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Fashion Design, B.F.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #531 (QS) ,
Innovation infuses all aspects of the BFA Fashion Design program from at Parsons Paris, from the study of silhouette to the analysis of systems of production and distribution. Parsons Paris is part of The New School.


Walk the streets of high-fashion designer districts like the Golden Triangle, dig through the famous flea market at Porte de Clignancourt, and visit the prestigious fashion houses, museums, and artisan studios located just steps from your door.

The university's legacy of design education is interwoven with a European sensibility, inspiring a community of designers to envision fresh ways to make beautiful, sustainable, responsible, and relevant fashion in the center of Paris, a capital of fashion and birthplace of haute couture.

Globally Connected

The BFA Fashion Design program from Parsons Paris immerses you in the world of Paris fashion. Addressing the culture, heritage, and tradition of the city along with contemporary and forward-thinking artisans and designers, you enhance your understanding of European craftsmanship, develop your unique design vision, and build a new library of references to apply to your creative practice.

As a student at Parsons Paris, you also have access to the expertise of our faculty, alumni networks, and internship opportunities at the New York campus and around the world. You have the same curriculum as students enrolled at our New York campus and can complete a degree through study in both cities.

A Distinctive Approach To Fashion Design

Your first year at Parsons Paris exposes you to creative tools and methods essential for exploration of art and design. Through studio courses and seminars, you master design fundamentals and develop reading, writing, and critical reasoning skills. In the following year, you go on to develop a holistic approach to fashion design, embracing 2D and 3D processes, while building skills in drawing and digital design. Courses on garment construction techniques emphasize self-reflection and discovery, and courses in business and fashion history provide context and broaden your knowledge of fashion markets. In your senior year, you produce a thesis collection and graduate portfolio demonstrating your personal design philosophy.

Guest lecturers and critics join instructors to challenge you on creative, intellectual, and practical industry matters. You also have the opportunity to develop your own design approach in projects with our industry partners. Parsons graduates leave the program prepared to enter the fashion industry in areas such as fashion, costume, and accessory design as well as marketing, merchandising, and curatorial work.

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 
  • Integrative Seminar 
  • Objects as History
  • Program Elective

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

  • Log on to create an application account. Parsons Paris programs can be chosen in the "Academics" section of the Common Application after you start an application for The New School.
  • Refer to your specific program requirements.
  • Review and fill in the online application and upload required materials for your program. Please be sure that each page includes a title, a page number, and your name.
  • Upload documents in MS Word format, review your application, and print a copy for your records.
  • Complete the process by signing electronically, paying the $50 application fee, and submitting the application.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1640 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1640 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National Applies to you

    1640 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1640 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

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.


The New School maintains an extensive program of scholarships and grants-in-aid based on academic merit and demonstrated financial need. Awards are usually made as part of the admission process. Institutional scholarships may be combined with government supported grants and loans in a single financial aid package. Scholarships and grants are normally applied to tuition costs. They can range from several hundred dollars to full tuition and do not require repayment.

Scholarships may be reduced or canceled if requested applications and verification documents are not received by the stated deadlines. Need-based scholarships do not automatically renew for the same amount in subsequent years. Changes in need calculations, late FAFSA submission, or refusal of a subsidized student loan may result in a modified award.
Undergraduate Students
  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for a financial aid package.
  • International students in the NSPE undergraduate program or a Parsons AAS program must file the Undergraduate International Student Scholarship Applications to be considered for financial aid.
  • There is no separate aid application for other international undergraduates.
All undergraduate students are considered for scholarships based on their academic merit. Availability of institutional merit-based scholarships varies according to academic program. Students who file FAFSA or the Undergraduate International Student Scholarship Application will be considered for institutional scholarships based on merit and demonstrated financial need. U.S. citizens and eligible residents may qualify for U.S. government and New York State fellowships and grants based on merit and financial need.

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