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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 15 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
Fashioning Culture - Readdressing Clothing FB 416 3
Multi-media Event I FB 438 3
Multi-media Event II FB 439 3
Subtotal 9
Complete one from the following:
Costume: Materials & Technique FB 322
Garment Design & Production FB 207
Subtotal 3
Complete one from the following:
Garment Design & Production FB 207
Digital Garment Patterning FB 210 1.5
Millinery Workshop FB 215 1.5
Costume: Materials & Technique FB 322
Material Construction FB 327
Soft Circuits FB 361
Retooling the Cottage FB 380
International Collaboration/Wearable Technology FB 425
Subtotal 3
Total Credits for the Experimental Fashion Concentration 15