First-Time Freshman

Ann Hovet, SAIC Alum

One of the Most Prestigious Art Schools

Our innovative approach to art and design education has made SAIC one of the most prestigious art schools in the world. SAIC has produced the most Fulbright Scholars of any art and design school, we were called "the most influential art school in the United States," by Columbia University's Art Critics National Arts Journalism Survey, and our museum was recently voted the best in the world by TripAdvisor users. 

The Meaning Behind the Making

Here you will learn to uniquely problem-solve, preparing you to be a truly creative, innovative, and groundbreaking artist, designer, and scholar. We emphasize understanding the thinking behind your work and give you the tools and freedom to define your own creative pathway. This is why you will not declare a major, and the courses you take are graded on a credit/no-credit system.

Every course you take will not be an endless series of lectures, but an open and rigorous exchange among peers, and all of this takes place in one of the most dynamic and culturally rich cities in the world, Chicago.

The artists and designers that are our faculty, students, and alumni break boundaries and make history. We invite you to join them.