Fashion, Body and Garment Overview
The Department of Fashion, Body, and Garment at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers serious fashion design students an intensive, two-year Master of Fine Arts in Fashion, Body and Garment program devoted to a final, distilled collection or body of work that is exhibited as appropriate to the form.
The main component of the program, the Fashion Design Studio taken each semester, provides a place for an expansive investigation of fashion, body, and garment and for deeper individual investigation of fashion within the broader context of community, sustainability, technology, and the industry.
You will have the freedom to explore a breadth of possibilities, yet achieve an in-depth focus within your individual practice through a combination of:
- Dedicated design studios
- Topical seminars
- Self-directed research
- Technical labs
- Design history and theory courses
You are also encouraged to explore a range of electives in other disciplines, such as:
- Film, Video, New Media, and Animation
- Fiber and Material Studies
If you have a bachelor’s degree, but need additional foundation work to prepare a portfolio, or you are an international student in need of a year of intensive studio work typical to the U.S. education system before beginning a master’s program, take a look at the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fashion, Body and Garment program.
Letter from Nick Cave
It's been a decade since the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Fashion Department launched its graduate program called Master of Design, Fashion, Body & Garment.
We are extremely proud of its success, but even more by its growth. The program keeps evolving as the world keeps changing, ensuring its relevance to our creative future. This dynamic quality is what keeps it fresh, exciting, and always BOLD.
As an artist, educator, and activist it has also been an incredible opportunity for me to spearhead this program. It has gifted me with a plethora of amazing young creators who are quickly becoming the next leaders in the field of fashion, art, education, politics, and parenting.
I could not be more proud of each and everyone's success to date and look forward to your future development via whatever road you choose next.
– Nick Cave
Stephanie and Bill Sick Professor of Fashion, Body and Garment
Requirements and Curriculum
Degree Requirements and Specifications
- Completion schedule: Students have a maximum of four years to complete the degree. This includes time off for approved leaves of absence.
- 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.
- Design Studio: Each design studio must be successfully completed prior to participation in the consecutive design studio.
- Advanced Fabrication Lab: FASH 5311 Advanced Fabrication Lab must be taken in the first fall semester.
- Full-Time Status Minimum Requirement: 12 credit hours
First Year Fall
- FASH 5310 Design Studio 1: Dress, Un-Dress, Re-Dress (6)
- FASH 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)
- FASH 5315 Seminar: Professional Practice (3) required
First Year Spring
- FASH 5330 Design Studio 2: Interfacing Fashion (6)
- ARTHI 5560 Critical Perspectives in Fashion, Body and Garment I (3)
- Electives (6)
Second Year Fall
- FASH 6310 Design Studio 3: Contextualizing Fashion (6)
- ARTHI 5561 Critical Perspectives in Fashion, Body and Garment II (3)
- Elective (6)
Second Year Spring
- 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 Hours
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.
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
- FASH 5101 Design Studio I (6)
- FASH 5110 Design Studio II (6)
- FASH Elective (3)
- ARTHI (3)
- FASH 5130 Design Studio III (6)
- FASH Elective (3) OR
FASH 3021 Fashion Intensive Portfolio (3)
- ARTHI Elective, suggestion (3)
Participation in two Graduate Critiques
Total Credit Hours
MFA in Fashion, Body, and Garment Courses
Take the Next Step
Graduate Programs Application Deadline: January 10
Apply to SAIC's Graduate and Post-Bacc programs by 1/10 for Fall 2024 admission. APPLY
Fashion, Body, and Garment program inquiries: FashionGrad@saic.edu