The BFA Fashion Design program 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is awarded for completion of 120 credits as designated by the program. A maximum of 60 credits may be transferred from another institution. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA and fulfill all requirements in
a timely manner.
To view degree requirements from prior years, visit the Academic Catalogs archive.
All undergraduate Parsons Paris applicants are required to apply online using the
Common Application. You must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission.
Any additional supporting documents that need to be sent by mail must include an
Application Materials Cover Sheet. All supporting materials must be received before your application can be reviewed.
See below for additional information regarding submission of transcripts and recommendations.
Some of your required materials will be submitted through SlideRoom:
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