First-Time Freshmen: Portfolio
For incoming students, the art you create at SAIC will be completely different from the art you are creating now. You and your work will change and be a culmination of ALL your experiences at SAIC, from the hallway conversations with friends to rigorous studio critiques to meetings with artists who have changed the world.
So, although what you will create is unknown, what is known is that your work will positively add to the visual landscape we all inhabit.
As a prospective student of the visual arts, you will need to submit a portfolio of your best work. This will give us a sense of you, your interests, and your willingness to experiment, explore, and think beyond technical skills.
Like our unique interdisciplinary curriculum, our approach to what we want to see in a portfolio is distinctive as well. There is no one “right way” to construct a portfolio—you choose what to present to give us an understanding of your technical and conceptual skill set.
- Show us 10–15 of your best and most recent works.
- Use your portfolio to showcase your interests, skills, and creative potential.
- You may show us work created across media or focus entirely in one medium.
- Work can range from observational to abstract.
- We have no media-specific limitations nor do we present portfolio assignments.
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago requires that all applicants upload their work electronically through SlideRoom. You may access your SlideRoom account through SAIC's member screen within the Common Application under the Portfolio section. Please make sure your web browser has been updated to its latest version.
Guidelines for submitting work:
- Each digital image file can be saved as a .jpg, .gif., or .png, and must be at least 72 dpi.
- Film, video, and animation and/or sound portfolios may not exceed five minutes. You can include multiple clips of different projects within this five-minute limit.
- Original work portfolio—Actual work should be brought with you only when you are interviewing in person at the SAIC Admissions office, or National Portfolio Days. Do not mail portfolios of original work to the Admissions office.
- Do NOT upload PowerPoint presentations of your work.
Visit Portfolio Requirements by Degree Program for more detailed information regarding portfolios.
The Early College Program Summer Institute Advantage
- Earn college credits that may be transferred to whatever college you choose to attend.
- Successful completion of the program waives the portfolio requirement for admission to SAIC's undergraduate program.
- A large number of ECPSI students receive top merit scholarships to our undergraduate degree program.