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Fashion Design, B.F.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #561 (QS) ,
The BFA Fashion Design program at The New School immerses you in the thriving world of fashion design in Paris. Because of its exceptional range of historical and contemporary fashion houses and brands, Paris is a unique laboratory for fashion design.


Students take advantage of French traditions of excellence in fashion, while being trained in cutting-edge design methods. Through studio projects, technical and theoretical courses, collaborations with local companies, and internships, you acquire hands-on experience at the crossroads of innovation and craftsmanship.

The BFA Fashion Design program at The New School is offered in both Paris and New York City. Parsons Paris students have access to the faculty expertise and alumni networks of the Parsons campus in New York.

Fashion Design Fundamentals

This four-year program employs concept, experimentation, and research through 2D and 3D processes. You learn to balance making and digital skills with an integrated approach to design. In your second year, you discover the work of influential fashion designers in Paris, exploring the nexus between society, dress, technique, and aesthetic. You also explore Parisian couture crafts as a means of developing cutting-edge research. In your third year, you are fully immersed in the heart of a French design company and introduced to design processes, brand identity, marketing, merchandising, and communication. After investigating the identity of an existing fashion brand, you learn to reimagine its codes, cultivating a personal vision and developing an original design project that reflects your own brand identity.

You also have access to program electives to introduce you to specialized fields such as knitwear design and accessory design.

BFA Thesis Project

In the last year of the BFA Fashion Design, you conduct a research project and design a final collection under the supervision of fashion professionals. Faculty, lecturers, and critics engage with you on creative, intellectual, artistic, and practical levels. Your final thesis provides you with the opportunity to express your design philosophy through the design and production of a collection of garments and accessories that will be presented to international talent managers and specialized press at the end-of-the-year fashion show in Paris.

Professional Relevance for Fashion Design

The curriculum consists of a series of intensive design projects, often related to Paris fashion and luxury companies or cultural organizations. This unique format gives you the opportunity to gain real-world experience in the field. Students are also encouraged to engage in short-term internships, especially during Paris Fashion Weeks, and in longer experiences during the course of their studies.

Future Opportunities

Students graduate with a diverse and complete portfolio that allows them to apply for jobs in the fashion industry. Our graduates are prepared to pursue a variety of careers in the fashion fields, including fashion design, fashion styling, and fashion production.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Integrative Studio
  • Integrative Seminar
  • Sustainable Systems
  • Space/Materiality
  • Drawing/Imaging
  • Time
  • Integrative Studio 

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • Application Form 
  • Application Fee 
  • Official Transcripts 
  • Parsons Challenge
  • Portfolio 
  • Essay 
  • Test Scores 
  • Letter of Recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1700 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1700 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1700 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1700 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Paris

  • 1195 - 1780 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • Merit Scholarships:
All admitted students are considered for merit scholarship awards determined by the strength of their applications. Scholarship awards are included in applicants’ admission decision letters. International students are eligible only for merit scholarships.
  • Federal Student Aid:
If you are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, we encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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