• Fashion Communication (Minor)

  • Overview

    The Fashion Communication minor is offered through Parsons School of Design.

    This minor focuses on communication in the fashion industry. Students connect tools and techniques of communication in design to visual branding, fashion trends and forecasting, fashion culture, styling and imaging, digital illustration, surface exploration, e-portfolio, and fashion publishing. This minor is geared toward areas in fashion such as magazines, social media, styling, PR, creative direction, brand development, and brand management.

    The Fashion Communication minor requires successful completion of 18 credits across four subject areas, as outlined in the chart below.

    Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.

    Students who declared this minor before 2020 can reference this chart.


    Subject AreaSample CoursesCredits
    Core ConceptsPSOF 2080 Fashion Visual Theory
    PSOF 2085 Fashion and the Narrative
    PSOF 1230 Design Communication
    Professional Practices PSOF 1121 Fashion Journalism
    PSOF 1180 Fashion Public Relations
    PSOF 1182 Fashion Trend Analysis
    PSOF 1197 Fashion Show Production
    PSOF 1191 Visual Merchandising
    PSOF 2055 Inside Fashion Styling
    Visual Communication DesignNCOM 3200 Introduction to Digital Design
    PSAM 1028 Communication Design Foundations: Interaction
    PSAM 1070 Communication Design Foundations: Typography
    PSAM 1085 Digital Tools for Layout and Imaging
    PSAM 1050 Introduction to Photography
    PSAM 1060 Light and Image
    PSAM 2835 Photo Concepts: Fashion
    PSAM 3040 Communication Design Studio: Signs and Symbols
    PSAM 2033 Systems for Brands
    PSDS 3103 Brand Strategy
    PSOF 1125 Digital Fashion Illustration
    History and Theory Students should choose a course with a PLFS subject code.

    Students in need of introductory art and design skills are strongly encouraged to select one of these course options.

    BBA students only: Please note that you are allowed only one core BBA course to apply to the minor; the rest of the credits must come from your electives.

    Learning Outcomes

    A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate:

    • Strength in their visual communication skills: the ability to articulate concepts within an appropriate and defined design context through a process of selection and editing and through selected projects and applied creative practice
    • Competence in the visual development, communication, and resolution of fashion design concepts using appropriate technical and technological processes in order to develop work through digital and analog methods
    • Competence in developing innovative 2D resolutions in relation to fashion branding and marketing
    • An understanding of fashion history and theory: the ability to choose appropriate visual and theoretical research methods for the resolution of design communication projects


    The Fashion Communication minor is available to undergraduate students across The New School, with the exception of students enrolled in the AAS in Fashion Marketing and Communication. 

    For questions regarding this minor's curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Geoffry Gertz at [email protected].

    How to Declare or Change a Minor

    General guidelines for declaring a minor are available here. Current students can declare or change a minor by logging in to my.newschool.edu, clicking on the Academics tab, and then clicking on the link to Major/Minor Declarations.

  • Take the Next Step

    Contact your Student Success advisor to discuss how a minor will fit with your degree requirements.

    Declare or change a minor on my.newschool.edu in the Academics tab. Note that some minors require an application.

  • Take The Next Step

Submit your application


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