Transfer & Prior Degree Students

Sean Gallero and Petra Bachmaier

Join a Community of Peers

SAIC's interdisciplinary curriculum provides an ideal educational environment for advanced-level study in the arts. SAIC believes that transfer students bring with them a wide variety of experiences and skills, and enrich our educational community.  Whether you are transferring to SAIC's undergraduate program from a community college or university, or you already hold a bachelor's degree (prior-degree student), you will be surrounded by like-minded individuals who are intensely interested in reshaping the visual landscape. Each year one third of our class is composed of transfer students.

Our unique resources including the Art Institute of Chicago, Gene Siskel Film Center, Video Data Bank, Visiting Artists Program, and Media Centers, are designed to support your growth as an artist, designer, and scholar.

Many students who transfer to SAIC have already engaged in various professional activities, including exhibiting their work, freelancing, publishing, and other forms of creative output. Whether you are transferring to SAIC’s undergraduate program from a community college or university, or if you already hold a bachelor’s degree, your presence here adds to the diversity of our community.

Throughout the admissions process, we will provide the support you need to successfully merge your past academic, professional, and personal experiences with the unparalleled educational resources only offered at SAIC.

We look forward to working with you soon.

Transfer Credits

We will accept transfer credits for courses in which you have earned a grade of C or better, or its equivalent, at a regionally accredited institution. As a transfer student, all of your credits from previous institutions must be accepted for transfer prior to the end of your first semester of study at SAIC. Learn more about transferable credits and academic requirements.