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School of the Art Institute of Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Address: 36 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, United States

Description School of the Art Institute of Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

  • Established: 1866
  • Location: Chicago, USA
  • Students age: from 17 years.
  • Number of students: 3640 people
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Type of study: private higher art school.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the largest accredited independent art and design schools in the country, offering bachelor's, post-bachelor's and master's programs. The Chicago Institute of the Arts School is recognized by Columbia University as “the most influential art college in the United States,” a permanent spot in the US News and World Report's Best Graduate Fine Arts Programs in the country.

SAIC was founded in 1866 as the Chicago Design Academy. It offers students a challenging education in studio art, exhibition opportunities. The school was converted to the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts in 1879, changed its name to the Art Institute of Chicago in 1882, and the museum and school moved to a building designed and built for the Columbia World Exhibition in 1893.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in School of the Art Institute of Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Program name


  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus on art education
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus on writing
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art History
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Critical Research.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

The School of Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) Postgraduate Certificate program provides undergraduate students the opportunity to study at a large professional school of fine arts. The two-semester program is designed to help students develop their artistic vision, technical skills, and a large body of work for graduate studies.

Master's degree

  • Master of Fine Arts in Studio
  • Master in Architecture
  • Master in Architecture with a Focus on Interior Architecture
  • Master of Arts in Arts Management and Policy
  • Master of Arts in Arts Education
  • Master in Art Therapy and Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Contemporary Art and Contemporary Art History
  • Master of Arts in New Art Journalism
  • Master of Science in Education
  • Master in Visual and Critical Research
  • Master in Design in Designed Objects
  • Master in Design in Fashion, Body and Apparel
  • Master of Fine Arts in Writing
  • Master of Science in Historical Preservation
  • Double Degree: Master of Arts in Management and Politics, Master of Contemporary Art History.

Accommodation, housing and food

The dorms of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago are decorated in the style of a loft, a traditional apartment. Facilities:

  • Private bathroom
  • Kitchenette with hob, full-size refrigerator and microwave
  • Breathtaking city views
  • Wireless Internet.


  • Prepayment - 550 $
  • The cost of living is from $ 10,200 / year.
  • Meals - from $ 1700 / g.

Events School of the Art Institute of Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago has over 60 student groups and organizations on its campus, and the SAIC Campus Life offers countless activities. School-wide activities such as Halloween Ball and Film Screening, weekly Latin dance and yoga classes, philosophical discussions, art criticism - the school provides classes for all tastes.

SAIC launched Spoonful, a grocery pantry available for SAIC students who have difficulty accessing food due to poor financial conditions.


  • Throughout the history of SAIC, alumni have played central roles in important art movements. It was SAIC that served as the impetus for two significant schools of American painting - the regionalists of the 1930s and the Imagists of the 1960s. Alumni include Georgia O'Keeffe, Claes Oldenburg, Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, Ivan Albright, Ed Paschke, Roger Brown, Halston, Leroy Neumann, Elizabeth Murray, Cynthia Rowley, David Sedaris, Rirkrit Tiravania, and Sarah Vowell.
  • Students, artists, academics, and leading practitioners work in close proximity, sharing exceptional resources, creating a forum for the active exchange of ideas.
  • Downtown Chicago gives students access to one of the most creatively vibrant and architecturally rich cities in the world, and encourages participation in a wide range of cultural activities.

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  • SAIC is the largest museum school campus in the United States. Since 1976, SAIC has been occupying its own state-of-the-art premises adjacent to the museum, the famous Modern Wing overlooking Grant Park, Lake Michigan, with ancillary buildings on an urban campus in the heart of the Chicago Loop.
  • Students, faculty members of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago have access to the rich museum and school collections that support teaching and learning at SAIC. Collections include traditional library and archival collections, as well as interdisciplinary, multimedia thematic resources.
  • The new contemporary wing of the Institute of the Arts provides incredible resources for inspiration and learning. SAIC's unique resources include contemporary facilities, the Gene Siskel Cinema Center, the Guest Artist Program, and the Sullivan Gallery to showcase work to a wide audience.
  • The John M. Flaxman Library offers access to hundreds of thousands of books, magazines, films, and sound recordings on a variety of topics that reflect the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary art and design.
  • The Fashion Resource Center is a hybrid research center for faculty and students in the SAIC fashion department, as well as for the wider community. His unique collection of designer clothes and accessories from the late XX-early XXI centuries. represents innovation in the field of construction, materials, decoration. These combined resources provide students and researchers with a creative educational environment to explore the most innovative advances in the fashion world.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The application fee is $ 85.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Applicants send a portfolio that will help the selection committee get an idea of them, their interests, willingness to experiment, research, think. There is no single “right way” to build a portfolio.

The portfolio includes the following elements (depending on the chosen course):

  • 10-15 best painting, graphic, sculptural works
  • 10 pages of poetry
  • 20 pages of prose (fiction, documentary or dramatic)
  • 10 pages of graphic novel
  • Written sample of 5-7 pages for applicants to the first year.

The Art Institute of Chicago School considers students with a high school diploma, a GED, or equivalent, for admission. If your high school diploma, certificate (s), or transcript (s) are not in English, please attach the officially translated transcripts.

Requirements for knowledge of English:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum 82
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - minimum 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) - minimum 55
  • Duolingo - 110.

Scholarships School of the Art Institute of Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

International students are screened for merit-based scholarships in the admission process. No additional statement is required.

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