Steven Faerm is Associate Professor of Fashion at Parsons School of Design (Undergraduate Program Director, Fashion Design, 2007-2011).  A Parsons alumnus (‘94) and Designer of the Year Nominee, he began teaching in 1998 while working for designers Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Kenneth Richard, and more.  He has been recognized for his teaching by winning the University's "Distinguished Teaching Award" and the School’s "Faculty Award."


Steven has taught and lectured for Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Columbia University, Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Virginia Commonwealth University, Polimoda Florence, Donghua University Shanghai, The University of Palermo (UP) Buenos Aires, The Spero Villioti School South Africa, and many more. 


He has created college- and pre-college programs and workshops for Parsons and other leading international institutions, and has served on academic advisory boards for RISD, Pratt Institute, Virginia Commonwealth Institute (VCU), Otis College of Art and Design, and Marist College.  In 2012 he co-founded an academic journal dedicated to design education between Parsons and UP.


Steven's publications include two books that are featured on international college-level required reading lists and available in seven languages: Fashion Design Course: Principles Practices, and Techniques and Creating a Successful Fashion Collection: Everything You Need to Develop a Great Line and PortfolioHe is currently writing his third book Introduction to Design Education: Theory, Research, and Practical Applications for Educators (Routledge).

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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