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In this minor, you explore alternative fashion strategies through hands-on investigation of craft thinking, strategic making, and ethical approaches to design. The minor utilizes a bottom-up approach, amplifying everyday dress, production, and exchange processes to shift our systems of manufacturing, consumption, and distribution toward active participation. This minor incorporates practices such as critical handicraft, alternative economies, social justice, community engagement, social mobilization, and skill sharing in a systemic and holistic approach to fashion production and cooperative models of practice and production.
The Alternative Fashion Strategies minor is offered through Parsons' School of Design Strategies and requires successful completion of 18 credits across six subject areas, as outlined in the chart below.
Note: 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.
A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate:
Minors are available to all undergraduate students at The New School, though some minors are closed to students in certain majors (please see the list of preclusions for more details). Students may declare minors outside of their own colleges. To explore this option, contact your academic advisor.
The Alternative Fashion Strategies minor requires an application for admission.
For questions regarding this minor’s curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Otto von Busch, assistant professor of integrated design, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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