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Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects
The William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Lecture Series
Featured Course: No Discipline
No Discipline is a one-semester course, cross-listed in AIADO and Sculpture that is about transgressing the norms of art and design. It helps students recognize, critique and challenge the received “wisdom” that has built up around each discipline, and use this knowledge to create critical objects.
The William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Visiting Professor
The William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Visiting Professor in the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects is appointed to contribute experimental practices to an interdisciplinary community of artists and designers. The Mitchell Visiting Professor holds a full-time, one year appointment to teach two, three-credit courses or one six-credit courses a semester. In addition, the Mitchell Professor delivers a public lecture or organizes a public program as part of the Department's Mitchell Lecture Series.
SAIC/AIC Lecture Series
As a student at SAIC, we encourage everyone to take advantage of the school's Visiting Artists Program (VAP) lecture series as well as the Architecture and Design Society series offered through the museum's Department of Architecture and Design.
Find the right degree for you
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO) offers six graduate-level Master of Architecture (MArch), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), and Master of Design (MDes) degrees and is part of the Bachelor of Fine Arts pathways.
- Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio (Interior Architecture Pathway)
- Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio (Architecture Pathway)
- Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio (Designed Objects Pathway)
- Master of Architecture
- Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture
- Master of Design in Designed Objects
- Master of Fine Arts in Studio, Architecture
- Master of Fine Arts in Studio, Designed Objects
- Master of Fine Arts in Studio, Design for Emerging Technologies
Explore other departments and areas of study
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.