Degrees Offered: B. F. A. with departmental or interdisciplinary emphasis; SAIC departments include Animation, New Media and Visual Communication Design. M. F. A. Visual Communication Design
Tuition Information: Undergraduate $29,544; graduate $31,224 for the 2011 – 2012 school year
37 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603
Scope of Program:
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is known for its interdisciplinary approach to the study of art. After completing the First Year Program, students may create their own programs of study or work within one of the school's many art and design departments. The school's credit/no credit grading system is designed to promote creativity.
B. F. A. students interested in Animation and Emerging Technologies may take courses in animation history, drawing for animation, 2D and 3D animation, flash programming, web art, immersive environments and advanced projects. Students wishing to specialize in New Media may study animation, puppet animation, storyboarding, art game studies and media practices. Bachelor's degree candidates who focus on Visual Communication Design can concentrate on illustration technologies, typography, graphic design and digital interactive design; they may also present a B. F. A. show.
M. F. A. candidates attend graduate critique seminars in a variety of disciplines. They also study contemporary design practice, physical and interactive communications and studio art while developing their theses and exhibitions.
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago requires all applicants to submit a portfolio with the application form. All undergraduates must purchase an Apple laptop computer. Merit scholarships and graduate teaching assistantships are available.