Parsons Challenge Tips

We know that students tend to agonize over what we’re exactly looking for in the Parsons Challenge, a supplement to the application that forces students to think a little more outside of the box. We interviewed three students, Lark (Design and Management BBA), Devon (Photography BFA), and Ciara (Illustration BFA major), asking them to reflect and discuss their pieces and thought processes. Hope this inspires you!


-by Victoria O’Neill-


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  5. Ricky T

    Hi Victoria, I’m applying for the AAS degree program of fashion design and came across some questions. It has been years since I graduated from a university of California and gained some experience in various jobs (a few years in the fashion buying business). I’ve always wanting to pursue the career fashion design and now I’ve decided to take the step. I didn’t take the SAT as I studied in a community college and got transferred to the university (where I got my bachelor’s degree), in which SAT is not required. My questions: do I need to submit SAT score and my high school transcript?
    Thanks a lot! Love your blog!

    • Katie

      Hi Ricky!

      Thanks for reading! You can find more information on our AAS requirements here. As long as you have completed more than 24 credits of college level classes, you will not have to submit an SAT score or High School Program for the AAS program.

      Looking forward to see your application!

  6. christii

    hi! Im in a community college now and gonna apply for the FBA program next fall, I didn’t take SAT when i was in high school. I’m not an international student but English is not my first language. so do i still need to take the tofel test? BTW, I’m not sure applying for fashion or illustration, so should parsons challenge need to relate to my major?

    • Morgan Ersery

      Hi there! Thanks for reading the blog. If you have taken at least 6 credits of college level English (writing, literature or composition) we can waive the TOEFL requirement. This would be, most likely, two 3, or 4, credit courses on a semester system, receiving at least a C or higher. If you do not fulfill this requirement, then you would have to submit a TOEFL score. The requirement for the BFA is a 92. Your Parsons Challenge can be based on any subject you would like. If you have more questions, feel free to email us at

      Best of luck!

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