2019 Parsons AAS Viewbook

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Parsons School of Design—recently named the Best

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TODAY CREATIVITY IS TRANSFORMING EVERYTHING. FIND YOUR VOICE, YOUR community, YOUR PATH TO CHANGE AT PARSONS. School for Art and Design in the United States and ranked third in the world1—has offered innovative approaches to education since its founding in 1896. Today we’re the only major American art and design school within a comprehensive university, The New School, which also houses a rigorous liberal arts college, a progressive performing arts school, a legendary graduate school, and other programs. Here you can master established creative practices or advance emerging ones on a campus that immerses you in an environment of interdisciplinary inquiry. Surrounded by fresh perspectives and the university’s extensive resources, you research and create in broader, deeper, and more forward-looking ways. And guided by Parsons faculty, you produce work that addresses human needs and responds to the call for innovation and change. Through creative and critical thought and action, you work to improve the world by design. By Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings (2018), a London-based global provider of specialist higher education and career information. Ranking based on feedback from both academic peers and employers.




Your Future, in Focus Pursue the career you want—in communication design, fashion design, fashion marketing and communication, or interior design—with an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree from Parsons School of Design in New York City. It takes commitment and hard work, but you leave the program prepared for a new professional life, with the skills, perspectives, and relationships you need to thrive in and lead global creative industries. Whether you’re coming to Parsons’ AAS program as an attorney, dancer, banker, healthcare worker, or chef, you are passionate about entering a creative industry. You’re joining the AAS community to learn alongside experienced professionals establishing new careers at a world-class art and design university in a cultural capital. While acquiring the skills you need to become a merchandiser, graphic artist, fashion designer, interior designer, trend forecaster, or design PR officer or consultant, you’ll discover that many of the talents and abilities you developed in other fields complement your studies. The AAS educational approach builds on this expertise, making you sought after for your marketable combination of academic achievement and

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professional experience. As you embark on a new path, you’ll see your professional future coming into focus.

An Intensive, Flexible Curriculum Parsons’ AAS degrees are intensive programs designed for mature students who want to pursue a new career. AAS students benefit from the same resources as bachelor’s and master’s students enrolled throughout The New School. Applicants are required to have college experience or a minimum of two years of professional experience. Most AAS students have bachelor’s or advanced degrees, but even if you have no transferable credits, you can earn an AAS degree in two years. (If you are a current or recently graduated high school student, consider our bachelor’s degree programs.) The program offers the option of part-time study to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. In addition, many classes are offered in the evening, and electives across the university are offered both on-site and online. Most students with eligible transfer credits finish the program in about three semesters of full-time study. For complete curriculum and course information, visit newschool.edu/aas. Parsons offers a variety of bachelor’s and master’s degrees in addition to its AAS programs. If you have questions or want to discuss options based on your interests and goals, email us: thinkparsonsAAS@newschool.edu.


Parsons’ faculty of leading design professionals anchor your studies. Instructors apply current theory and practice in the studio and to projects

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World-Renowned Instructors you undertake with design firms. Virtually all faculty members work in the fields they teach, so you gain inside perspectives on concepts and developments shaping creative industries, including ethical and sustainable practices and global networks. The faculty also connect you to industry professionals and advise on internships and other learning opportunities. newschool.edu/parsons-faculty

Schools Structured for Learning Programs at Parsons are grouped into five schools—the School of Art and Design History and Theory; School of Art, Media, and Technology (which includes the AAS Communication Design program); School of Constructed Environments (which includes AAS Interior Design); School of Design Strategies; and School of Fashion (which includes AAS Fashion Design and AAS Fashion Marketing and Communication). This organizational structure supports Parsons’ educational mission, and its interdisciplinary approach


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builds community among students and faculty in related disciplines.


Recent AAS Internship Placements

Career Services AAS academic and career advisors assist you in applying


for professional internships that offer rich opportunities


to network—an important aspect of working in creative

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fields. The New School’s Student Success staff cultivate


relationships with individuals and firms working in design

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and invite design professionals and program alumni to

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programs are best suited to students with college experience who are clear about their interests in the field of design and prepared for rapid immersion in a professional course of study. Our students enter the school as experienced attorneys, bankers, teachers, stockbrokers, and chefs. When they graduate from Parsons, they are merchandisers, fashion designers, graphic artists, and interior designers versed in the language, process, and technology of their new fields.

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Communication Design

Communication DESIGN Communication design has never been more relevant. If you want to become a creative professional guiding the visual, graphic, or interaction design industry, Parsons’ AAS Communication Design program (formerly AAS Graphic Design) offers you a community in which to develop the conceptual foundation and skills you need. Leading the program are accomplished designers whose professional experience and networks help you enter and thrive in this growing industry. Coursework That Develops Your Visual Language In this intensive program, you explore communication design in relation to society and culture, using transdisciplinary and analytical methods to address design challenges. The first-semester curriculum builds on

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your life experience and academic ability, providing a rigorous survey of the basics and teaching you to evaluate the implications of your aesthetic decisions. You develop a critical understanding of typography as a reflection of content and context and learn to use type and visual forms to communicate strategically and effectively. In coursework focused on interaction design, you investigate the structure and behavior of interactive systems. This study enables you to design products and services that meet human needs—from computers and mobile devices to appliances and beyond. In the course of the program, you progress to advanced topics including editorial design, branding, advertising design, and digital product design. You learn to work with diverse media platforms as you explore user experience design, publication design, motion design, and printmaking. As a New School student, you also have the opportunity to take electives in related fields like psychology, philosophy, and fashion design, in which you can apply your communication design skills.



LEFT: Jim Kamoosi ’12, Color Theory (Isamu), silkscreen poster MIDDLE: Megumi Morihiro ’15, Color Theory (Live In Color), poster series BOTTOM: Megumi Morihiro ’15, Color Theory (Live In Color), poster (detail)

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Award-Winning Students and Alumni Assignments that mirror real-world communication design challenges allow you to develop your professional and collaborative skills and add published work to your portfolio. Faculty help you submit work to professional competitions that open doors to the industry. Notable AAS alumni include Alex Chung, founder of GIPHY; Jennica Bocchino, art director at the New York Times’ T Brand Studio; and Sanchi Oberoi, winner of the 2018 American Graphic Design Award, presented by Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) magazine. Flexible Study Options The AAS Communication Design program attracts students from a variety of backgrounds, who study full-time or part-time at our Greenwich Village campus. The program is designed to be completed in four semesters of full-time study, but students who bring transfer credits may complete the program faster; most students finish the program in three semesters. The program schedule allows you to undertake internships, in which you apply your learning and engage with industry professionals as you prepare to join the creative workforce.

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TOP: Urara Ito ’15, CeoMetrY, typeface design MIDDLE LEFT: Kento Matsuraba ’15, Anamorphosis, book MIDDLE RIGHT: Neha Kavan ’14, 11.18.14, series of books BOTTOM: Work done for Alex White’s Advanced Typography class, on view at the Parsons Festival

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Graphic Designer, Illustrator, and Art Director Ed Nacional Design Ed Nacional began working in communication design for the oil industry in Alberta, Canada, applying digital design skills he acquired there. At Parsons, he developed the conceptual foundations that have allowed him to flourish as an illustrator, identity designer, and art director. Says Nacional, “The city and the Parsons community offered daily inspiration, pushing me to establish my creative voice.” After a stint artdirecting editorial illustration at the New York Times, Nacional went out on his own. His witty, sophisticated illustrations appear in publications like TIME, the Washington Post, Newsweek, and the New Yorker. Now

Parsons Associate’s Degree Programs TOP: Bic & Staedtler, a typographic experiment inspired by a highlighter pen and a sharp pencil MIDDLE: Illustration for ESPN The Magazine BOTTOM: Typographic illustration for the On Language section of the New York Times Magazine

based in Brooklyn, Nacional brings his striking aesthetic to designs for clients such as MTV, SkillShare, J.Crew/ Madewell, Herb Lester Associates, and Friends of Type and works on his own projects. 1

The program was then called AAS Graphic Design.


TOP: Publication design for Visionaire 52: Private

Janice Yu Veksler Communication Design1

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VP of Digital Creative Esteé Lauder After earning a BA in modern European history at Barnard College, Janice Yu Veksler discovered an interest in communication design while assisting the art editor at the New Yorker. After four years at the magazine, Veksler decided to get a formal education in communication design at Parsons. She began her design career as the art director of zingmagazine and went on to serve as a senior designer at Visionaire, art director at Teen Vogue, and Web art director at Kate Spade. Veksler is currently vice president of digital creative at Esteé Lauder. “My experience in the AAS program was invaluable; I built a strong portfolio, essential to getting my first job. Without AAS, I would not be


The program was then called AAS Graphic Design.


where I am now,” says Veksler.

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Molly Crickman Communication Design1 ’12

Freelance Graphic Designer Distillery Marketing + Design As an undergraduate studying English literature and creative writing at the University of Wisconsin– Madison, Molly Crickman explored communication design while working on university publications. After graduating in 2009, Crickman decided to pursue her interest in communication design in Parsons’ AAS program. “Parsons pushed me to work hard, explore New York City’s resources, and connect with working designers. An internship at the American Museum of Natural History that AAS faculty recommended me for led to my current job,” she explains. Crickman quickly made her mark in New York’s design world: TOP: Exhibition panel for Beyond Planet Earth, American Museum of Natural History © AMNH/R. Mickens BOTTOM: Directional signage for Beyond Planet Earth, American Museum of Natural History © AMNH

Her identity work for music venues, restaurants, and museums can be seen throughout the city. She has designed exhibitions for the museum and also worked as an exhibition designer at Christie’s. Today she is a designer at Distillery Marketing + Design, a multiplatform design firm serving an array of clients around the country from its Madison, Wisconsin, headquarters.



The program was then called AAS Graphic Design.

Jason Booher Communication Design1 ’05

Art Director Blue Rider Press/Penguin Random House Born in Germany, Jason Booher graduated from Princeton with a BA in English and a teaching certificate. But teaching wasn’t the right career for him, he discovered. After stumbling upon some design journals, Booher realized he could pursue his interest in storytelling, drawing, and problem solving as a communication designer. He entered the AAS program with little knowledge of type or composition but now creates award-winning dynamic and innovative book covers for Knopf and teaches at Parsons. He is currently art director at Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Books. Booher’s work is featured in Slate magazine, the New Yorker, It’s Nice That, and the blogs of the Type Directors Club and other organizations. Of his time at Parsons, Booher says, “Incredible instructors and peers gave me an intense grounding in design principles. The program guided me into a new world without coddling me.” The program was then called AAS Graphic Design.

LEFT: Cover design for 36 Arguments for the Existence of God by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein MIDDLE: Cover design for The Art of Immersion by Frank Rose RIGHT: Cover design for Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway



Fashion Design

Fashion Design As you consider a career shift into fashion design, you’re probably aware that Parsons has launched the careers of many of the world’s most successful fashion designers. But the accomplishments of Parsons AAS Fashion Design graduates go beyond the boldface names. Program alumni are equally impressive for their contributions to the industry at all scales—from leading innovation in sustainable fashion technology to working in international design studios, developing local businesses, and building brands globally. Working with Leaders, Developing Your Designs AAS Fashion Design graduates apply the industry-focused perspectives they acquire in the program to positions with a variety of fashion companies. Graduates have joined the most respected companies in the business: Chanel, Theory, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, EILEEN FISHER, Ralph Lauren, and GAP, to name a few. Some AAS alumni—such as Jay

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Godfrey and Aimee Kestenberg—start their own lines right out of the gate. The program’s reputation for quality, industry relevance, originality, and comprehensiveness opens doors throughout the fashion industry. Refining Your Vision The program provides opportunities to have your final body of work showcased and photographed, giving you documentary portfolio material. Your work is promoted on a variety of platforms, and selected work is presented during the annual Parsons Festival. Your design practice is developed under the guidance of Parsons’ faculty of fashion professionals and reflects an awareness of the industry’s social, historical, and economic dimensions.



TOP: Xianyang Zhang ’18, Research_Tech+Fashion+Design MIDDLE: Jingwen Ling ’18, yarn project BOTTOM: This series of process sketches, by Katrina Larida ’18, highlights design details of a garment of transparent fabric that is folded and draped into an elegant silhouette.

TOP LEFT: Fangyu Liu ’17, Tangled Flow TOP RIGHT: Wen Ting Hsu ’18 BOTTOM LEFT: Mohan Shen ’18, Map: Liverpool TOP LEFT: Pilar Fernandez Santos ’18, Tears of Joy


In the program, you study the process, techniques,


production, along with the essentials of presenting your work and designing with ethical and sustainable methods. You design womenswear, menswear, and accessories, learning everything from the basics of drawing, draping, patternmaking, and sewing to tailoring and haute couture. You benefit from state-of-the-art tools found throughout the Making Center network. At the center of the curriculum is the School of Fashion Lab Series, which includes weekly public talks given by an array of prominent professionals, such as Narciso Rodriguez, Jenna Lyons, and journalist Cathy Horyn, who share their perspectives on campus with students. Projects with external partners like COACH, Louis Vuitton, Under Armour, Swarovski, Allen Edmonds, and the Council of Fashion Designers of America provide you with opportunities to work with major industry and media firms while developing your own creative practice. Curriculum Core classes focus on research, fashion history, design thinking, and construction techniques relevant to work in the industry. Other courses offer you visual communications tools and familiarize you with industry software for ideating fashion collections, creating presentations, and documenting work for

Senior Menswear Design Consultant Tommy Hilfiger Senior Sweater Designer Theory/Theyskens’ Theory Accessories Designer Proenza Schouler Senior Swimwear Designer Victoria’s Secret Designer Michael Kors Senior Designer, Women’s Sportswear True Religion Brand Jeans Manager, Color and Concept Department A|X Armani Exchange Associate Designer Yigal Azrouël, Inc. Associate Designer and Line Coordinator Nicole Miller

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and language of fashion design from concept through

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portfolios. Electives give you opportunities to specialize in accessories, tailoring, textiles, or knitwear. You can complete your degree in two to four semesters of full-time study, depending on the number of transfer credits you bring to the AAS program. Most students


finish the program in about three semesters.

Vivienne Hu Fashion Design


Founder and Fashion Designer Vivienne Hu, LLC After earning a finance degree in Germany, Vivienne Hu worked in investment banking in New York. There she witnessed how corporate settings restrict fashion choices and saw the need for workwear enabling women to express themselves in professional environments. To turn her insight into opportunity, she pursued a Fashion Design degree at Parsons. “I was in the finance field, yet my passion was for fashion,” Hu says. “Parsons gave me the knowledge and connections that made me who I am today.” Upon graduating, she worked at Oscar de la Renta and Yigal Azrouël and then established her own brand, which she debuted with a collection within a year. Hu opened a SoHo flagship in 2013 and a second store three years later. She was added to the Swarovski Collective of emerging talents in 2016 and was honored with a USC Visionary Artist Award in 2019.


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Founder and Creative Director Bleis Madrid

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Blanca Rodriguez

Blanca Rodriguez discovered her affinity for fashion in a pre-college course in London before returning to her home city of Madrid to study international business. While employed in the luxury cosmetics sector, she felt the pull of fashion once again and discovered Parsons’ AAS Fashion Design program. “It was a life-changing experience, and I could never have fulfilled my dream without it,” says Rodriguez. Working at Proenza Schouler (a brand founded by Parsons alumni) inspired her to develop her own label, launched in 2017 as Bleis Madrid (Bleis is short for bleiser—Spanish for “blazer”—and starts with the same two letters as the designer’s first name). Anchored in refined basic forms, her collection features stylish, feminine suits and separates with impeccable hand-finished tailoring. Rodriguez’s sophisticated clientele includes actors Juana Acosta and Paz Vega. Bleis Madrid made its New York Fashion Week Rodriguez’s graduation from Parsons.


debut in 2018, on the second anniversary of

Prabal Gurung Fashion Design


Creative Director and CEO Prabal Gurung LLC Prabal Gurung unites luxury and soul in fashion that celebrates diversity, inclusion, socially conscious and sustainable production, and artisanship. His following includes Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Gigi Hadid, and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge. In 2011, Gurung won the CFDA/Swarovski Award for Womenswear and was a finalist for a National Design Award, given by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; in 2010, he was a runner-up for the CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund Award. Before launching his line in 2009, he worked under Donna Karan and Cynthia Rowley and served as design director at Bill Blass. Born in Singapore and raised in Nepal, Gurung studied fashion in India, Australia, and London before coming to Parsons in 1999. There he refined his vision and deepened his mastery. “It was a crucial time for me in my career,” says Gurung. He has collaborated with brands including Target, MAC Cosmetics, and Lane Bryant and is now creative director at Tasaki Jewellery. Atelier Prabal Gurung couture launched at the 2018 Met Gala, and a menswear collection followed in September 2018. Gurung’s work is currently featured in WWD, the New York Times, and Vogue.


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Designer Creative Director Brock Collection Laura Vassar and Kris Brock met at Parsons. “It was a bit predestined. Laura was my fit model for a wedding dress I’d made,” says Brock. The pair soon discovered that their talents were complementary and collaborated on design projects throughout their time on campus. After graduating, Kris sharpened his skills as a tailor while freelancing at shows with brands including Calvin Klein, Diane von Furstenberg, and Tommy Hilfiger. Meanwhile Laura refined her vision under designer Olivier Theyskens during his tenure at Theory. The year 2014 saw Kris and Laura’s move to Southern California and the debut of Brock Collection, their luxury ready-to-wear womenswear line. The collection, featuring couturelike craft, sumptuous materials, and innovative construction, evokes a world of romance and ease. In 2016, Brock Collection was selected as a finalist for the CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund Award and ultimately took the competition’s top prize.

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Laura Vassar Brock and Kristopher Brock

TOP RIGHT: Saruta Chaochavanil ’19, Situational Analysis: Rifle Paper Co. MIDDLE RIGHT: Yihua (Rita) Yu ’19, Trigger, brand concept BOTTOM LEFT: Min Jae ’15, New Simple, print collateral

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Fashion Marketing AND COMMUNICATION AAS Fashion Marketing and Communication at Parsons is an intensive, flexible program centering on the fundamentals of communication strategy. You explore the relationship between brand, product, and audience and the role of marketing and communication practices within fashion systems. You learn about trend, visual, and consumer research and gain skills in interpreting data to extract insights. The program develops students who can identify and distill social, cultural, and economic trends and attitudes and influence discourse on topics such as gender, race, consumption, and well-being. Taught by working professionals, the curriculum reflects the evolving industry and the forces that shape it.

A core part of the curriculum is the School of Fashion Lab Series, which includes weekly lectures by internationally prominent figures in the fashion industry. Presentations focus on current practice in relation to larger trends in design, marketing, media, technology, and sustainability. The discussion of concepts and issues that emerge from the weekly lectures helps students apply current industry practice and insights in their own work and reflect

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A Lecture Series That Exposes You to the Industry

on and shape their professional goals. Paths into Many Fashion Fields The program employs an integrated approach to research, design, strategy, and creative thinking. Projects and competitions with external partners such as Louis Vuitton, HUGO BOSS, Under Armour, ISKO, Byredo, and CARE provide opportunities to research concepts and strategies and



bring innovative solutions, products, and systems to the global stage.

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positions held by


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Account Executive Givenchy Global Marketing Manager Ralph Lauren Public Relations and Communications Manager ZARA Account Executive Alexander Wang Public Relations Coordinator Thomas Pink–LVMH Marketing Coordinator Charlotte Russe Online Merchandiser Saks Fifth Avenue Associate Production Manager POLO–Ralph Lauren Fashion Editor

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U magazine Merchandising Analyst Diesel Assistant Buyer Marc by Marc Jacobs Digital Account Executive Syndicate Media Group Wholesale Assistant Elie Tahari Public Relations Assistant Roger Vivier Handbag Production Coordinator Michael Kors Brand Assistant BHLDN–Urban Outfitters Associate Planner Macy’s, Inc. Production Coordinator Theory Senior Assistant Buyer, Couture Bergdorf Goodman E-commerce Manager Nicole Miller

with brands. Students master the fundamentals of communication strategy and learn how to develop a written, visual, and digital narrative. Electives allow you to specialize in an area of fashion communication, and courses shared with the AAS Fashion Design program prepare you to think creatively and conscientiously about the current state of the fashion industry. Internships develop your skills and network, making you a competitive member of the fashion workforce. You can complete your degree in two to four semesters of full-time study, depending on the number of transfer credits you bring to the AAS program. Most students finish the program in about three semesters. For more curriculum, faculty, and course information, visit newschool.edu/aas.


TOP: Maxime van den Berg ’20, Nunu, lookbook concept MIDDLE: Gina Paljusevic ’19, Jane Choi, and Sunmin Park ’18, Acne Mama, brand concept BOTTOM: Hannah Reinehr ’19, Dion Lee, brand concept

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SARAH ANN GILLIES Fashion Marketing and Communication1 ’18

U.S. PR and Marketing Coordinator

Following her graduation from AAS Fashion

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Marketing in 2018, Gillies was awarded the

A native of Melbourne, Australia, Sarah Ann Gillies earned a bachelor’s degree University of Melbourne before enrolling 1

at Parsons’ School of Fashion. Before moving to New York to study at Parsons, Gillies worked for a number of leading Australian womenswear labels and was signed as a deep house vocalist for the Vicious Recordings music label.

and completed a six-month marketing internship with the group. Gillies recently

in media and communications at the in the AAS Fashion Marketing program

YOOX Net-A-Porter Group Marketing Prize

joined The Rug Company—a leading global brand renowned for bringing together luxury fashion and interior design—as the U.S. PR and marketing coordinator. In this role, Gillies assists in developing marketing strategies, events, and strategic partnerships. 1

The program was then called AAS Fashion Marketing.


Kerry Tham Fashion Marketing and Communication1 ’11

Chief Operating Officer BLU’s Womens Wear Kerry Tham received a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Alberta and worked as an accountant before coming to Parsons. Her educational and professional background served Tham well in the AAS program, where her business analysis skills 1

opened up a path for a career in merchandise planning. An AAS-organized competition to develop a lifestyle collection for Under Armour was part of her career preparation as well. After Tham and a BFA Fashion Design collaborator won the contest, they entered an intensive fashion design and merchandising mentoring program at Under Armour’s headquarters. An internship at Donna Karan helped Tham land a job as a merchandise planner on Karan’s team immediately after her graduation from Parsons. According to Tham, “The program opened doors to the fashion industry. Parsons provided a strong support network and exposed me to opportunities in a fiercely competitive market.” Now, after returning to her home country, Tham is directing operations for Canadian luxury fashion retailer BLU’s Womens Wear. The program was then called AAS Fashion Marketing.



TOP LEFT: Eleonore Pillet ’13, Fixed, 3D model TOP RIGHT: An interior design class critique MIDDLE: Vinita Bakhale ’13, Our Valley Brooklyn, poster booklet BOTTOM: An Interior design class critique

In 1906, Frank Alvah Parsons established the first academic interior design program in the United States. Parsons continues to lead this evolving field with programs including AAS Interior Design. Begin your career with accomplished New York interior design professionals who guide you in exploring the potential of design to improve lives at every scale. You develop an awareness of the social, environmental, and cultural dimensions of interiors through curricula and projects that investigate global concerns such as sustainability and economic inequality. In the process, you become a designer equipped with the knowledge, skills, and networks needed to succeed in a growing field.

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The Theory and Practice of Designing Interiors In the program, you take three design studios focusing on residential, retail, workplace, and hospitality interiors. You master the theory and practice of interior design through conceptual investigations of in computer drawing and rendering. In the studios, you explore the relationship between interior architecture and the decorative arts. The AAS program allows you to take electives offered throughout Parsons to develop the range of skills that will be required in the future workplace. Internships at prominent design firms like Victoria Hagan Interiors, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, AvroKO, Gensler, Ghislaine Viñas Interior

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space, research on sustainability and healthy materials, and training

Design, and Yabu Pushelberg offer you opportunities to apply your learning to real-world interiors. Resources on Campus and in the City You share campus facilities with students of architecture, lighting design, and product design and can work in the Making Center and conduct research in the Energy Lab and the Donghia Healthier Materials Library. “AfterTaste,” a biennial design symposium hosted by Parsons, and the annual SCE Public Programs series enables you to engage with international scholars and practitioners shaping the contemporary design landscape. The program’s annual publication, WORK, documents the diverse interior work of students, faculty, and alumni. The city’s museums, archives, and designed spaces present opportunities for both applied and critical study. A key resource is Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, an important collection of decorative arts and furniture and the sponsor of many industry-related events. You also have access to the New York–based showrooms, factories, dealers, auction houses,



and experts that make the city an international center of interior design.

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Curriculum Electives enable you to deepen your understanding of and experience designing with soft and hard materials, lighting systems, and sustainable and other professional practices; explore graphic design and illustration techniques applicable to interior design; and study a range of historical and theoretical topics. You can complete your degree in two to four semesters of full-time study, depending on the number of transfer credits you bring to the AAS program. Most students finish the program in about three semesters. For more curriculum, faculty, and course information, visit newschool.edu/aas.

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TOP: Sofia Gimenez Burlo ’15, The individual use of a collective space—Lounge for Newark Airport, architectural plan, furniture, and colorway portfolio MIDDLE: Catherine Chia-Ling Lee ’15, digital rendering; Project Hotel One Madison, Pamela Mah ’13, Boom Hotel, Digital-3DS Max BOTTOM: Mariel Levine ’15, Sylar: Research Resort, video and images

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Mary Davis Interior Design


Founder and Principal Designer Mary Davis Interiors Mary Davis received bachelor’s degrees in comparative history and cultural anthropology from the University of Washington before entering the AAS Interior Design program. Davis cites opportunities she had at Parsons— such as mentoring set designers working on a 2010 New School drama production—that developed her skill in creating cost-effective user-specific design. Davis first gained experience in residential and commercial interiors. She is a certified aging-in-place specialist (CAPS); a central mission of her practice is addressing clients’ changing physical needs. Today Davis focuses on commercial interiors in partnership with Homepolish, an interior design start-up. Of her time at Parsons, Davis says, “I learned to reach outside of my comfort zone to give the best design work for my clients. And that education doesn’t stop after graduation; you have to keep learning to stay competitive and inspired.”

TOP: Showroom for a fashion accessories firm; photography: Holly McWhorter MIDDLE: Living room for a Clinton Hill loft residence; photography: Mary Davis


Edward Yedid Interior Design ’03

Partner GRADE New York Living in Paris, Edward Yedid resolved to shift from studies in finance to a creative career path. Architecture and interior design seemed ideal. “They involved fields I was already passionate about, serving human needs at scales ranging from rooms to buildings,” says Yedid. On returning to New York City in 2001, Yedid found work with designer Noel Jeffrey while taking interior design courses at

BOTTOM: Outdoor seating area, Hamptons House, Southampton, New York

Parsons; he eventually enrolled in the AAS program. “It was the first time I loved going to school,” he reports. When friends requested design help, Yedid turned to his AAS professor Thomas Hickey, proposing that the two collaborate on projects, with management by Hickey. Their success led Yedid to establish an interior design department within Hickey’s firm, GRADE New York, after graduating. Today the partners and their 15-member team bring a high-end residential design approach to projects for hospitality, retail, commercial, and residential clients like Tiffany & Co., Victoria’s Secret, and The Arman apartment complex. GRADE New York has also extended the firm’s line to include furniture and other product development. Yedid’s work is regularly profiled in New York City–based and international online and print publications, including The Aesthete, Lifestyle Mirror, and the New York Times.


TOP: Showroom for Tiffany & Co., Bellavita store, Chinese Taipei, Taiwan

Interior Design Parsons Associate’s Degree Programs TOP: Singapore penthouse; image: Yabu Pushelberg 3DMax rendering MIDDLE LEFT AND RIGHT: Clement at Peninsula Hotel, New York; photography: Evan Dion BOTTOM: Clement at Peninsula Hotel, New York; photography: Evan Dion


FACING PAGE: Singapore penthouse; image: Yabu Pushelberg 3DMax rendering

Interior Design

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Caroline Meersseman ’07

Design Director Yabu Pushelberg Born and raised in Cernobbio, Italy, Caroline Meersseman studied philosophy at the UniversitĂ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan before shifting her focus to design and enrolling at Parsons AAS. While at Parsons, Meersseman interned at design firm Yabu Pushelberg, where she still works today. She has been a design director there since 2012, managing a team designing hotels, retail spaces, and residences. Completed projects include the Park Hyatt New York, Clement restaurant at the Peninsula New York, and

as Moxy and Equinox. In 2015, Meersseman returned to Parsons as a part-time lecturer.


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Resources Parsons Associate’s Degree Programs

City and Campus Resources

the social, political, and economic contexts

A world center of design and industry,

relevant to academia. Diversity enriches

New York City is an essential part of an

the learning community by introducing

AAS education. You participate in the life

varied points of view, enabling students

of the city through class assignments

to devise innovative, thoughtful solutions

and external-partner projects, many of

to address social inequities and injustices.

which enable you to explore emerging

These efforts highlight the perspectives

design fields and enhance urban life.

and contributions of people who have

The Parsons campus, situated in the

historically been underrepresented in

heart of Manhattan, surrounds you with

higher education. Parsons is committed

opportunity, talent, and countless design

to achieving greater diversity at The New

resources. You benefit from campus

School and is making institutional changes

resources including Parsons’ Making

to reach that goal.

Center—28,000 square feet of facilities for rapid prototyping, photography,

Scholarships and

video, 3D imaging, metalworking,

Financial Aid

motion capture, architectural lighting,

All AAS applicants are considered for

and woodworking. Other resources

New School merit-based scholarships;

available to you are extensive academic

no additional application is required. The

technology labs, the Donghia Healthier

New School Office of Student Financial

Materials Library, and the university’s

Services can help students budget and

comprehensive library.

find support resources, including aid.

For more information, contact the

Diversity and Parsons

Office of Student Financial Services at

The Parsons community is made up of

212.229.8930 or sfs@newschool.edu.


people with a broad range of experiences,

For information on the cost of attendance

identities, cultures, and beliefs. Cultivating a

and financial services, visit newschool.

learning environment in which all can thrive


requires respect and an understanding of

All applications must be made with the online form, found on the website:

halls and furnished apartments for


full-time matriculated students. Early application is strongly encouraged.

Visit newschool.edu/parsons/apply for more information about admission

The university housing office also

requirements, including transcripts, essays,

provides a list of resources to help

creative assignments, and a TOEFL, IELTS,

students find off-campus housing.

or PTE score.

Learn more about housing options at newschool.edu/housing. Admission and Deadlines

New York City

Housing The New School maintains residence

Please note that students must have graduated from high school at least two years before entering the AAS program. If you are a current or recently graduated high school student, consider applying to a bachelor’s degree program.


Undertaking an AAS degree requires commitment and planning. To make the process easier, Parsons offers rolling admission for applicants, but you will improve your prospects for admission, housing, and scholarships by applying by the admission deadlines.1 Fall Priority Admission Deadline: April 1 Spring Priority Admission Deadline:

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Membership and Accreditation The New School is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. MSCHE is a regional accreditor and federally recognized body. The New School has been accredited by MSCHE since 1960. All degree programs at the New York City campus of The New School are registered by the New York State Department of Education. Parsons School of Design is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design. The New School is a nonprofit university. For full information on the university’s accreditation, visit newschool.edu/provost/ accreditation. The information published here represents the plans of the university at the time of publication and does not constitute an

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