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  • In the MFA in Fashion Design and the Arts at Parsons Paris, launching in fall 2021, you develop sustainable and inclusive approaches to fashion innovation through studio-based projects. This two-year program allows you to explore disruptive methods at the intersection of fashion design, visual arts, performing arts, and the humanities with influential designers and artists in Paris. By challenging traditional forms of understanding, making, and disseminating fashion, you forge your own unconventional path in tomorrow’s creative ecosystems.

    Program Highlights

    • Parisian Perspectives

      Explore French and European fashion and art ecosystems, and practice in an international center for the arts, home to Parisian galleries and artists' residences.

    • 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.

    • Costume Design Option

      Embed your studio projects, internships, and thesis work in a film, live performance, theater, or ballet context if you are interested in a career in costume design.

    • Applicant Profile

      The program welcomes students with a practice-based bachelor's degree in fashion design or related arts fields such as textile design, product design, fine arts, visual arts, or architecture.  

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

    The MFA curriculum is rooted in the interdisciplinary and visionary approaches that have placed Parsons School of Design at the forefront of fashion and art education. In the core studios of your first year, you are immersed in cutting-edge projects led by renowned guest artists and designers. You also explore a broad range of topics and techniques in the professional 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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