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  • Fashion Sustainability

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    Continuing and Professional Education 
    66 West 12th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    Tel: 332.239.2292 
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  • Sustainability is the way of the future for fashion. The sustainability movement offers individuals and organizations an opportunity to reimagine their work to ensure that it has a positive impact on people and the planet. This certificate program takes an open, inclusive, and empowering approach to sustainability, enabling learners—irrespective of experience—to overcome barriers to change and shape their careers in fashion in alignment with their personal and professional values.

    • Format Online
    • Price $3,255
    • Total Courses 4
    • Course Length 6–9 weeks
  • Courses 

    Putting Sustainability into Practice

    In this course, you can use your business, project, or idea as a case study to drive change in the fashion industry.

    New Roles for Fashion Designers

    This course enables you to go beyond the designated role of the fashion designer to forge your own path, connecting the whole system.

    Slow and Regenerative Fashion

    In this course, we consider principles of regenerative agriculture and regenerative economics, permaculture, circular thinking, transition design, systems thinking, localism/relocalization, biomimicry, and slow fashion. The aim is to add a new dimension to fashion, allowing for a reconsideration of our relationship with the earth and its limited resources.

    Sustainable Wardrobe Practices

    This course is designed to elevate the role of fashion in our everyday lives. We explore the question: Can fashion designers formalize and scale systems and services to improve the human-product relationship and ensure user satisfaction, enjoyment, and well-being?

  • “We know that the future of fashion is sustainable, but getting there can seem complex and difficult. This certificate will light and guide your passion for sustainability. It will help you navigate the fascinating terrain of sustainability, so that it becomes actionable, relatable, and relevant to you and your personal and professional values.”

    —Jennifer Whitty, Assistant Professor of Fashion Systems and Materiality

  • Program Highlights

    Who Should Enroll

    • Anyone with an interest in the fashion industry or working in the fashion industry
    • Creative individuals who want to understand how to incorporate sustainability into their own work
    • Professionals from the fashion industry who are seeking to make their systems sustainable

    What You’ll Gain

    • An understanding of the broader sustainability movement and the need for sustainability in fashion
    • A more conscious approach to fashion design, production, use, consumption, and disposal through a commitment to diversity, responsibility, and respect for our natural environment and social justice, through fashion
    • An understanding of material processes, fabric technology, and technical construction methods that reference individual perspectives
    • The opportunity to employ sustainable design strategies across the value chain through a project
    • An understanding of the principles and methods of conscious consumption, to be applied into a given project for sustainability in action
    • The ability to imagine piloting projects and testing ideas in the context of sustainability that can be put into practice in your organization

    How You’ll Learn

    • Engaging video lectures
    • Direct interaction with faculty practitioners at the top of their field
    • Online collaboration and video conferencing 
    • Project-based learning focused on developing real-world skills and portfolio assets
  • Why The New School?

    The professional landscape as we’ve known it has changed dramatically, and ongoing learning is more important now than ever before. At The New School, we champion every student’s creativity and growth. By combining integrated disciplines with collaborative problem solving, we deliver an immersive, transformative learning experience. With the leadership of Parsons School of Design — ranked #1 in the United States* — our faculty imparts the critical expertise students need to advance their careers or pivot to new ones in a constantly evolving world.

    *Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings (2020).

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