Current Featured Courses

August 15, 2017

Seems Real, On the Surface

Summer 2018

Students enrolled in the seminar will work between digital and physical models and will be familiarized with various rendering softwares, 3D scanning technologies, and VR systems. We will use these tools to develop projects and interventions that address issues of surface, image, perception, and materiality and that highlight the seams of our constructed reality.

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External Partnerships: Whatnot Studio

Fall 2018

External Partnership courses are structured collaborations between SAIC’s Designed Objects program and design fairs, events, product manufacturers and retailers. Whatnot Studio is a course that brings design experiments to life as real products. The Whatnot brand has been developed by SAIC’s Designed Objects program over seven years as a platform for showcasing the results of this year-long studio. 

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Design Action: Homan Square

Fall 2018

This multidisciplinary studio will build upon previous analysis of housing developments in North Lawndale, including some in historic districts, and newly proposed strategies for the production of affordable housing in underserved neighborhoods, to collaborate with community organizations, schools, and businesses on a supportive housing program.

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Go Fund Yourself!

Fall 2018

Go Fund Yourself! is a two-semester multidisciplinary studio course that immerses you in business practices related to your creative future. Over the year-long course, you will develop your own ideas into crowdfunding campaigns in direct partnership with advisors from Kickstarter. You will earn your own money in this class! 

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External Partnerships: Make/Move: Experiments in Urban Mobility

Fall 2018

This two semester experimental research and making studio, takes Chicago as an exemplar and focuses on the future of urban mobility and what data-driven, technological systems it will require. In addition to examining specific urban mobility behaviors within a city in order to identify new opportunities, students expand and rethink mobility by designing, making and deploying objects, tools, devices (possibly internet connected) and events, for creating greater insight into how and why people and things move around the city.

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Realizing Chambord

Summer 2018

The Domaine National de Chambord, and the office of Dominique Perrault Architect who will curate the exhibit, is inviting twenty architecture schools, worldwide, to propose a speculative vision for the monument, utilizing the concept of Utopia, which was essential at the time of its development.  The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is responding to this invitation and proposes a 3 credit elective multidisiplinary summer studio.

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Pedways: Chicago Underground

Fall 2018

Inviting students to explore the unique forms of study that occur below the surface, Pedways: Chicago Underground posits alternative narratives for the Pedway and the city through research, engagement, and art and design interventions on the space of the Pedway itself.

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SAIC Design @ Homan Square

Fall 2018

SAIC Design @ Homan Square combines professional practice design experience with community activism. Operating out of SAIC’s facility in the Nichols Tower at Homan Square, this studio course engages students in a focused dialogue on social project implementation in Chicago and provides the tools and frameworks to realize those projects. 

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Architecture/Interior Architecture Graduate Studio 2: Thick Skins

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Loop Post Office in Chicago provides an exemplary building for the study of skins in architecture. The building skin becomes a surface opened to investigations through the various strategies of material, perception, temporal and programmatic thickenings.

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Interior Architecture Graduate Studio 4: Autonomous Intelligent Transportation System

Today, creating a readily multipliable form of brand identity ranks high on the list of the client’s goals and their desire for effective messaging. Contemporary issues of urban sprawl, environmental concerns, speed of communication and effectiveness of high-performance work ground the subject of the semester’s design studio.  

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