College Credit Programs

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) accepts credits from the following programs.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

SAIC recognizes the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), which is administered by the College Board.

Students are awarded six semester credit hours if they score a minimum of 421 on a general exam. For each subject area exam, students must earn a score that is at least equivalent to a grade of C for that subject. CLEP credits are considered transfer credits, and must be submitted at the time of enrollment.

Advanced Placement  (AP) Credit

Applicants admitted to an undergraduate program at SAIC receive 3 semester credit hours for each art history, liberal arts, or studio art Advanced Placement exam on which they receive a score of 4 or 5.

Maximum of 9 credits granted.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

International Baccalaureate classes are granted credit for courses taken on the higher level. Scores of five or above receive six credit hours provided that the subject area is compatible with SAIC's curriculum.

Maximum of 12 credits granted.