Fashion Design

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Fashion Department provides a unique, interdisciplinary experience that challenges students to bring an artistic and theoretical approach to the work, and benefit from rigorous artistic and professionally oriented training.

Transfer Day: Saturday, June 3

Learn about the transfer process, get portfolio advice, calculate your transfer credit & take a campus tour!

Why Study Fashion Design at SAIC

Over the past 85 years, SAIC’s Fashion department has evolved into one of the most intense, interdisciplinary fashion design programs in the world. Students will graduate as skilled designers with an awareness of the social, political, and technological forces shaping the 21st century.


Our faculty’s professional experience spans the globe, offering students unique opportunities for learning, travel, and internships. Their approach to teaching is grounded in technical, digital, artisanal, and visceral ways of making- pairing artistic exploration with concept development and skill-building.


The Fashion Resource Center, a hands-on collection of late 20th- and 21st-century designer garments representing extreme innovation, allows students to explore the most progressive achievements in the world of dress and fashion. Additionally, the world-renowned art exhibitions and research facilities of The Art Institute of Chicago are located one block from campus.

The Department of Fashion Design supports the following degree programs:

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Fashion Design Pathways
Master of Design in Fashion, Body and Garment
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fashion, Body and Garment

Fashion 2022: Humanature

Please view the recorded livestream of the Fashion 2022: Humanature runway show here.

Fashion 2021 Virtual Exhibitions

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