So how do you apply to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)? Even though our curriculum is unlike any other school, our application process is similar to other art and design schools. You will need to fill out an application and submit your standardized test scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation. And most importantly, we require a portfolio of your best and most recent work—work that will give us a sense of you, your interests, and your willingness to explore, experiment, and think beyond technical art and design skills.