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Steven Faerm is an Associate Professor of Fashion at Parsons School of Design (Director, BFA Fashion Design, 2007–2011).  A Parsons alumnus ('94) and Designer of the Year Nominee, he began teaching in 1998 while working as a professional fashion designer and illustrator for Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Kenneth Richard, and more. He has been recognized for his teaching by receiving both his University's "Distinguished Teaching Award" and his School’s "Faculty Award."


Steven has taught and lectured at over 50 institutions on 5 continents—including Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Columbia University, Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Polimoda in Florence, Donghua University in Shanghai,  Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT), The University of Buenos Aires, and The Villioti Fashion Institute in South Africa—for students spanning all educational levels, from pre-college- to undergraduate- to graduate-level and beyond.  He has created college- and pre-college programs and workshops at Parsons and other leading international institutions, and has served on academic advisory boards for numerous colleges of art and design.  In 2012 he co-founded an academic journal focused on design education and practice with Parsons and UP.

Steven’s research examines design education, teaching and learning, young adult development, and the complex connections between these subject areas. He is the author of Fashion Design Course: Principles Practices, and Techniques (translated into 9 languages) and Creating a Successful Fashion Collection: Everything You Need to Develop a Great Line and Portfolio, and his scholarship has been widely featured in academic journals.  His third book, Introduction to Design Education: Theory, Research, and Practical Applications for Educators (Routledge) was released in December, 2022.

Research Focus  

Teaching and Learning  ~  Design Education ~ College Student Development  



M.Ed.         Harvard University Graduate School of Education

M.S.Ed.      Bank Street College of Education

B.F.A.          Parsons School of Design, Fashion Design


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