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Fashion Studies

Overview

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.

Eligibility

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

Curriculum

Subject Area Course Options Requirements
Fashion History 3 credits
Methodology 3 credits
2000-level
  • Students should select a course with the course subject code PLFS at the 2000 level.
3 credits
3000-level
  • Students should select a course with the course subject code PLFS at the 3000 level.
3 credits
4000-level
  • Students should select a course with the course subject code PLFS at the 4000 level.
3 credits
Studio
  • Students should select a studio course or courses appropriate to their studio skill and experience. Qualifying courses can be found within subject codes beginning PSxx or PUxx.
3 credits