Associate's Degrees for Professionals

  • Design Degrees for Career Changers

    Parsons' Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees are intensive programs designed for students who have some college experience and want to launch a new career in design or fashion. Our students enter the school with a variety of backgrounds — experienced attorneys, teachers, musicians, sales associates, chefs. They graduate from Parsons as merchandisers, fashion designers, graphic artists, and interior designers versed in the vocabulary, practices, and technology of their new fields.

    Parsons offers AAS degrees in four areas of study:

    Flexible Learning

    Students can complete their degree in two to four semesters of full-time study, depending on the number of transfer credits they bring to their program. The program also allows for part-time study, with classes held in the evening, and many electives and liberal arts courses are offered online. 

    Real-World Experience

    Challenging, rigorous coursework defines Parsons' AAS programs. Courses and sequences are intense and immersive, and we encourage students to round out their training with internships at one of the many design-driven companies based in New York City. Access to job fairs and one-on-one career advising sessions give you a competitive edge upon graduation.

    "People will tell you you're crazy..." Listen to AAS alumni discuss their career-changing experience at Parsons.