A Liberal Arts Education 

We believe that meaning and making go hand-in-hand. At SAIC, you receive a liberal arts education with studio practice at its core, allowing you to produce well-informed work that engages social, philosophical, and scientific aspects of our complex world.

Liberal arts courses comprise 25 percent of your degree requirements. You will be completing coursework in English, natural science, social science, and the humanities. 

Our offerings run the gamut from traditional coursework to art and design-centered classes like Art and Economics, Geometry of Art & Nature, and Psychology of Art and the Artist. 

Art History

BFA Students will be taking at least 18 hours of art history credits—the equivalent of a minor at most other universities—to learn how ideas, materials and techniques, even from ancient times, may be used now, and how each movement in the arts is dependent on those that have came before. 

Our curriculum is the most extensive of its kind in the country. We offer more than 100 courses each semester on topics ranging from History of Graffiti to History & Technique: The Old Masters Drawings and Photography in Africa.