The TOP 20 Fashion Design Schools

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fashion design school2. The New School – Parsons School of Design, New York, New York (top 2% of schools considered)

The New School was founded in New York City in 1919 in the heart of Greenwich Village. The School houses five colleges including Parsons School of Design, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, College of Performing Arts, Schools of Public Engagement, and The New School for Research. The New School is home to more than 10,000 degree-seeking students enrolled in 138-plus degree, diploma programs, and majors, and more than 50 minors.

Options for aspiring fashion designers include AAS and BFA degrees in Fashion Design, an AAS in Fashion Marketing, a BFA Integrated Studies, an MA in Fashion Studies and an MFA in Fashion Design and Society. AAS students study Accessories Design, Drawing, Fashion, Materials and Fabrication, Sustainable Design, and Textiles. BFA students will also study Accessories Design, Drawing, Fashion, and Sustainable Design as well as Fashion History, Theory, and Criticism; Materials and Fabrication, and Textiles. BFA Fashion students also have the opportunity to complete the program at Parsons Paris.

BFA in Integrated Studies students can study everything from Fashion and Textiles to Urban Design. MA in Fashion Studies students can study everything from Branding, Fashion and Textiles to Materials and Fabrication. The MFA in Fashion Design and Society highlights Fashion, Fashion History, Materials and Fabrication, Physical Computing/Wearable Technology, Sustainable Design, Textiles, Design Research, and more. All programs offer the opportunity to study at Parsons Paris, participation in the Annual Fashion Show, and the opportunity to work with 560—the Parsons School of Design magazine.

Notable program alumni include Anna Sui, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Isaac Mizrahi, Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Narciso Rodriguez, and many others.

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