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Admissions Requirements

Admissions Tests Required: Required
Formal Demonstration of Competencies: Required
Recommendations: Required
Secondary School Record: Required
TOEFL: Required
Common Application Accepted: Yes

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Special Factors

AP Acceptance: Yes
Credit for Life Experience: No

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Contact Info

36 S Wabash Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 629-6100
Admissions Phone: (312) 629-6100
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Student Responses to Review Topic: Tips for Prospective Students
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  • Sarah from MA
  • Dec-22-2016 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Attend an SAIC day and have a portfolio review! Simply by doing this, your application fee will be waived and you may be considered as a prime candidate for a merit scholarship. All applicants are automatically considered for these scholarships, but this will give you a leg up on the competition. In your portfolio, focus on concepts and experimentation rather than technical skill. SAIC is very concept-heavy and loves when students take risks. Don't bring a car! Parking in a city is always brutal, there is a train directly next to the school, and taking it is far cheaper than the cost of a car.

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  • Anon
  • Dec-11-2016 I am a current student here

    SAIC is a top ranked school, but it is HIGHLY conceptual. Don't expect any technical instruction. If you're planning on studying fashion and would actually like to be a working designer, don't come to SAIC. Real-world practicalities like getting a job, pricing work, and life beyond undergrad are avoided like the plague. Another thing to consider: you will not have time to have a job as a full time student here, and there aren't many on campus jobs for freshman. In my opinion and from talking to people, RISD and SCAD are far superior schools.

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  • Erin from Chicago, IL
  • Sep-19-2016 I am a current student here

    If you are ready to challenge yourself through art then I believe this school is perfect for you.

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  • Yitzhak from Oak Park, MI
  • Apr-30-2015 I am a past student here

    Be 100% sure that you want to study art if you're going to come here. Classes tend to fill up quickly so register early, especially if you are a freshman. Student orgs aren't a big part of SAIC so be prepared to make friends during orientation and classes. If you've never been in an art critique before, it can be hard to get used to them, just try your best.

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