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Fashion Design (Professional Associate's Degree)

The New School
Program overview
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Associate's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
New York City
January 2021

New York City
September 2021

New York City
January 2022

New York City
September 2022

Program description

Fashion Design (Professional Associate's Degree)

The Associate’s in Applied Science (AAS) degrees at Parsons are intensive programs designed for students who have some college experience and want to launch a new career in fashion and design. Our students enter the school as experienced attorneys, teachers, musicians, sales associates, and chefs. When they graduate from Parsons, they are fashion designers versed in the language, process, and technology of their new field.

As you consider a career shift into fashion design, you’re probably aware that Parsons has launched the careers of many of the world’s most successful fashion designers. But the accomplishments of Parsons’ AAS Fashion Design graduates go beyond the boldface names. Program alumni are equally impressive for their contributions to the industry at all scales—from leading innovation in sustainable fashion technology to developing local businesses to building brands globally.

Working with Leaders, Launching Your Line

AAS Fashion Design graduates apply the industry-focused perspectives they acquire in the program to positions with a variety of fashion companies. Graduates have joined the best-respected companies in the business: Chanel, Theory, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Eileen Fisher, Ralph Lauren, and GAP, to name a few. Other alumni—such as Jay Godfrey and Aimee Kestenberg—start their own lines right out of the gate. The program’s reputation for quality, industry relevance, originality, and comprehensiveness opens doors throughout the fashion industry.

Admission requirements

For admission requirements and application guidelines please request information or visit The New School's website. 

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Program content

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.

Depending on the number of transfer credits you bring to your AAS program, you can complete your studies in two to four semesters. Most students finish the program in about three semesters.

Tuition fees

Fill in the 'request information' form to contact the university and receive current tuition costs. 

Scholarships & funding

Merit-based partial scholarships are available. Please visit our program webpage to learn more!


Upon completion of this program, graduates will be awarded a professional Associate’s in Applied Science in Fashion Design. 

Continuing studies

Fashion Design, Styling, Merchandising, marketing-communications, Public Relations


About this institute

The New School

Study in one of the greatest cities in the world, NYC

Founded in 1919 and located in Greenwich Village, The New School is a comprehensive university in New York City. The university is a place for creative scholars, artists, and designers to interact with a massively diverse community, discuss ideas, and...

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Contact info

The New School

66 West 12th Street
NY 10011 New York
United States of America

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