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Global Fashion School Rankings 2017

Parsons School of Design

New York, United States

Parsons School of Design is perhaps the best known fashion school in the United States, offering a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Due largely to the 2017 rankings' greater emphasis on students' employability post graduation, the school climbed three spots year-over-year to second place in the BA rankings. The school continues to expand its curriculum, and is structured in a way that enables students to include minor degrees in order to promote cross-education throughout the university. The school's technology focus and campus facilities were rated highly by students, however it received only 33 percent and 42 percent satisfaction rates for the business and marketing courses respectively. The availability of financial support also scored poorly, with 45 percent of students satisfied. The school has recently completed construction of a multi-disciplinary 'Making Centre' designed with the most advanced, sustainable practices in digital technology and physical craft. That investment, along with Parsons' international expansion, currently limited to a second campus in Paris, suggests its global prestige will continue.

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Undergraduate, Fashion Ranking 2017

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Courses Offered

BFA Fashion Design; BBA Strategic Design & Management; BFA Product Design - Accessories; BFA Photography

Student & Alumni Comments

"My experience at Parsons is amazing. I feel ahead of the game and ready for the industry when I graduate in 2018. I feel that Parsons gives me a strong competitive edge in job markets with strong connections to alumni. I feel the curriculum is rigorous; you get exactly what you put into it."


"Parsons is unparalleled in its ability to produce the highest quality students. We have access to the top fashion brands and are exposed to industry influencers from day one of our degree. It's tough and demanding, but for those who want to thrive in this industry, this is the place. "


"The school really pushes for innovation and collaboration, and it's clear that you are surrounded by the future game-changers of fashion industry, not followers. With such a diverse group of teachers, students and courses, it was more important than ever to be open-minded and to find my own way."


"Parsons is very cutting edge when it comes to design innovation- the new curriculum aims to teach you to design for the bigger picture and encourages you to create new solutions and systems. Parsons students will be the ones to make the greatest change within the world of fashion."


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The Business of Fashion's global fashion school rankings aim to provide an objective assessment of the top undergraduate and graduate fashion programmes around the world.

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