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  • The MFA Fashion Design and the Arts stimulates immersive and experimental practices to broaden your existing fields of artistic expression through fashion. The studio-based program is rooted in interdisciplinary research methodologies that activate new and sustainable approaches to fashion innovation. Collaborative investigations at the intersection of fashion design, humanities, and visual and performing arts lead you to alternative practices that challenge traditional forms of thinking, designing, making, positioning, and disseminating fashion. 

    Program is pending NASAD approval.

    Program Highlights

    • Parisian Perspectives

      Explore creative practices grounded in the Parisian and European ecosystems of fashion, art, and cultural organizations.

    • Sustainable Focus

      Integrate parameters of environmental and social justice in your research and design process.

    • Fashion Experimentation

      Experiment with interdisciplinary artistic methods to develop your tools and voice as a creative, guided by faculty mentors and guest artists from diverse fields.

    • Personalized Approach

      Expand your knowledge and networks in your third semester by completing an internship or by experiencing a different MFA program on the Parsons campus in NYC.

    • Arts Community

      Study and practice in Paris-Romainville, an international centre for the arts, home to prominent Parisian art galleries, exhibition spaces, and artists residences.

    • Parsons Legacy

      Benefit from the interdisciplinary collaboration and visionary approaches that have placed Parsons School of Design at the forefront of fashion and art education.

    • Degree Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
    • Format Full time, on campus
    • Credits 60
    • Duration 2 years
  • Curriculum

    In the core studios of your first year, you are immersed in cutting-edge projects and disruptive experiences led by renowned guest artists and designers. You also explore a broad range of topics and techniques in interdisciplinary seminars that prepare you for the thesis work in your second year.

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  • MFA Fashion Design and the Arts faculty represent a broad range of expertise in the fields of fashion design, visual and performing arts, and other contemporary areas of art and design practice. Long-term projects, workshops and creative seminars involve guest practitioners of various backgrounds and leaders in the creative industries who connect you with professional realities and networks.

  • Career Paths

    Graduates of the program are ready to play a variety of roles within the professional fields of fashion and contemporary arts, including design, visual arts, research practice, styling, and merchandising.

  • Beyond the Classroom

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      Industry Engagement

      Courses, projects, and faculty at Parsons Paris are closely integrated with industry and external partners, enabling you to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to real-world challenges in creative business, nonprofit, government, and technology sectors.

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      Making and Academic Resources

      To facilitate your creative growth and experimentation across all disciplines, Parsons Paris offers access to academic resources such as on-campus making and project facilities, tech and fashion research labs, and The New School’s digital libraries and archives.

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      Research Centers & Labs

      Parsons Paris places research at the center of the learning experience. Faculty and students in our graduate programs collaborate closely, preparing students for real-world teamwork and enabling graduates to respond to current social, political, and economic conditions.

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