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 January 15. 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.
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.
FASH 5101 Design Studio I (6)
FASH 5110 Design Studio II (6)
FASH Elective (3)
FASH 3021 Fashion Intensive Portfolio (3)
ARTHI 2566 Survey of the History of Dress
ARTHI 4560 Defining Contemporary Dress (3)
FASH 5130 Design Studio III (6)
FASH Elective (3) OR
FASH 3021 Fashion Intensive Portfolio (3)
ARTHI 3567 Dress and Society (3) OR
ARTHI 4562 Shape of Contemporary Dress (3)
Participation in two Graduate Critiques
Total Credit Hours
Certificate requirements and specifications
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.
Full-time Status Minimum Requirement: 12 credit hours
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For more than 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.