School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Private

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Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Illinois


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the largest accredited independent schools of art and design in the country. SAIC offers a broad and dynamic spectrum of study including art and technology; arts administration; art history, theory, and criticism; art education and art therapy; fashion design; filmmaking; historic preservation and interior architecture; painting and drawing; performance; photography; printmaking; sculpture; sound; time arts (time-based media); video; visual communication; and writing. A comprehensive program in liberal arts emphasizes the critical role that humanities, mathematics, and sciences play in artists' development.

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Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 3073
Total Grad Students: Not available
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Faculty: 138

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 22:1
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Contact Information

36 S Wabash
Chicago Illinois 60603


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Main Phone: 312-629-9610

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Admissions Contact:
Larry Lee
Associate Director of Transfer Student Admissions, Admissions

Transfer Services Contact:

International Admissions Contact:
Scott B. Ramon
Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Admissions

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Applying to Transfer

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Minimum Grades for Transfer:
Only courses for which a student has earned a grade of "C" or better, or its equivalent, at a regionally accredited institution are eligible for transfer.

Credits (Min/Max):
Transfer students are eligible to transfer up to 33 studio credits towards the BFA and BIA degrees, 30 towards the BFAAE, 24 towards our BAVCS and BFAAH.

Test Scores for Applying:
You are required to submit SAT/ACT test scores if you graduated from high school in the last five years but have not yet completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
SAIC requires a reference letter written by an instructor or other professional that evaluates your motivation, commitment, maturity, and potential to succeed at the School.

Essay(s) required:
A personal essay that provides insight into your specific reasons for applying to SAIC is required. You should discuss your interests, influences, educational goals, and anything else you want us to know about your interest in art or design.

Application Fee:
There is a $65 nonrefundable application fee.

Other Requirements:
A portfolio is required, and a portfolio inventory should be included with your application. As of 2004‹¥¢c¥†c¥_2005, the minimum residency requirement is 60 semester hours - 39 in studio, and 21 in art history, liberal arts, or general electives.

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