Exclusively for UChicago students, MODA's Designer Boot Camp (DBC) program is a 33-week intensive immersion course in fashion design and garment construction. Over the years, our DBC program has trained dozens of UChicago students with no previous sewing experience. DBC students also meet with local designers and fashion entrepreneurs to get exposure to careers in fashion. Our DBC alumni ultimately showcase their 3-piece capsule collections at our annual Spring Fashion Show.
In 2014, MODA launched its first ever studio mentorship program in collaboration with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). This program, geared towards advanced alumni of the DBC program, gives UChicago students access to mentorship from graduate students of SAIC's fashion department.