  • PLFS 2001 Supermodel: Fashion, Beauty, and Performance
3 credits
  • Students should select a studio course appropriate to their studio skill and experience; qualifying studio courses have the following course master codes:
    • PSAM       
    • PSCE
    • PSDS
    • PSOF
    • PUAD       
    • PUCD
    • PUDT
    • PUFA
    • PUFD       
    • PUFY
    • PUIC
    • PUID
    • PUIL       
    • PUPD
    • PUPH
    • PUUD
3 credits
Cultural Anthropology 3 credits
Ethics 3 credits