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Studio Concentration - Experimental Fashion

The experimental fashion concentration is intended for fiber majors with a strong interest in fashion as a cultural phenomenon and expressive medium. The program balances practice and theory, placing fashion in its broadest cultural context-from performance to the global marketplace. Research, readings, and lectures about fashion history and contemporary issues, as well as critical analysis, are integral to the course work. Students obtain the knowledge, understanding, and ability to contextualize their own work and interpret and articulate their understanding of fashion, art, and culture. Studio courses support the learning of foundational skills in garment making, including traditional and experimental approaches from costume to wearable sculpture.

Students must fulfill 18 studio credits in the Fiber Department and three academic credits in the Liberal Arts.

Declaration of a fashion concentration is preferred in the sophomore year, but students who develop an interest later can join during their junior year in consultation with the chair of the Fiber Department. Although the majority of courses for the fashion concentration should be taken at MICA, specifically identified courses at our partner institutions abroad and in the US can supplement the degree plan. Fiber majors have priority registration in the required courses.

Requirements for the Experimental Fashion Concentration

Course TitleCourse #Credits
Garment Design and Production FB 207 3
Fashioning Culture - Readdressing Clothing FB 416 3
Multi-media Event I FB 438 3
Multi-media Event II FB 439 3
Subtotal 12
Complete one from the following:
Costume: Materials & Technique FB 327
The Expanded Body/Performance FB 327
Subtotal 3
Complete one from the following:
Material Construction FB 327
Fabric of Conscience FB 329
Silkscreening on Fabric FB 331
Surface Resist Dyeing FB 334
Wash and Wear Electronics FB 361
Collage and Sculptural Surfaces FB 368
Smart Textiles FB 387
Performance Garment FB 344
International Collaboration/Wearable Technology FB 425
Millinery Workshop FB 215
Digital Garment Patterning FB 210
Subtotal 3
Complete one from the following related liberal arts courses:
History of Material Culture (Indus. Rev. - mid-19th c.) AH 346
Fashion and the Avant-Garde AH 329
Mass Media and the Contemporary World HST 440
Body Discourse LIT 314-H
Performance Studies and Cyber Theory LIT 388-TH
Subtotal 3
Total Credits for the Experimental Fashion Concentration 21