School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Founded in 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) provides a leading global vision for the education of artists, designers, and others who shape contemporary art practice. SAIC enriches its strong studio program with a first-rate, nationally and regionally accredited liberal arts education, and has one of the largest art history departments in the nation. SAIC is located in the heart of downtown Chicago, home to the nation’s second-largest art scene that includes world-class museums, galleries, alternative spaces, and arts organizations.
SAIC is distinct in the way that it provides graduate, post-baccalaureate, and undergraduate students an interdisciplinary curriculum and the necessary freedom to develop as artists, designers, and scholars. At the same time, we strive for a level of rigor, investigation, and cultural relevance that makes SAIC truly special. Our students translate the most complex ideas into tangible forms—paintings, sculptures, films, performances, books, installations, inventions, buildings, community projects, and, more often than not, a combination of the above. Few schools in the United States provide such a broad range of possibilities.