• Brendan McCarthy

    Program Director, BFA Fashion Design: Systems and Materiality, Asst. Professor of Fashion


    Brendan has been teaching at Parsons since 2012, most recently in the MFA Fashion Design and Society, the BFA Fashion and the First-Year programs. Brendan has an interdisciplinary academic and professional practice that combines his expertise in conceptual art, performance, installation, filmmaking and quantitative analytical methods with fashion design systems. His current research and pedagogy focus on ways that fashion can address critical social issues facing specific communities by employing user-centric design and conceptual art strategies in combination with ethical and sustainable sourcing and production systems. Brendan has a BA in mathematics from Columbia University and an MFA in Fine Art from Parsons. He also studied architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Prior to his transition to art and design, Brendan worked in finance for Morgan Stanley as a research analyst. His professional practice is deeply intertwined with his teaching practice and echoes the interdisciplinarity of his academic training. Honors for Brendan include winning the BrotherWin Gobi Desert International Art and Design Competition, as well as Mildred’s Lane and The Wassaic Project artist residency fellowships.


    Current Courses:

    Professional Internship

    Thesis 1

    Thesis 1 (Fall 2018)

    Thesis 2