Established in 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is a private institution and one of America's largest accredited independent schools of art and design located in the Loop in Chicago, Illinois. The school is associated with the museum of the same name, and "The Art Institute of Chicago" or "Chicago Art Institute" often refers to either entity.
SAIC offers classes in art and technology; arts administration; art history, theory, and criticism; art education and art therapy; ceramics; fashion design; filmmaking; historic preservation; architecture; interior architecture; designed objects; journalism; painting and drawing; performance; photography; printmaking; sculpture; sound; time arts (time-based media); video; visual communication; visual and critical studies; and writing. The school also offers low-residency master's degree programs in Studio and Writing. It serves as a resource for issues related to the position and importance of the arts in society.
The totals student population at the school is more than 3,500 students of which over 2,800 are enrolled in the undergraduate programs. The student to faculty ratio at the school is 10:1 and the acceptance rate is 59%. The faculty at the SAIC includes world renowned artists, designers, and scholars.
Undergraduate international students are eligible for merit-based scholarships, as are graduate international students, which are awarded during the admission process. International students are not eligible for need-based federal financial aid, however they are eligible to work on-campus for up to 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters and 40 hours per week during the summer and winter sessions.
Notable Alumni: Georgia Totto O'Keeffe (American artist, best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes), LeRoy Neiman (American artist known for his brilliantly colored, expressionist paintings and screen prints of athletes, musicians, and sporting events), Elizabeth Murray (American painter, printmaker and draughtsman)
Student Faculty Ratio