Undergraduate Academic Spine

The Academic Spine is a required three-course sequence for all undergraduate degrees. The three courses provide a structure of peer support and intensive faculty mentoring as students navigate SAIC’s open curriculum.

The Sophomore Seminar, taken in the spring of the second year, is an interdisciplinary studio seminar that will hone critique skills and provide guidance to focus the developing portfolio. The Professional Practice Experience, taken in the third year, will expose students to key real-world, hands-on professional skills, such as proposal-writing and networking, and will assist in developing effective strategies for speaking about art and design work with a variety of audiences. Our Capstone course, taken in the final semester of study provides targeted advising for the thesis work in preparation for exhibiting in the BFA Show, participating in Time Arts screenings, Performance Festivals, or Academic Symposia. All of the Spine courses are offered through multiple departments across the school.

Academic Spine Courses Required for Freshman Entering SAIC Fall 2015 and Beyond

  • Sophomore Seminar (SOPHSEM 2900) is taken in the spring of the second year of study.
  • Professional Practice Experience (PROFPRAC 3900) is taken in the third year of study, either in the fall or spring semester.
  • Capstone (CAPSTONE 4900) is taken in the final semester of study.

Academic Spine Courses Required for Transfer Students Entering SAIC Fall 2015 and Beyond

Transfer students must first complete CP 1010: Research Studio for Transfers

  • Professional Practice Experience (PROFPRAC 3900) is taken in the third year of study.
  • Capstone (CAPSTONE 4900) is taken in the final semester of study.