Parsons, The New School For Design (New York City, United States)

Stylist Lori Goldstein with Parsons fashion students at an Amazon event in October 2014. Photo: Brian Ach for Getty

Stylist Lori Goldstein with Parsons fashion students at an Amazon event in October 2014. Photo: Brian Ach for Getty

Programs: Undergraduate: Fashion Design, Strategic Design and Management; Graduate: Fashion Studies, Fashion Design and Society

Annual Tuition:
 
Undergraduate: $42,080

Graduate: $43,170

Famous Grads
: Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Narciso Rodriguez, Alexander Wang, Anna Sui, Jason Wu, Jenna Lyons (J.Crew), Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez (Proenza Schouler), Behnaz Serafpour, Doo Ri Chung, Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock (Vena Cava), Flora Gill and Alexa Adams (Ohne Titel), Prabal Gurung, Chris Benz, Steven Meisel, Thakoon Panichgul, Carmen Marc Valvo

What the Students Say: 
"If you want to get the best out of your education, you need to pick the right professors. Some students only attend to get "A's" and therefore pick easy teachers and learn nothing. Challenge yourself and you'll get the most out of your expensive tuition here."

"What it lacks in the social norms of other colleges, it makes up for with its insurmountable professors, academics, and opportunities. At Parsons, you learn about way more than just how to create clothes. You are given a foundation which allows you to understand and appreciate garments for what they truly are: art."

"Make sure you have a clear objective when applying, it will help you during your time in the program."

"Really like my school. However, I feel a disconnect with the professors. Not very personal."

The Bottom Line: Parsons is a fashion design powerhouse, and the school has turned out tons of marquee talent. Its New York City location is a major draw as well: students are able to not only take internships during the summers, but during semesters, too. Some will even intern with one brand for two or three years. What’s more, the school has partnered with many retailers and corporations (like LVMH) with the aim of getting student work seen and critiqued. No other university in the U.S. has as much accesss

More Info: www.newschool.edu/parsons

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