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Fashion Design: Undergraduate Overview
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.
Fashion Design Coursework
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:
- FASH 2007 Beginning Fashion Illustration
- FASH 2017 Knitwear Design: Manipulated Stitch
- FASH 2018 Knitwear Design
- FASH 2008 Hand Knitwear Design
- FASH 2016 Footwear Design
- FASH 2005 Shape and Theory in Garments
- FASH 3016 Advanced Footwear Design
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.
SAIC Fashion Show
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.