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 and train to become innovative and progressive world-class designers. The program is 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 fasion such as Diane von Furstenberg, Swarovski Foundation, Uniqlo and Kering. The MFA Fashion Design & Society program was launched in August 2010. The graduate collections are presented at New York Fashion Week each September supported by IMG Made Fashion.



The two-year, 60-credit program combines intensive studio-based projects with research and exploration. In the tradition of critical social research at The New School, the program helps students develop an understanding of the global, ecological, and business contexts of their work. Supplemental classes 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. The MFA program offers students opportunities to exhibit their work internationally, building relationships with industry leaders and participates in high-profile collaborations. 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 results in employment. In addition, students present their collections on the runway during New York Fashion Week in September, where sponsors are growing in numbers, and have included MADE Fashion Week, WGSN, Cutler, NARS, Redken, and Zoya.