Fashion Marketing and Communication (AAS)

  • Fashion is a global, cultural, and economic force. Guiding it are creative and business professionals who share a passion for beautiful, sustainable, and relevant design. The AAS program in Fashion Marketing and Communication (formerly called Fashion Marketing) is an intensive, flexible program in which you can explore fashion careers and focus on your interests. Taught by working professionals, the curriculum reflects the industry’s evolving trends and demands.

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    An Intensive, Flexible Education

    AAS Fashion Marketing and Communication at Parsons is an intensive, flexible program centering on the fundamentals of communication strategy. You explore the relationship between brand, product, and audience and the role of marketing and communication practices within wider fashion systems. You learn about trend, visual, and consumer research and gain skills in interpreting data to extract insights. You identify and distill social, cultural, and economic trends and attitudes and influence discourse on topics such as gender, race, consumption, and well-being. 

    Paths into Many Fashion Fields

    As a Fashion Marketing and Communication student, you employ an integrated approach to research, design, strategy, and creative thinking. You collaborate with Fashion Design students on competitions and on projects with external partners like Louis Vuitton, HUGO BOSS, Under Armour, ISKO, Byredo, and CARE, researching concepts and strategies involved in bringing innovative solutions, products, and systems to the global stage. Electives on socially and environmentally responsible manufacturing and global practice and courses shared with the AAS Fashion Design program prepare you to think creatively and conscientiously about present-day concerns of the fashion world. Students in this program also benefit from the resources, student networks, and faculty expertise of a university-wide community engaged in management and entrepreneurship.


    The curriculum focuses on the way users interface with brands. Students learn the fundamentals of communication strategy and how to develop a written, visual, and digital narrative. Electives allow you to specialize in an area of fashion communication, and courses shared with the AAS Fashion Design program prepare you to think creatively and conscientiously about the current status of the fashion industry. Internships develop your skills and network, making you a competitive member of the fashion workforce.

    Alumni Work in Fashion in the Following Positions and Firms

    Public Relations Coordinator, Thomas Pink–LVMH
    Account Executive, Givenchy
    Global Marketing Manager, Ralph Lauren     
    Brand Presentation Coordinator, Tommy Hilfiger
    Online Merchandiser, Saks Fifth Avenue
    Associate Production Manager, POLO–Ralph Lauren
    Fashion Editor, U magazine
    Digital Account Executive, Syndicate Media Group
    Wholesale Assistant, Elie Tahari
    Public Relations Assistant, Roger Vivier
    Assistant Buyer, Marc by Marc Jacobs
    Handbag Production Coordinator, Michael Kors
    Brand Assistant, BHLDN–Urban Outfitters
    Associate Planner, Macy’s Inc.
    Production Coordinator, Theory
    Senior Assistant Buyer, Couture, Bergdorf Goodman
    E-commerce Manager, Nicole Miller
    Account Executive, Alexander Wang

  • Curriculum

    The Associate in Applied Science degree is awarded for completion of 60 credits of coursework. Students may transfer undergraduate credits from other programs or institutions. For more information, please contact the Admission Office. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and fulfill all program requirements in a timely manner.

    For a complete listing of courses and course descriptions, visit the university course catalog.

    This curriculum applies to students who enter Parsons in spring 2019 and after. To view degree requirements from prior years, visit the Fall 2018 curriculum page or the Academic Catalogs archive.

    Fashion Marketing and Communication Program with Liberal Arts Transfer Credits

    Semester 1

    PAFC 1100 Core 1 3
    PAFC 1101 Visual Communication Lab 1 3
    PAFC 1000 Fashion Industry Survey 3
    Program Elective

    Semester 2

    PAFC 1200 Core 2 3
    PAFC 1201 Visual Communication Lab 2 3
    PAFC 1500 Futures: Fashion Communication 3
    Program Elective
    Program Elective/Internship

    Semester 3

    PAFC 2000 Professional Practices 3
    PAFC 2100 Core 3: Capstone 3
    PLEN 1021 Critical Reading & Writing 2 3
    Program Elective
    Liberal Arts Transfer Credits                                                                                                                                                                              
    Total Credits 60

    Part-Time Students Admitted in 2019-2020 

    Student Work

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        Career Pathways

        Program alumni work for prestigious fashion firms such as the ones shown below, taking on positions encompassing product line management, merchandising, communications, and more.

        Bloomingdale's, E-Commerce Merchandise Coordinator
        CELINE, Wholesale Coordinator
        Chanel, Assistant Buyer
        Emilio Pucci US, Retail Merchandising Assistant (temporary)
        Emilio Pucci USA, Retail Merchandising Assistant
        Issey Miyake USA Corp, Wholesale Coordinator
        LVMH, Wholesale Assistant
        Maiyet, Marketing Assistant
        Marc Jacobs International, LLC, Digital Marketing Assistant
        Michael Kors (USA), Inc., Visual Merchandising, Communication & Operations Assistant
        Miu Miu, Retail Merchandising/Wholesale Coordinator
        Proenza Schouler, PR Assistant
        Reformation, Assistant Product Manager

        Admission Requirements

        Applicant Profile

        The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree program is most suitable for mature students with some college experience who are clear about their interests in the field of design and prepared for rapid immersion in a professional course of study. The typical student has a bachelor's or an advanced degree and work experience in a field other than design. Admission to the program is based on the prospective student’s maturity, desire to pursue further education, previous accomplishments, and potential for growth. Applicants must have graduated from high school at least two years before to be eligible to apply.

        Application and Financial Aid Deadlines

        Priority Application Deadlines:

        • Fall Term Applicants: April 1
        • Spring Term Applicants: October 15

        We will continue to review applications submitted after the priority deadlines have passed if space is available in the program.

        Financial Aid Deadlines

        • Merit Scholarships:
          All admitted students are considered for merit scholarship awards on the basis of the strength of their applications. 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), which can be found at The FAFSA is available each year on October 1. The New School’s federal school code is 002780. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits per semester to qualify for financial aid. You do not need to wait for an admission decision to apply for federal aid. Submit your FAFSA by our FAFSA priority deadlines, below.

          Fall: February 1
          Spring: November 1

        Application Instructions

        All applicants are required to apply online. Save your work frequently and print a copy for your records. 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.

        Required Application Materials

        1. Application Form: Complete the online application. All applicants are required to apply online.
        2. Application Fee: The application fee is $50 for all applicants. The fee is paid through the online application and is non-refundable.
        3. Official Transcripts:
          First-Year Applicants: First-year applicants must provide an official high school and/or college transcript. If you are currently in school, submit transcripts for all courses taken to date. Applicants who have attended multiple high schools can submit only the graduating school’s official transcript as long as all prior coursework is listed on that transcript.

          Transfer Applicants: Transfer applicants must submit an official high school/secondary school transcript with graduation date or a General Education Diploma (GED). Official transcripts are also required for each college or university you have previously attended.

          Homeschool Applicants: Homeschool applicants must provide the equivalent of a high school transcript with course or subject titles, duration of study for each title, content of study for each title, and an assessment of performance or “grade” at the time of application. Preferably, the courses completed at home are part of a curriculum developed and evaluated by a nationally recognized diploma-granting organization or agency. Review the Additional Information for Homeschool Applicants section below for more information.

          Applicants with High School Equivalency Tests: Send official GED, TASC, and HiSET test score results via the testing agency. Upon review, applicants may be required to submit additional application materials.

          Submitting Transcripts by Mail: Applicants should make arrangements to have their school or college send transcripts directly to The New School at the mailing address for Supplemental Materials. All transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope with a school official’s signature, stamp, or seal. All documents not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English language translation.

          Submitting Electronic Transcripts (U.S./Domestic Institutions only): The New School accepts electronic transcripts only from our approved vendors:
          • National Student Clearinghouse
          • Naviance
          • Parchment Exchange
          • SCOIR
          • SCRIP-SAFE International
          We do not accept electronic transcripts sent directly by a student or school offices. All international academic credentials must be submitted as indicated in the International Academic Credentials sections below.

          International Academic Credentials: All transcripts not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

          International Academic Credentials with Transfer Credits: Applicants who attended postsecondary institutions outside of the United States are required to have their transcript(s) evaluated by World Education Services (WES), Education Credential Evaluators (ECE), or another member of the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). A course-by-course evaluation must be prepared for each transcript.

          Follow all document requirements outlined on the evaluation service providers’ websites. Evaluations completed by WES or ECE will be sent directly to us electronically by the vendor.

          All other NACES provider evaluations should be mailed directly by the vendor to the address for Supplemental Materials. A copy of the transcript that was evaluated should accompany the evaluation in the same sealed envelope, or the official transcript should be sent directly to The New School by the issuing college or university.
        4. Statement of Intent: Please upload a one-page Statement of Intent, describing your reasons for applying to this program and how you will contribute to your chosen field of study. You should include a thoughtful description of your background and your professional goals and an explanation of how this AAS program will help you realize those goals. If you would like to provide a brief explanation to address your prior academic performance or discrepancies in your academic transcript, please feel free to do so.
        5. Creative Assignment: Please upload your creative assignment with your online application. Save and upload your assignment as a JPEG, PDF, or Word document no larger than 2MB. Additionally, applicants may provide a URL to a website where their creative assignment can be viewed.
          • Communication Design: Select an everyday object. Think about how our backgrounds affect the way we look at it. For example, an engineer might want to dismantle it; a scientist might put it under water to see what would happen; a child might use it to stamp a pattern. Pick three ways of reading or using the object — ranging from scientific to experimental — and document them.
          • Fashion Design: Create a collage that defines the lifestyle of the kind of woman or man for whom you would like to design. Use images taken from magazines, and pay attention to color, textures, and other basic elements.
          • Fashion Marketing and Communication: Write a one-page analysis of a fashion marketing campaign you feel has been successful. (500-550-word limit)
          • Interior Design: Present a collage of images illustrating your ideas for the design of a small advertising agency office in an urban townhouse. Your collage should include details (descriptions, images, or both) of the kinds of furniture, the colors, and the materials you would use to execute your ideas.
        6. Test Scores:

          TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, and Duolingo: All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo scores. The minimum score required for TOEFL (IB) is 79, for IELTS is 6.5, for PTE is 53, and for Duolingo is 100. Our TOEFL institution code is 2638.

          The New School does not require TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo scores for applicants who have:

          • Attended a secondary school for a minimum of three years where English is the primary language of instruction. However, students who have taken any English as a Second Language (ESL) courses while in high school, regardless of how long they have been in high school, must submit TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo results.
          • Successfully completed two full semesters of non-ESL college-level expository writing
          • Earned a four-year degree from a U.S. college or university or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (minimum of three years' attendance)

          After reviewing your application, the Office of Admission may require you to submit an English Language Proficiency test score to evaluate your candidacy. We accept scores for tests taken within the past two years. If your scores are older, you must retake the test.

          Applicants also have the option of enrolling in The New School's English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Students must pass Level 5 in order to waive the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement. Visit the ESL website for more information.
        7. Résumé: A brief résumé (CV) listing education, work experience, travel, etc., including dates and positions held, must be submitted online.

        Additional Information and Instructions

        1. Applying to More Than One Program: In any given term, a student may apply to only one department or program within The New School. Applicants who file more than one application in a given semester will be required to withdraw one of the applications, and application fees will not be refunded.
        2. Application Materials: All materials and documents submitted in association with the New School application become the property of The New School and cannot be returned to you or transmitted to a third party.
        3. Application Status: Applications become complete and ready for review once all required items have been received by the Office of Admission. You can check your application status online at the Admission Hub.

          Allow at least 14 days from the date you submitted your application for items to be matched and shown as received on the Hub. Applicants are responsible for following up with schools and recommenders to confirm that items have been sent.

          The Office of Admission will periodically notify applicants by email if their file is missing any documents and again when their file is complete for review. These notifications are sent to the email address provided in the online application.
        4. Interviews: Interviews are not required. Applicants with questions about Parsons or the admission process are encouraged to attend an information session. Please review the Admission Calendar for dates and times.
        5. International University Preparatory Curriculum: The New School welcomes applications from students from all over the world. In order to be competitive for admission, applicants must pursue their country’s university preparatory curriculum. For example:
          • For applicants from an educational system that follows the UK model, we require either completed or predicted A levels from three subjects at the time of application.
          • For applicants from an educational system that follows the Indian curriculum, we require completed or predicted Standard XII (HSC) results at the time of application.
          Students with questions about their curriculum as it relates to admission may email
        6. Homeschool Applicants: We welcome applications from homeschool students. We do not require advanced preparation in every academic area, but applicants should demonstrate substantial work in English, history, social studies, foreign language, mathematics, and science. Review the Official Transcripts information above for transcript requirements. Upon completion of the homeschool curriculum, students must provide proof of high school graduation or an equivalent. We accept official transcripts from a state homeschool association or sponsoring public high school; GED, TASC, or HiSET exam results; individual homeschool transcripts with date of completion; and certificates of completion recognized by local homeschool associations. Upon review, applicants may be required to submit additional application materials.
        7. Readmission: The Application for Readmission should be completed by students who wish to return after an absence of four semesters (fall and spring). If you would like to apply for readmission, review the readmission deadlines and requirements in the Readmission section of our How to Apply information. If you would like to transfer 24 or more semester-based credits, you should apply for admission as a transfer student according to the instructions above.
        8. Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials:
          Parsons School of Design
          Office of Admission (PS 200)
          79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
          New York, NY 10003

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