As a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) student in the Department of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), you will have the chance to help run an impressive visiting artists program called Parlor Room. Photography graduate students budget and curate the series, which is tightly integrated into the curriculum, through public presentations, one-on-one studio visits, and informal group events with graduate students and faculty. Recent visiting artists have included:

 Visiting Artists from 2011–12 are:

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Hands-on Opportunities

Within various conceptual structures, you will gain a strong critical, historical, and theoretical grounding for your work. In addition to your core coursework, you will have the following opportunities:

You will also be encouraged to move among departments to expand and consider your image-making process.

Graduate Projects

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 HistoryArts Administration and PolicyArt Education, and Visual and Critical Studies also serve as graduate advisors, providing yet more expertise in support of SAIC Graduate Projects.

Critique Week

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.

Interested in learning more?

Continue to explore the SAIC Photography department websiteto learn more about our curricular offerings, faculty, students, alumni, and more or visit the Master of Fine Arts in Studio degree program for detailed information or schedule a tour.

Interested in learning more about how you can apply?

Visit the graduate admissions website or contact the graduate admissions office at 800.232.7242 or gradmiss@saic.edu.