- 4 Year
- CHICAGO, IL
- Academicsgrade B minus
- Valuegrade C minus
- Diversitygrade A+
- Campusgrade B
- Athleticsgrade unavailable
- Party Scenegrade B
- Professorsgrade B minus
- Locationgrade A
- Dormsgrade A minus
- Campus Foodgrade B+
- Student Lifegrade B+
- Safetygrade B+
Ranked #2 Graduate Fine Arts Program in the US
#7 Art and Design School in the World
Founded in 1866, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is one of the most historically significant accredited independent schools of art and design in the world. We are ranked among the top ten art and design schools in the world by QS World University Rankings; we were named “the most influential art college in the United States” by Columbia University’s National Arts Journalism survey; and are ranked the #2 graduate fine arts program in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
SAIC is distinct in providing an interdisciplinary curriculum, cutting-edge facilities, renowned faculty, exceptional resources including the Art Institute of Chicago, and the necessary freedom to develop as artists, designers and scholars.
We are dedicated to providing a complete liberal arts education as well as the arts and design education that will serve our alumni throughout their multifaceted careers.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Rankings
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Most Popular Majors
- Studio Arts617 Graduates
- Creative Writing12 Graduates
- Art History10 Graduates
- Visual and Performing Arts10 Graduates
- Interior Architecture0 Graduates
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio
One of SAIC’s most distinguishing features is our interdisciplinary curriculum. At SAIC you will not declare a "major" and you will not be bound to work in a single discipline! Students have the creative freedom to explore and customize their education among our 18 departments, and are always free to choose the appropriate media to best realize their visions.
- Mix of Online and on Campus63%
- On Campus7%
- Unique and creative34%
- So unique they're not unique anymore24%
- Some are pretentious, but the art makes up for it.8%
- Weird and unique and nice and supportive8%
- Conceptual and Progressive57%
- Expensive, unique, conceptual, progressive20%
- Expensive and somewhat elitist but unique13%
- Not for everyone, but the best for me.8%
- Current conceptual3%
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Reviews
Studio work is self-directed, and it requires a strong drive and discipline to succeed. SAIC's pass/fail grade system and its diversity of art philosophies and practices among students and teachers make navigating one's personal artistic vision and sense of validation difficult to maintain.
Some students cannot reconcile the expense of the tuition at this school and the inherent nature of a 'starving artist'. College and art schools are particularly expensive. A good artist shows the world what it is missing not what it expects. This school prepares you for making your art in an indifferent world.