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School of the Art Institute of Chicago




Address:
Sullivan Center
36 South Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60603
USA

Website:
www.saic.edu/

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International Admissions:

Larry Lee
Associate Director of Admissions
Transfer, Prior Degree, and International
Phone: 011-312-629-6100
Fax: 011-312-629-6101
E-mail: admiss@saic.edu 


Saskia Hofman
Director of International Affairs
Phone: 011-312-899-7402
Fax: 011-312-629-9289
E-mail: intaff@artic.edu


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Regional Accreditor

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Carnegie Classification

Special Focus Institutions--Schools of art, music, and design

Levels of Degree or Certification Offered

Bachelor's Degrees
Certificates
Master's Degrees
 

Academic Programs Available

Bachelor's Degrees

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Creative Writing
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Interior Architecture
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General

Certificates

  • Creative Writing
  • Fashion/Apparel Design
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General

Master's Degrees

    • Architecture
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation - MS in Historic Preservation
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation - Master Arts Art History & Adm
    • Art Teacher Education
    • Arts Management
    • Creative Writing
    • Design and Applied Arts, Other
    • Fashion/Apparel Design
    • Fine/Studio Arts, General
    • Interior Architecture
    • Journalism, Other
    • Visual and Performing Arts, General
    • Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor
     

    Cost of Academic Year 2014-2015 (9 months: August - May)

     

    Tuition
    Room/Board
    Activity
    Books & Supplies
    Medical Insurance

    Undergraduate

    $ 41430

    $ 9160

    $ 2510

    $ 2500

    $ 1478

    Graduate

    $ 44010
    $ 9160
    $ 2510
    $ 2500
    $ 1478
     

    Financial Assistance

    Scholarships are merit based and available to international students; also offer graduate assistantships and financial aid for US Citizens/US Permanent Residents.

     

    Student Demographics

    Number of Undergraduate Students:
    Number of International Undergraduate Students:
    Number of Graduate Students:
    Number of International Graduate Students:
    Total Number of Students:
    Total Number of International Students:
    2641
    702
    688
    164
    3329
    866

    On campus housing is available for undergraduate and graduate students. Contracts are mailed to admitted students April 1st & accepted on a rolling basis with US$550 deposit.

     

    What Is Special?

    Since its founding in 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been providing a leading global vision for the education of artists, designers, and others who shape contemporary art practice. SAIC’s primary purpose is to foster the conceptual and technical education of artists, designers, and scholars in a highly professional, studio-oriented, and academically rigorous environment, encouraging excellence, critical inquiry, and experimentation. In 2002, the School was recognized as “the most influential art school in the nation” by a poll conducted by Columbia University and a panel of national art critics. U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked SAIC’s Master of Fine Arts program as number one in the nation.

    Nearly 2,000 undergraduate and 570 graduate students and SAIC's faculty of artists, designers, and scholars work in an environment that facilitates the exchange of ideas, the sharing of resources, and the critiquing and refining of technical abilities and conceptual concerns. SAIC’s international students represent 14% of the total enrollment; 400 students from approximately 40 different countries are currently pursuing their education at SAIC. SAIC is committed to interdisciplinary exploration and the awareness that the boundaries between artistic fields are not always easily defined. Students are encouraged to experience the full range of studio practices and academic approaches; they do not declare a major but are free to design a path of study that best suits their creative development.

    SAIC is located in the heart of downtown Chicago, home to the nation's second-largest art scene that includes world-class museums, 150 galleries, alternative spaces, and organizations that support the arts. Chicago is a city of diverse neighborhoods, each with its own atmosphere, customs, and cuisine. Students have a wide variety of cultural and recreational resources from which to choose: ballet, opera, theater, orchestra halls, cinemas, libraries, architecture, blues and jazz clubs, parks, ethnic restaurants, a variety of world-class sports venues, and street festivals.

     

    TOEFL scores and ESL Programs (English as a Second Language)

    TOEFL:
    Undergraduate:
    TOEFL: 82 IBT
    IELTS: 6.5
    Graduate:
    TOEFL: 85 IBT MFA Studio; 100 IBT MA, MFAW, MD programs
    IELTS:  6.5  MFA Studio; 7 MA, MFAW, MD programs


    ESL:
    Yes, for students admitted with low TOEFL scores.



    Application Deadline:
    Undergraduate: early action is December 1st. 
    Deadline for Freshmen Scholarships is February 1st for fall, November 1st for spring.


    Deadline for Transfer Scholarships is March 1st for fall, November 1st for spring
    Applications are available online, or can be downloaded and sent by mail from:
    http://www.saic.edu/apply/


    Graduate deadlines vary: most falling between January and April (most programs offer only fall intake).
    The application is available online at: http://www.saic.edu/apply/graduateadmissions/

     

    Study Illinois Institutional Contacts

    Larry Lee
    Associate Director of Admissions
    Transfer, Prior Degree, and International
    Phone: 011-312-629-6100
    Fax: 011-312-629-6101
    E-mail: admiss@saic.edu 


    Saskia Hofman
    Director of International Affairs
    Phone: 011-312-899-7402
    Fax: 011-312-629-9289
    E-mail: intaff@saic.edu