We Are Explorers

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) core values inform every facet of the SAIC experience. And central to these values is the dedication to exploration. At SAIC you will be prepared to be an artist, writer, designer, scholar, educator, creative leader, or a unique combination of each. Our open curriculum will support you should you choose to explore and develop a hybrid practice among multiple disciplines or choose to concentrate your studies in one discipline.

SAIC’s departments and interdisciplinary areas of study provide a rich diversity of curricular offerings to support the undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs. Through faculty and academic advisor guidance, you can customize your education within an open framework tailored to your creative goals. Our process mirrors the way practicing artists, designers, and scholars work—beginning with the idea and freely exploring processes and materials to fully realize your vision.