Film Learning School
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Film Learning Institute

The Film, Video, New Media, and Animation department (FVNMA) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) endorses and encourages experimentation with radical form and content. We are open to many approaches to and understandings of experimental media art. Our commitment to deep interdisciplinarity crosses a broad spectrum, including: cinema, digital video, time-based installation, and new media. We are theory practitioners for these art forms in all their contemporary venues: the museum, gallery, Internet, festival, cinematheque, street, microcinema, music club, mobile device, performance site, and public, community-based projects.

The department is dedicated to helping you develop your art practice in a variety of forms and contexts including the use of high definition video, new media art, experimental 3D animation, hand-drawn animation, and filmmaking. We support individual and collaborative forms of making media art in these expanded contexts.

Faculty and Visiting Artists

Our distinguished faculty bring diverse approaches to the classroom from their own work in experimental film, video, animation, nonfiction, narrative, installation, glitch, interactivity, art games, curating, archiving, and web-based art projects. You can also learn from internationally renowned artists, critics, historians, and curators who regularly visit through the department and SAIC's Visiting Artists Program.

Equipment, Facilities, and Resources

The SAIC FVNMA department provides you with the tools to create and the resources for installations, exhibitions, and screenings of your own work, your peers’ work, and the work of established artists. You will have access to:

  • The Video Data Bank, the leading resource in the United States for videos by and about contemporary artists
  • The Gene Siskel Film Center, one of the country's premiere screening venues dedicated to promoting alumni, student, and faculty work, as well as bringing internationally acclaimed filmmakers to Chicago and SAIC
  • The Conversations at the Edge series, a Thursday night series at the Film Center dedicated to the FVNMA department 
  • The Donna and Howard Stone Gallery for film, video, and new media in the Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing

Interested in learning more?

Click around this website for more information on the curriculum, faculty, and resources offered through the department.

Interested in learning how you can apply?

Visit the undergraduate or graduate admissions websites or contact the admissions office at 800.232.7242 or