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  • Fashion Communication (Minor)

  • Overview

    The Fashion Communication minor is offered through Parsons School of Design.

    This minor focuses on communication in the fashion industry. Students connect tools and techniques of communication in design to visual branding, fashion trends and forecasting, fashion culture, styling and imaging, digital illustration, surface exploration, e-portfolio, and fashion publishing. This minor is geared toward areas in fashion such as magazines, social media, styling, PR, creative direction, brand development, and brand management.

    The Fashion Communication minor requires successful completion of 18 credits across four subject areas, as outlined in the chart below.

    Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.

    Curriculum

    Subject AreaSample CoursesCredits
    Core ConceptsPSOF 2080 Fashion Visual Theory
    PUFD 3210 Fashion and the Narrative
    PUFD 3200 Design Communication
    3
    Professional Practices PSOF 1121 Fashion Journalism
    PSOF 1180 Fashion Public Relations
    PSOF 1182 Fashion Trend Analysis
    PSOF 1197 Fashion Show Production
    PSOF 1191 Visual Merchandising
    6
    Visual Communication DesignNCOM 3200 Intro to Digital Design
    PSAM 1028 Communication Design Foundations: Interaction
    PSAM 1070 Communication Design Foundations: Typography
    PSAM 1085 Digital Tools for Layout and Imaging
    PSAM 2033 Brand Concepts
    PSAM 2835 Photo Concepts: Fashion
    PSAM 3040 Communication Design Studio: Signs and Symbols
    PSAM 3059 Brand Experience Design
    PSAM 3075 Promotion Design
    6
    History and Theory Students should choose a course with a PLFS subject code
    3

    *Students in need of introductory art/design skills are strongly encouraged to select one of these course options.

    Learning Outcomes

    A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate

    • Strength in his or her visual communication skills: the ability to articulate concepts within an appropriate and defined design context through a process of selection and editing and through selected projects and applied creative practice
    • Competence in the visual development, communication, and resolution of fashion design concepts using appropriate technical and technological processes in order to develop work through digital and analog methods
    • Competence in developing innovative 2D resolutions in relation to fashion branding and marketing
    • An understanding of fashion history and theory: the ability to choose appropriate visual and theoretical research methods for the resolution of design communication projects

    Eligibility

    The Fashion Communication minor is available to undergraduate students across The New School, with the exception of students enrolled in the AAS in Fashion Marketing and Communication. This minor requires an application for admission. 

    For questions regarding this minor's curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Emily Huggard at huggarde@newschool.edu.

    How to Declare, Change, or Apply to a Minor

    General guidelines for declaring a minor are available here. Current students can declare or change a minor by logging in to my.newschool.edu, clicking on the Academics tab, and then clicking on the link to Major/Minor Declarations.

    An application is required for admission to this minor. Access the application form by logging in to my.newschool.edu, clicking on the Academics tab, and then clicking on the link to Major/Minor Declarations.

    To start a minor in the fall, submit your application by March 1. Notification of decision on minor applications happens by April 1.

    To start a minor in the spring, submit your application by October 1. Notification of decision on minor applications happens by November 1 (December 15 for Post-Genre Music).


  • Take the Next Step

    Contact your Student Success advisor to discuss how a minor will fit with your degree requirements.

    Declare or change a minor on my.newschool.edu in the Academics tab. Note that some minors require an application.

  • Take The Next Step

Submit your application

Undergraduates

To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

Graduates

To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

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