Design for Emerging Technologies: Graduate Overview
Most Master of Fine Arts (MFA) students in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) Department of Design for Emerging Technologies come from traditional design disciplines such as architecture, interior architecture, industrial design, and interior design, as well as from industry, practice, and the creative arts. The program launches future individual voices able to lead in changing the field from the inside out—connecting past traditions with future possibilities.
At SAIC, you will study with world-class faculty who work in the critical foundations of new technologies and their design implications and whose research includes the use of processes such as:
- Simulation techniques
- Parametric and computation-based modeling
- The interaction of electronic and physical forms of modeling
- Rapid prototyping
- Networked embedded microcontrollers
- High-level interaction scripting languages
The cornerstone of SAIC’s graduate studio program is its focus on tutorially guided studio practice. Each semester in addition to selecting from graduate advisors in the department, you will select from more than 100 graduate faculty advisors at SAIC, representing a myriad of disciplines, approaches, and intellectual positions. Ultimately, it is the student's work that drives the choice of advisor, and both disciplinary and interdisciplinary work is supported and advanced. Faculty from the academic programs in Art History, Arts Administration and Policy, Art Education, and Visual and Critical Studies also serve as graduate advisors, providing yet more expertise in support of SAIC Graduate Projects.
Critique Week, one of the principle means of assessment each semester, is a week-long schedule of critiques during which classes are suspended and the entire faculty and invited visiting artists and designers assemble into panels that conduct intensive studio critiques with all studio and writing graduate students.
Fall semester critiques are organized by department, with panels representing the discipline. They provide you an opportunity to have your work evaluated by the department, look at your work from a disciplinary point of view, and reinforce the expectations for your graduate study.
Spring semester critiques are interdisciplinary, with panel members of faculty, visiting artists, and peers from across SAIC departments. Interdisciplinary critiques in the spring semesters allow for a broader range of responses to the work, and are intended to assess the success of your work for a more general, yet highly informed, audience.
Studio critiques are required of every full-time graduate student pursuing an MFA in Studio or Writing degree. Typically, SAIC graduate students have at least four critique panels throughout their studies at SAIC, augmenting biweekly tutorials with their graduate advisors.