The MFA Fashion Design and Society at Parsons School of Design is the first graduate program of its kind in the United States, with a unique interdisciplinary and international approach to fashion. Each year, a small group of students join this academy for advanced studies in fashion design, training to become innovative and progressive world-class designers. The program has an acceptance rate of approximately 10% per year making it a high level program to access based on talent. Initiated by Parsons alumna Donna Karan, the program has received support from major names in fashion such as Diane von Furstenberg, Swarovski, Uniqlo, and Kering. The MFA Fashion Design and Society program was launched in August of 2010, with May 2017 seeing its sixth graduating year. The graduate collections are presented at New York Fashion Week each September supported by MADE Fashion.



The two-year, 60-credit program combines intensive studio-based projects with research and exploration, which fosters experimentation, providing students with the design and research skills they need to become successful in the field, including a critical awareness for self-development and growth. The program helps students develop an understanding of the global, ecological, and business contexts of their work. Supplemental courses in filmmaking, presentation, and photography broaden students’ visual design vocabulary and communication skills, preparing them for success in collaborative professional settings, as well as an understanding of how to present and position their work within the market. At the end of their second year, students present their graduation collections to industry insiders, headhunters, select press, stylists, and buyers within an exhibition format, which has resulted in employment. In addition, students present their collections on the runway during New York Fashion Week in September with support from MADE Fashion.