Fashion Certificate

Student draping muslin over mannequin

The Fashion Certificate is designed for students interested in artistic and professional training in fashion. Participants hone the technical skills necessary to realize their creative vision as they develop a portfolio of work that can be used for a variety of purposes, including preparation for further study.

Inspiration and context are drawn from SAIC’s Fashion Resource Center, a unique collection of late 20th- and 21st-century designer garments and accessories representing extreme innovation, as well as the Art Institute of Chicago museum and other SAIC collections and resources.

Coursework requirements

  • Required Course (1): Sewing Techniques: Fundamentals
  • Studio Courses (4): Four 30-hour courses from those listed under the subject heading Fashion
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  • Elective (1): All 30-hour Adult Continuing Education courses are eligible electives for all certificates, including 1-week and 2-weekend intensives

Total required courses: 6

Required courses may not be offered every term. Adult Continuing Education non-credit certificates were not designed to be completed entirely online. Coursework requirements may not be scheduled in the student's preferred instructional mode (online or in-person). 

Keep track of your certificate requirements as you move through your individualized program using our Fashion Certificate Curriculum Guide.

Completion of the Fashion Certificate requires a portfolio review, fulfilled by participation in Portfolio Review Days offered in the fall and spring. Final portfolio reviews are taken during or after the student's final coursework term. Students will also need to complete the certificate program completion form, submit high-quality digital images of their work, and take part in a brief exit interview to receive their digital certificate.

Start your noncredit certificate today - visit Select Certificate Programs under the heading Adult Continuing Education in the left column and pay the nonrefundable $100 fee.

If you are unable to apply online, please contact us at or 312.629.6170. 

Note: The Adult Continuing Education program does not provide job placement or internship services for its students, including those enrolled in non-credit certificates. However, your coursework will provide you with opportunities to network with your instructors and peers, many of whom are working professionals.