The Master of Design in Fashion, Body and Garment program seeks to provide a creative and intellectual context in which the nature and potentiality of fashion is closely examined and reimagined. Uniquely situated within a vibrant contemporary school of art and design, this program builds on the connections and relationships between art and fashion that have been evolving in the past century and that reach an unprecedented level in contemporary practices today.

Through a combination of dedicated design studios, topical seminars, self-directed research, technical labs, design history, and theory courses and a wide range of elective options such as performance, film, new media, writing, or sculpture, students are able to explore a breadth of possibilities, yet achieve an in-depth focus within their individual practice.

First Year Fall  15  
  • FASH 5310 Design Studio 1: Dress, Un-Dress, Re-Dress (6)
  • ARTHI 5311 Advanced Fabrication Lab (3)
  • ARTHI 5002 Survey of Modern and Contemporary Art (3) or
    ARTHI 5120 Survey of Modern and Contemporary Architecture and Design (3)
  • Elective (3)
First Year Spring  15  
  • FASH 5330 Design Studio 2: Interfacing Fashion (6)
  • ARTHI 5561 Critical Perspectives in Fashion, Body and Garment II (3)
  • Electives (6)
Second Year Fall  15  
  • FASH 6310 Design Studio 3: Contextualizing Fashion (6)
  • ARTHI 5560 Critical Perspectives in Fashion, Body and Garment I (3)
  • FASH 6315 Seminar: Professional Practice (3)
  • Elective (3)
Second Year Spring  15  
  • FASH 6330 Design Studio 4: Fashion, Fusion, Vision (6)
  • FASH 6335 Seminar: Professional Practice 2 (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Art history elective (3)
Participation in four Graduate Critiques  
Participation in Graduate Design Exhibition  
Total Credit Hours60  

Degree requirements and specifications

  1. Completion schedule: Students have a maximum of four years to complete the degree. This includes time off for approved leaves of absence.
  2. Transfer credits: A minimum of 45 credit hours must be completed in residence at SAIC. Up to 15 transfer credits may be requested at the time of application for admission and are subject to approval at that time. No transfer credit will be permitted after a student is admitted.
  3. Design Studio: Each design studio must be successfully completed prior to participation in the consecutive design studio.
  4. Advanced Fabrication Lab: FASH 5311 Advanced Fabrication Lab must be taken in the first fall semester.
  5. Full-Time Status Minimum Requirement: 12 credit hours

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