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University History

The School of The Art Institute of Chicago was founded in 1866. It is a private art school associated with the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) in Chicago, Illinois. The institution grew into a museum and school. Since 1936, it has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, since 1944, by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design since and since 1991, by the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD).

In 1866 School of The Art Institute of Chicago was founded.  It is a private art school associated with the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The institution is founded by Chicago Academy of Design, which local artists formed in rented rooms on Clark Street. In 1882, the academy was renamed as the Art Institute of Chicago. The institution grew into a museum and school. Since 1936, it has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, since 1944, by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design since and since 1991, by the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). The banker Charles L. Hutchinson served as an elected president of School of the Art Institute of Chicago for a long time until his death in 1924. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers, and scholars for more than 155 years.

University Programs, Courses and Schools

The School of The Art Institute of Chicago has 24 academic departments. These departments offer wide learning opportunities and challenges to the students. Some of the departments of the School of The Art Institute of Chicago are;

  •  Academic Spine
  •  Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects
  •  Arts Administration and Policy
  • Art Education
  •  Art History, Theory, and Criticism
  •  Art & Technology Studies
  •  Art Therapy & Counseling
  •  Ceramics
  •  Contemporary Practices
  •  Fashion Design

University Achievements

The School of The Art Institute of Chicago is a well-known university in the USA. Forbes has ranked it among the top 600 regional universities. The institution is additionally accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. In 2002, SAIC was named the “most influential art school” in the United States of America, when a survey was conducted by Columbia University's National Arts Journalism Program. In 2020 and 2021, U.S. News and World Report ranked School of the Art Institute of Chicago as the second best overall graduate program for fine arts in the U.S.A tied with Yale University. In 2021, according to the QS World University Rankings by the subject Art and Design, the university was ranked at seventh position globally. 

University USP

The School of The Art Institute of Chicago is famous as it is ranked number two in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The university provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources which also includes the Art Institute of Chicago Museum, on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. Its museum is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the world and hosts approximately 1.5 million people yearly.

University Notable Alumni

School of The Art Institute of Chicago’s alumni has expert alumni from different backgrounds who are there to serve based on their common passion and responsibility towards the university. Some of the alumni members of School of The Art Institute of Chicago are-

  •  Ivan Albright (1897–1983)
  •  Thomas Hart Benton (1889–1975)
  •  Roger Brown (1941–1997)
  •  John Chamberlain (1927–2011)
  •  Eleanor Coen (1916–2010)
  •  Tatsu Aoki (b. 1957)
  •  Satoru Aoyama (b. 1973)
  •  Jeremy Blake (1971-2007)
  •  Jeffrey Brown (b. 1975)
  •  Paul Chan (b. 1973)
  •  Nora Dunn (b. 1952)
  •  John Gerrard (b. 1974)
  •  Victor Skrebneski (b. 1929)
  •  Lawrence Steele
  • Robert Storr (b. 1950)
  •  Kunie Sugiura (b. 1942)
  •  Donald Sultan (b. 1951)

University infrastructure & services

Campus

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago campus has many buildings;

280 Building, 280 S. Columbus Dr.

  •  There are 3 floors
  •  The building is home to various departments- Ceramics, Painting and Drawing, Performance, Photography, Print media, and Sculpture etc.

Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave. 

  •  There are 13 stories with one basement
  • This building serves as a home to various departments- Contemporary Practices, Art Therapy, Art Education, Writing, Fiber and Material Studies, Visual Communication Design it also hosts Deans and Division Chairs, President’s Office, Flaxman Library, Campus Life etc.

MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave. 

  •  There are 17 stories with 3 basements
  •  This building serves as a home to various departments-: Art History, Theory, and Criticism; Visual and Critical Studies; Liberal Arts; New Arts Journalism; Art and Technology Studies; Film, Video, New Media, and Animation; graduate studios; undergraduate studios etc.

Lakeview Building, 116 S. Michigan Ave. 

  •  There are 17 stories with 1 basement
  •  This building serves as a home to various departments-:  Wellness Center, graduate studios, general use classrooms, science labs, and Art Institute of Chicago Museum offices etc.

Sullivan Center, 36 S. Wabash Ave.

  •  There are 4 floors leased to SAIC
  •  This building serves as a home to various departments-:  Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects, Fashion Design as well as Office of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies; Student Affairs; Admissions; Financial Aid; Registrar; Continuing Studies; and graduate studios etc.

Libraries-

John M. Flaxman Library at School of The Art Institute of Chicago is an important part of the educational experience and an invaluable resource for students, faculty, staff, and alumni, but also for the broad community. The library offers a wide range of books and other materials and services to support academic studies and enhance research work at School of The Art Institute of Chicago. The library has a vast collection of books, e-journals and e-books etc. University libraries are focused to provide high-quality library resources, programs, and services to the students. The library provides flexible and well-equipped surroundings to everyone’s research and learning needs. The library supports the student learning experience, creation and administration of knowledge, and also contributes to advancements in teaching and research programs.

Housing services-

On-campus- School of The Art Institute of Chicago offers residential communities, where students from all over the country and the world live, learn and grow together. Students have an option to reside in the residential suites, the residence halls selected apartments. There are three residential places present on campus are- Jones Hall, The 162 North State Street Residences and The Buckingham. The School of The Art Institute of Chicago’s residential halls and apartments offer support and convenience, as well as opportunities for personal growth, cultural exploration, and interaction with all facilities and staff. The university’s residence halls are perfect for comfortable housing.  Students can select the room of their choice based on costs, hall facilities, location, availability. Through university’s affinity housing students can live in groups of like-minded students who share the same love for sports, literature, film and course. The various services offered in university’s residence halls are-

  •  Fully furnished rooms
  •  Large lounges with kitchens
  •  All-inclusive utilities
  •  Free Wi-Fi and cable TV
  •  Free laundry facilities
  •  Residence Life staff support
  •  Programming created around a residential curriculum
  •  24-hour security and on-call housing staff

Off-campus- School of The Art Institute of Chicago is partnered with Places4Students to assist students in finding off-campus housing near university’s campus.    The website gives students access to apartment listings that show photos, floor plans, and features. It can also be used to find a roommate. They provide convenient housing to students, faculty and staff nearby university.

Medical services-

The School of The Art Institute of Chicago provides medical services to students. The Health Services encourage students to live a healthy lifestyle in order to achieve their personal, academic and career goals. They also maintain an emergency response team which responds immediately to any accidents or injuries involving any person on campus. Primary and urgent healthcare, health clearances, routine women’s healthcare, emergency response and wellness education are all part of the services provided. The staff consists of certified physicians and nurses who are dedicated towards their work and provide high quality medical care to students. To report a medical emergency on campus call SAIC Security at 312.899.1230.  If anyone has general health-related questions they can call the free, 24-hour nurse advice line at 877.924.7758 24.

Student’s clubs-

School of The Art Institute of Chicago offers more than 70 students’ clubs and organization which provide wide range of opportunities for students to engross themselves. The university offers everything students need to stay active on campus. Some of the clubs at School of The Art Institute of Chicago are-

  •  Animate Club
  •  Chess club
  •  Heartbeat Dance club
  •  SAIC Anime & Gaming Club
  •  SAIC Climbing Club
  • SAIC Modern Dance Club

These are just a few clubs and organizations listed above. There are plenty of options to choose from and engage yourself.

University location

36 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, United States of America

Top Landmarks-

  •  Thorne Miniature Rooms
  •  Van Gogh's Bedrooms
  •  Chicago Skyline
  •  Symphony Center - Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  •  The Magic Parlor
  •  Chicago Detours
  •  Route 66

International student’s info

Courses Offered-

The School of The Art Institute of Chicago offers Undergraduate programs, Graduate programs and Professional Certificates. Some of the courses are-

  •  Architecture
  •  Art Education
  •  Fashion
  •  Ceramics
  •  Liberal Arts
  •  Photography
  •  Print media
  • Painting and Drawing
  •  Journalism
  •  Communication
  •  Science
  •  Writing

Student Support-

 The International Student Services at School of The Art Institute of Chicago provides international educational exchange via its services. It serves as the primary administrative, programming, and advising office for the international community. The office provides various services like-

  •  immigration assistance and support to international students and exchange visitors through advising, programs, workshops and events.
  •  serve as a guide for academic and administrative units in the collaboration, hiring and sponsorship of international students and exchange visitors.
  •  provides on-going orientation and support services in a welcoming environment designed to help students in cultural adjustment.

Visa and Immigration Support-

Only people who are enrolled full time in classes or are obtaining a degree are considered to be students for visa purposes. Individual will probably have one of two types of non-immigrant status:

  •  F-1 status: Most students are in F-1 visa status.
  • J-1 status: J-1 visa status is primarily for students who come to the United States during an exchange program, generally for a year or less.

If a person's main purpose at School of The Art Institute of Chicago is to work or do research (this includes Ph.D. researchers and research interns), he or she will come to university on H-1B visa. Most nonstudents come to university in J-1 or H-1B status.

J-1 Scholar status for non studentsmay be used for professors and researchers (who may stay up to five years), specialists in a field (who stay one year or less), and short-term scholars (who stay six months or less). 

International Student Contact-

Office address- International Affairs 
36 S. Wabash Ave, Suite 1203
E-mail- [email protected]

Students can schedule an online appointment by mailing at the above mail address. The timings to meet an advisor are 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Mon-Fri.

Student life

student society-

School of The Art Institute of Chicago’s student organizations or clubs are one of the best ideas to get involved in the campus. Organizations are assembled under an arrangement of causes, identities, and interests. Student organizations at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago put on some of the most highly awaited campus events and offer a wide range of opportunities for involvement and leadership every year. The School of The Art Institute of Chicago has over 70+ student organizations, so there is something for each student.

sports and fitness-

 The School of The Art Institute of Chicago provides activities that promote healthy lifestyles and fitness for a huge population of students, faculty and staff. The university provides various sports activities and fitness rooms to keep students fit and healthy.

Health & Wellbeing-

Health and Wellness at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago is to highlight the active process of change and growth that involves building resilience, persistence, and positivity in the phase of provocations. It is the initiative dedicated to help students incorporate in an overall well-being experience across campus. They allow students to actively indulge in well-being activities that provide support to a holistic lifestyle. Through this initiative, students will learn and understand resources and they will also learn how to help others in need.

Residential Life-

On-campus housing at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago can easily accommodate a huge population of students. The residence places include Jones Hall, The 162 North State Street Residences and The Buckingham. The on-campus housing offers Residential Based Learning Communities on designated floors, areas or buildings where students request to live near others that share an interest in a particular social cause or academic area.

food & drink-

The School of The Art Institute of Chicago provides a dining hall in the heart of campus. Dining is open to students, faculty, and staff. Dining plan offers different dining options which includes special dietary menus such as vegetarian and low-fat food. The plans are designed to fit the busy schedule of students, the plan assists all dietary preferences by providing a wide range of dining options and healthy food options. There are a number of cafes and restaurants available on-campus which provides a huge variety to students.

Short term getaways, weekend getaways

There are many short-term getaways near the School of The Art Institute of Chicago to have fun like-

  •  Thorne Miniature Rooms
  •  Van Gogh's Bedrooms
  •  Chicago Skyline
  •  Symphony Center - Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  •  The Magic Parlor
  •  Chicago Detours
  •  Route 66

and there are many other options also available to spend holidays and weekends.

Part time jobs

School of The Art Institute of Chicago provides part time employment opportunities to students who want to earn money while studying to pay their expenses. Most on-campus jobs during the fall and spring semesters are reserved for students with Work-Study earning eligibility and international students. The university helps students find part-time work that not only builds their bank account, it is also on or near campus, and gives them a relevant and meaningful career experience which enhances their resume.

Student Safety

Crime Around the area-

The School of The Art Institute of Chicago keeps safety at priority. University’s Police Department provides 24/7 assistance to deter crime, and to increase personal safety and building security. A security desk is located in the lobby of each residence hall, which assists 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to ensure the safety and identification of those entering and leaving the campus buildings. Students can call an officer to escort them anywhere on campus 24/7. The University is committed towards providing a safe, secure living and learning environment for all students, faculty and staff.

Famous courses

The famous courses at School of The Art Institute of Chicago are-

  •  Architecture
  •  Art Education
  •  Fashion
  •  Ceramics
  •  Liberal Arts
  •  Photography
  •  Print media
  •  Painting and Drawing

Campus recruitment

Process-

All Career and Professional Experience (CAPX) services at School of The Art Institute of Chicago have an award-winning placement team that is dedicated to supporting students throughout their placement search. The university hosts recruitment events to provide jobs to students.

Famous companies who recruit directly from School of The Art Institute of Chicago –

  •  Safavieh Group, LLC
  •  Zappos.com, Inc.
  •  General Cable
  •  Wisconsin Lions Camp
  •  Detroit Public Television
  •  Centier Bank
  •  Charleston County School District (SC)
  •  Eastern Michigan University
  •  Moosejaw
  •  West Michigan Environmental Action Council
  •  SRS Distribution
  •  Anderson University Residential MBA Program
  •  HBK Engineering, LLC
  •  Yazaki of North America, Inc.
  •  Procter & Gamble (P&G)
  •  Merlo Construction Company Inc.
  •  University of Hartford
  •  CVS Health
  •  Michigan Retailers Association
  •  Detroit Tigers
  •  Pasco County Schools
  •  OMD USA
  •  Panera Bread
  •  POOLCORP
  •  Riddle & Bloom
  •  Deloitte
  •  City of Grand Rapids
  •  Tim Hortons
  •  West Michigan Whitecaps
  •  Plastic Omnium, Auto Inergy Division
  •  Evan Guthrie Law Firm
  •  Michigan State University

Application Requirements

  • Create a new account
  •  Completed Application Form
  • Submit required support documents
  •  Academic Records
  • Pay the application fee 
  •  Statement of Purpose
  • Recommendations
  • Standardized Test Scores

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Programs

Program
Duration
Format
Tuition Fees
Deadlines
Standard Test

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Application Requirements

3.1
GPA
33
IB
80
Percentage
66%
Acceptance Rate

IELTS score requirements

A strong proficiency in the English language is essential for admission into universities in United States of America. To be able to get a successful admission in School of the Art Institute of Chicago in United States of America students need to complete IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5.

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago Cost of studies

Fees

Undergraduate: $47420.

Fees vary for each program. Please visit program page for specific fees.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Deadlines

Undergraduate: Fall- April 15, Spring- January 15

Graduate: Deadlines vary for each program.

Deadlines vary for each program. Please visit program page for specific deadlines.

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37 S. Wabash Avenue,United States of America

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(312) 629-6100