On April 12th, I received my graduation certificate from Parsons X Teen Vogue. For those of you not familiar, the Parsons X Teen Vogue program is a new certification program in Fashion Industry Essentials.
When you sign up, you do everything online and have up to one year to complete it. The certification has five sections: Unlocking Visual Style, Thinking Like a Designer, Understanding Fashion Production, Working in Fashion Media and Developing Fashion Marketing and PR Skills. These give people interested in fashion an overview about what each aspect of the industry is like. The sections are all helpful no matter your primary fashion interest. For example, you may know for sure you are not a fashion designer (I definitely struggled with those assignments), but the design course allows you to still understand what a designer does which is critical for any fashion career.
Each section has videos from industry professionals (such as Aliza Licht, Marina Larroude, etc.), a communication board for discussing with other students and an assignments portion. All assignments must be completed to earn the certificate. If you do plan on completing this certification, take your time doing these assignments and networking with other students. Some assignments even include going to the mall and going shopping (every fashionista’s dream). Everything in this program is for YOUR benefit and you can choose to be as invested as you want. By the end of the program, you have a complete portfolio you can submit to jobs! The portfolio is also reviewed by a member of Parsons staff and they give you feedback. Here is my portfolio cover!
Overall, I think this program is a steal for the cost! I learned so much about how the fashion industry works and what career options are available in it. This program also gives you things like the portfolio and the certificate that you can use to apply for jobs.
Please feel to ask me any questions in the comments! The full tuition cost is currently at $549 in total or it can be broken up into payment plans. If you are interested in signing up, use my link or the code KELSEY2 for a $50 off discount. http://ssqt.co/LvZO
Image Source: Featured Image is a screenshot from the Parsons x Teen Vogue site