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Located in the heart of NYC, Parsons The New School for Design is one of the most prestigious and comprehensive institutions of art and design in the world. Since its founding in 1896, Parsons has been a pioneer in design education. It has produced five generations of graduates, who are some of the most highly recognized individuals in their fields.

Notable fashion designers who studied at Parsons include Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Anna Sui, Prabal Gurung, Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler, Peter Som, Vena Cava, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu and many others.


How Can I Get Accepted?
You’ll need a wide range of materials to get into this competitive New York City design school:
1. A completed online application form.
2. A $50 application fee.
3. An official high school or college transcript.
4. SAT or ACT results.
5. A completed Parsons Challenge exercise.
6. Portfolio submission with 8-12 pieces of work (drawings, photos, paintings, digital media or three-dimensional work): submitted online using SlideRoom or by CD/DVD through the mail.

How Many Students Get In?
Parsons enrolls nearly 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students, with 2,000 additional students taking single courses. The average class size for all programs is just 15 students. About 32 percent of their students are international.

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When Do I Apply?
For Fall Admission, you may apply early by November 1st to hear of your possible acceptance by December. The regular decision deadline is February 1st to receive a decision letter by April 1st. If you’re transferring, you must apply by April 1st to hear back by May 1st. For Spring Admission, apply by November 1st for early decision. International students are encouraged to apply by October 1st.

What Programs Are Offered?
Undergraduate degree programs include:
– Design and Management
– Design and Technology
– Environmental Studies
– Photography

How Much Does It Cost?
Parsons tuition is currently $18,400 for the AAS, BBA and BFA programs, which includes 12-19 credits. The graduate program costs $18,875. Factor in another $920 to $2,050 per year for the cost of art supplies.

Why Parsons?
Who wouldn’t want to study at the institution that produced designers like Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford and Donna Karan? Parsons The New School for Design is among New York’s most established fashion design schools and offers a collaborative Fusion Fashion Show each year along with the Fashion Institute of Technology to showcase student works. Audience members for this show include Tim Gunn, Betsey Johnson and media outlets like Seventeen and CBS News. Through their wide range of publications, students receive excellent exposure to the arts community as a whole.

Fashion School Parsons New York
Fashion School Parsons New York
Fashion School Parsons New York


  1. Mingas19/03/2011

    Hi there, great article! And you’re right, everyone dreams of going to Parsons!!
    I’m a 25 years old Mozambican young woman, and I would love to get a scholarship to study there! Do you think I would have a chance? How could I apply for scholarship there?

    Many thanks, i hope to hear form you!!!

  2. tobias19/03/2011

    Hey Mingas,

    have you looked through their website? I found this page about scholarships etc., hope there is some info there that helps:
    All I know is your application must be exceptionally good, and that you have a chance if you’re really talented! Good luck and keep us updated on your plans!

  3. kat03/02/2014

    i am applying for aas fashion design at parson for the fall admission and my documents will be received by parson by march 20th .do you think i will clear the admission .