Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fashion, Body, and Garment

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The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fashion, Body and Garment program provides students who have an undergraduate degree with an opportunity to further develop their work in a large, professional fine arts school environment. The program is designed to advance your practical and creative skills and position you for entry into a master's level program in fashion.

Applicants to the program may be:

  • Individuals with a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science who need an additional year of foundational work to prepare a portfolio
  • Individuals with an undergraduate or graduate degree in art who wish to pursue work in fashion design
  • International students requiring a year of intensive studio work typical to the U.S. educational system before beginning a master's-level program in design

The curriculum offers the formal course work of an advanced undergraduate program with methods- and materials-oriented labs, studio research and development, and art and design history courses. The course-based, three-semester intensive advances students' skills in engaging with cloth as a medium and guides each student through the creation of a personal design statement.

Completion of the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fashion, Body and Garment does not guarantee admission to SAIC's Master of Design program. Credits taken while a Post-Baccalaureate student cannot be counted toward a master's degree at SAIC.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Fashion requires an online application for its Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fashion, Body and Garment program. You will need a valid credit card and current email address in order to complete the form. Please review the following requirements carefully before submitting your application:

  • Applications for the summer/fall semester must be submitted no later than April 1. No applications are accepted for spring semester.
  • There is an $90 nonrefundable application fee ($100 for international applications). The application fee is discounted by 50 percent through December 1.
  • You must upload a 500- to 750-word statement describing the history of your interests and experiences in design, your personal and professional motivations and goals, and your reasons for pursuing graduate study at SAIC. Upload your statement of purpose via your ePortfolio.
  • In addition to your application, you must submit an ePortfolio by 11:59 p.m. (CST) on January 15. Applicants with a background in studio art or design are required to submit a portfolio of up to 20 images.

You also must submit an official college transcript and two letters of reference for admission into the program. You can ask your references to upload their letter to your online application or mail them directly to the school. Some candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Program Disclosure

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please consult the Post-Bacc Fashion Gainful Employment Disclosure website.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fashion, Body and Garment is a 30-credit hour program that helps students who already have a bachelor's degree develop a portfolio for the fashion design field. Read on for the coursework required to complete this certificate.

Term Credit Hours
Summer Intensive  6  
  • FASH 5101 Design Studio I (6)
Fall Semester  12  
  • FASH 5110 Design Studio II (6)
  • FASH Elective (3)
  • ARTHI Elective, suggestion (3)
Spring Semester  12  
  • FASH 5130 Design Studio III (6)
  • FASH Elective (3) OR
      FASH 3021 Fashion Intensive Portfolio (3)
  •   ARTHI Elective, suggestion (3)
Participation in two Graduate Critiques   
Total Credit Hours 30  

Certificate requirements and specifications

  1. Curriculum: The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fashion, Body and Garment program is designed to be a full-time, three-semester program. Any exception to this requirement must be approved by the program/department chair and will only extend to one full calendar year.
  2. Full-time Status Minimum Requirement: 12 credit hours

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