Institutional and Regional Accreditation

The Art Institute of Chicago is a private, nonprofit corporation. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is a professional college of the visual and related arts, accredited since 1936 by the Higher Learning Commission and as a charter member since 1948 by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Higher Learning Commission
230 S. LaSalle St., suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1413

National Association of Schools of Art and Design
11250 Roger Bacon Dr., suite 21
Reston, VA 20190-5248

Education Program Certification

The BFA with an Emphasis in Art Education (BFAAE) and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) art education programs are certified by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

Art Therapy Program Approval

The Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling (MAAT) program is accredited by the Educational Program Approval Board of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA).

Architecture Program Approval

The Master of Architecture (MArch) degree program tracks listed below are accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB).

The National Architectural Accrediting Board provides the following statement:

“In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.”

NAAB formally granted SAIC accreditation for the professional Master of Architecture programs effective January 1, 2014 through 2022.

The four tracks of the Master of Architecture program:


SAIC is a member of:

Nondiscrimination Policy

It is the policy of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago not to discriminate on the basis of age, disability, color, creed, national origin, religion, race, sex or gender-related identity, or sexual orientation in student recruitment and admissions, in financial aid programs, in student and employee services, in educational programs and activities, or in employment practices.

For additional information

Please contact the Provost's Office to obtain or review a copy of the documents describing the institution's accreditation, approval, or licensing.