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  • The Associate in Applied Science degree is awarded for completion of 60 credits of coursework. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and fulfill all program requirements in a timely manner. 

    Students may transfer undergraduate credits from other programs or institutions. Depending on the number of transfer credits you bring to your AAS program, you can complete your studies in three to four semesters. For more information, please contact the Admission Office. 

    Core classes focus on research, fashion history, design thinking, and construction techniques relevant to work in the industry. Other courses offer you visual communications tools and familiarize you with industry software for ideating fashion collections, creating presentations, and documenting work for portfolios. Electives give you opportunities to specialize in accessories, tailoring, textiles, or knitwear. 

    As a New School student, you also have the opportunity to take electives in related fields like psychology, communication design, and fashion marketing and communication to develop the range of skills required in the future workplace. 

    For a complete listing of courses and course descriptions, visit the university course catalog.

    The curriculum below applies to students who enter Parsons in spring 2019 and after. To view degree requirements from prior years, visit the Academic Catalogs archive

    Class Scheduling 

    Classes are generally scheduled throughout the day Monday through Friday, with occasional evening sessions. Depending on class schedules, which can vary by semester, students may be required to take courses that are offered only at limited times.

  • Semester 1
    PAFD 1100 Core 1 3
    PAFD 1110 Technical Studio 3
    PAFD 1000 Design Communication 3
    PAFD 1010 Textiles & Materials 3
    3
    Subtotal 15
    Semester 2
    PAFD 1200 Core 2 3
    PLEN 1020 Critical Reading & Writing 1 3
    3
    6
    Subtotal 15
    Semester 3
    PAFD 1500 Specialized Studio 3
    PAFD 1510 Industry Communication 3
    PLEN 1021 Critical Reading & Writing 2 3
    3
    3
    Subtotal 15
    Semester 4
    PAFD 2100 Core 3: Capstone 3
    PAFD 2000 Professional Practices & Portfolio 3
    3
    6
    Subtotal 15
    Total Credits
    60

  • For Students Admitted 2020-2021 with Relevant Liberal Arts Transfer Credit

    AAS Fashion Design Students are eligible for a maximum of 30 transfer credits, 21 of which are Liberal Arts credits. More details can be found on the transfer page.

    Semester 1
    PAFD 1100 Core 1 3
    PAFD 1110 Technical Studio 3
    PAFD 1000 Design Communication 3
    PAFD 1010 Textiles & Materials 3
    3
    Subtotal 15
    Semester 2
    PAFD 1200 Core 2 3
    PAFD 1500 Specialized Studio 3
    PAFD 1510 Industry Communication 3
    3
    3
    Subtotal 15
    Semester 3
    PAFD 2100 Core 3: Capstone 3
    PAFD 2000 Professional Practices & Portfolio 3
    6
    Subtotal 12
    Liberal Arts Transfer 18
    Total Credits
    60

  • For Students Admitted 2020-2021 Attending Part-Time

    Semester 1
    PAFD 1100 Core 1 3
    PAFD 1000 Design Communication 3
    PLEN 1020 Critical Reading & Writing 1 3
    Subtotal 9
    Semester 2
    PAFD 1110 Technical Studio 3
    PAFD 1010 Textiles & Materials 3
    3
    Subtotal 9
    Semester 3
    PAFD 1200 Core 2 3
    PLEN 1021 Critical Reading & Writing 2 3
    3
    Subtotal 9
    Semester 4
    PAFD 1500 Specialized Studio 3
    PAFD 1510 Industry Communication 3
    3
    Subtotal 9
    Semester 5
    PAFD 2100 Core 3: Capstone 3
    PAFD 2000 Professional Practices & Portfolio 3
    3
    Subtotal 9
    Semester 6
    3
    3
    3
    Subtotal 9
    Semester 7
    3
    3
    Subtotal 6
    Total Credits
    60

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