Chicago Area SAIC Days
Saturday, September 23
Sunday, September 24
SAIC Recognized again for Excellence in Diversity
Learn about our efforts toward supporting and building a diverse community.
SAIC's suggested FAFSA priority deadline for each upcoming academic year is December 1 for Undergraduate Illinois Residents, January 1 for All Others. More info.
Students have many options when it comes to getting involved in the SAIC community. Learn more.
Adult & Youth Fall Registration Opens Soon, Course Descriptions Now Online
Join us this spring for an exciting lineup of exhibitions, lectures, screenings, and special events.
As a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) student, you can concentrate your studies in Fashion Design after you have completed your Contemporary Practices requirements and are accepted into the program based on a portfolio review with Fashion Design faculty.
The undergraduate fashion curriculum is based on sequential courses that provide a firm foundation in drawing, draping, pattern making, and garment construction. In courses that combine historical research with contemporary explorations, you will extend the traditional boundaries of fashion to examine clothing as it relates to lifestyle, performance, display, costume, and art.
Highly recommended electives include:
We encourage intermediate and advanced students to enroll in Art History courses such as ARTHI 2560 Survey of the History of Dress and ARTHI 3560 The Shape of Fashion in the 20th and 21st Centuries. Students focusing on the garment as metaphor—dealing with issues of the body, material, and identity—will examine the areas between body/space and material/virtual in classes like FASH 2005 Shape and Theory in Garments and FASH 2012 Objects/Artifacts and No Nonsense.
When you complete your junior year, we encourage you to start applying for internships with designers throughout the world. Faculty conduct study trips to fashion capitals such as Paris, London, Antwerp, and New York.
For decades, the SAIC Fashion Design department has produced a spectacular, cutting-edge student fashion show. Seniors create a complete collection of five garments for the show, and sophomores and juniors present a prime example of their work.
Learn more at saicfashion.org.
Learn more about undergraduate degree program requirements by visiting our undergraduate degree programs web page to get detailed information regarding our undergraduate degree program offerings.
For 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers, and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program consistently ranking among the top programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, Jeff Koons, and LeRoy Neiman.