Established in 1886, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is an art school affiliated with the Art Institute and one of the oldest design schools in the nation. SAIC confers bachelor’s degrees in Art Education, Studio, Writing, Art History, and Visual Studies and its Studio degrees feature 13 artistic concentrations. Technically located in the business district of Chicago, SAIC offers study abroad programs at several other art and design institutions in locations such as London, Seoul, Zurich, and Vancouver. Outside of the classroom, all students are invited to exhibition openings at the school’s Student Union Galleries and Sullivan Galleries.
Yes, SAIC is an expensive school, but for good reason: the resources available here are better than most art schools in the country, let alone the art programs at big universities that are better known for their research studies. However, if your only ambition to become the best technical painter there ever was, think twice. SAIC is a very conceptual school, and your work has to do more than look good. The best aspect of the school is certainly the amount of freedom it gives to allow students to study multiple artistic disciplines. It's common (and encouraged) for one student to take courses in Sound, Designed Objects, Painting, etc.
Claire from Chicago, IL
Interdisciplinary, major-less environment. Tons of opportunities. Very conceptual and design-y.