Located in Parsons' School of Art and Design History and Theory, MA Fashion Studies works with an interdisciplinary body of faculty who are experts within the realms of fashion studies, art and design history and criticism, and visual and cultural studies. The program is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the resources of Parsons, a leader in design education for more than 100 years, as well as the innovative learning environment provided by The New School.
With its interdisciplinary focus, the Fashion Studies program works with other graduate programs, including the MA in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies and the MFA in Fashion Design and Society, as well as with programs in other New School colleges. This opens up rich opportunities for students to collaborate across the university and to foster the research and analysis of fashion in its relation to culture and society.
Students in the MA Fashion Studies program also take advantage of the resources of New York City, one of fashion's leading world cities. Classes include visits to multiple museums, exhibitions, and events and encourage students to explore the streets, neighborhoods, and retail spaces that form New York's unique cultural fabric.