The SAIC academic experience is about you—what you want to learn, what you want to make, who you want to be as artist, designer, or scholar. This is especially true of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree, which is the most customizable of the undergraduate degrees we offer. 

Below are three sample plans to demonstrate the many possible paths to completing a BFA degree. No matter what your degree, your academic advisor can help you go over your options and create a degree plan that you complete at your pace and with your goals in mind.

 Year 131.5 Credit Hours  
Fall Art History 1001
English 1001
Core Studio Practice I
Research Studio I
Wired
1 Studio Class
Spring Art History (1002–1016)
English 1005
Core Studio Practice II
Research Studio II
1 Studio Class

  The Summer/Winter Plan The Totally-up-to-you Plan The Jam-packed Plan
Year 2 30 Credit Hours27 credit hours36 Credit Hours
Fall 1 Art History class
3 Studio classes
1 Natural science class
1 Art History class
3 Studio classes
1 Natural science class
1 Art History class
3 Studio classes
1 Natural science class
1 Liberal Arts elective class
Spring 1 Art History class
3 Studio classes
1 Humanities class
1 Art History class
3 Studio classes
1 Art History class
3 Studio classes
1 Humanities class
1 General elective class
Summer 1 Studio class
1 Liberal Arts elective class
(6 credit hours)
1 Studio class
(3 credit hours)
 
 Year 330 Credit Hours33 Credit Hours33 Credit Hours 
Fall 1 Art History class
3 Studio classes
1 Social science class
1 Art History class
3 Studio classes
1 Social science class
1 Art History class
3 Studio classes
1 Natural science
1 Social science class
Winter   1 Liberal Arts elective class  
Spring 1 Art History class
3 Studio classes
1 Natural science class
1 Art History class
3 Studio classes
1 Natural science class
1 Art History class
3 Studio classes
1 Liberal Arts elective class
Summer    1 General elective class
1 Humanities class
1 Internship
(9 credit hours)
 
 Year 434.5 Credit Hours 28.5 Credit Hours 31.5 Credit Hours
 Fall 1 General elective class
2 Studio classes
1 Social science class
1 Liberal Arts elective class
1 General elective class
2 Studio classes
1 Social science class
1 Liberal Arts elective class
1 General elective class
3 Studio classes
1 Social science class
Winter 2 General electives,
or an internship,
or a study trip
   
Spring 1 General elective class
3 Studio classes
1 Humanities class
1 General elective class
3 Studio classes
1 Humanities class 
2 General elective classes
3 Studio classes
1 Humanities class 

 

The Academic Access Program

The Academic Access Program is an academic enrichment program in the Liberal Arts Department; for information, please visit the Academic Access Program (AAP) page.

What do AAP courses count as?

Most AAP students are admitted to SAIC through the BFA program. Each AAP course (Writing Skills I and II; Critical Reading I and II) count as general elective credits* hours, for a total of 12 credits. The BFA curriculum for AAP students is outlined below. Please visit the SAIC website for more on the school’s undergraduate degrees

BFA Program credits and AAP courses:

Studio72General Elective12Liberal Arts30Art History30
Core Studio PracticeI
Core Studio Practice II
Research Studio I
Research Studio II
Wired
Studio Electives
3
3
3
3
1.5
58.5
AAP Writing Skills I
AAP Writing Skills II
AAP Critical Reading I
AAP Critical Reading II
3
3
3
3
English 1001
English 1005
Humanity
Science
Social science
Liberal Arts elective
3
3
6
6
6
6
Art History 1001
Art History 1002+
Art History 2000–4000
3
3
12
Core, Research Studio, and Wired are all required first-year courses.   You take your required AAP courses during your first year.   You begin English courses and Liberal Arts after Writing Skills I and II are successfully completed.   You begin Art History courses after Critical Reading I and II are successfully completed.  

 

Below is a sample four-year degree plan for students in the AAP Program:

 Fall Winter Spring Summer 
Year 1  AAP Critical Reading I
AAP Writing Skills I
Core Studio Practice I
Research Studio I
SAIC Wired
3
3
3
3
1.5
    AAP Critical Reading II
AAP Writing Skills II
Core Studio Practice II
Research Studio II
Studio elective
3
3
3
3
   
   13.5       15     
Year 2 English 1001
Art History 1001
Studio elective
Studio elective
Studio elective
3
3
3
3
    English 1005
Art History 1002+
Sophomore seminar
Studio elective
Studio elective
3
3
3
3
3
Humanities
studio 
3
4.5
  15       15   7.5
Year 3 Science
Social science
Art History 2000–4000
Studio elective
Studio elective
3
3
3
3
3
    Humanity
Science
Art History 2000–4000
Studio elective
Studio elective
3
3
3
3
3
Social science 3
  15       15   3
Year 4 Liberal Arts elective
Art History 2000–4000
Studio elective
Studio elective
Studio elective
3
3
3
3
3
Studio elective Liberal Arts elective
Art History 2000–4000
Studio elective
Studio elective
Studio elective
3
3
3
3
3
   
  15   3   15    

 Note: This plan does not substitute for an explanation of degree requirements. Please review the BFA degree requirements, or meet with an Academic Advisor.‌

English for International Students (EIS)

SAIC offers English for International Students (EIS) courses to facilitate students' language development so that they are able to fully participate in their classes and receive the best education possible.

EIS classes include instruction in Academic English as well as practice in oral presentations and discussion.

In EIS English Language Fluency classes, students improve their reading comprehension and academic writing skills. Students read and respond to art appreciation and art history texts. Texts are analyzed for formal as well as contextual information. Students also build competence and confidence in college-level writing with an emphasis on self-editing. Topics include formal analyses or critical responses to works of art. Presentations and class discussions also give students practice communicating their knowledge through speaking. 

In EIS Critique classes, students build competence in giving critiques, participating in class discussions, and giving presentations. Students make artwork to present to their classmates. Reading and writing assignments help prepare students for their presentations, but the main focus is on speaking and class discussion.

Below are sample degree plans for students in the EIS program.

For students starting in a summer

(an option for certain new undergraduate students required to take EIS courses)

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) Total credits: 132**

TermStudio
Total credits: 72
(about 24 classes)
Art History
Total credits: 18
(about 6 classes)
Liberal Arts
Total credits: 30
(about 10 classes)
General Electives
Total credits: 12
(about 4 classes)
Summer       EIS: Fluency 3
(3 credits)

Students improve reading and writing skills
EIS: Critique
(3 credits)

Students improve studio critique and presentation skills 
Fall Required:
Core Studio Practice I (3)
Research Studio I (3)
CP:Wired (1.5)
Studio Elective (3)
Must complete EIS Fluency first Must complete EIS Fluency first EIS: Fluency 4
(3 credits)

Students continue to imporve reading and writing skills
 
Spring Required:
Core Studio Practice II (3)
Research Studio II (3)
1–2 Studio Electives
Prerequisite:
Art History Survey I (3)
Prerequisite:
First Year Sem I (3)
EIS: Tutorial
(1.5 credits)

Students receive personalized attention in small three-student, study groups
 
3rd sem 2–3 Studio electives
(60 or more studio credits or about 20 classes)
Prerequisite:
Art History Survey II (3)
Prerequisite:
First Year Sem II (3) 
EIS: Tutorial
(1.5 credits)
 
4th sem Required: Sophomore Seminar
1–2 studio electives
Art History Classes
(Total 12 credits or 4 classes)
(in any order)    
5th sem 2–3 Studio electives

Art History Classes
(continued)

Natural Science
(6 credits or 2 classes)
   
6th sem Required: Junior Seminar
1–2 Studio electives
Art History Classes
(continued)
Humanities
(6 credits or 2 classes)

   
7th sem  2–3 Studio electives Art History Classes
(continued)
Social Sciences
(6 credits or 2 classes)
   
8th sem Required: Senior Seminar
1–2 Studio electives
  Liberal Arts Electives
(6 credits or 2 classes)
   

For students starting in the fall

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) Total Credits: 132**

TermStudio
Total credits: 72
(about 24 classes)
Art History
Total credits: 18
(about 6 classes)
Liberal Arts
Total credits: 30
(about 10 classes)
General Electives
Total credits: 12
(about 4 classes)
Fall Required:
Core Studio Practice I (3)
Research Studio I (3)
Wired (1.5)
Studio Elective (3)
Must complete EIS Fluency first Must complete EIS Fluency first EIS: Fluency 3
(3 credits)

Students improve reading and writing skills
EIS: Critique
(3 credits)

Students improve studio critique and presentation skills 
Spring Required:
Core Studio Practice II (3)
Research Studio II (3)
1–2 Studio electives
Must complete EIS Fluency first Must complete EIS Fluency first EIS: Fluency 4
(3 credits)

Students continue to imporve reading and writing skills
 
3rd sem 2–3 Studio electives
(60 or more studio credits or about 20 classes)
Prerequisite:
Art History Survey I (3)
Prerequisite:
First Year Sem I (3)
EIS: Tutorial
(1.5 credits)

Students receive personalized attention in small three-student, study groups
 
4th sem Required: Sophomore Seminar
1–2 Studio electives
Prerequisite:
Art History Survey II (3)
Prerequisite:
First Year Sem II (3) 
EIS: Tutorial
(1.5 credits)
 
5th sem 2–3 Studio electives Art History classes
(Total 12 credits or 4 classes)
(in any order)    
6th sem 1–2 Studio electives

Art History classes
(continued)

Natural science
(6 credits or 2 classes)
   
7th sem 2–3 Studio electives Art History classes
(continued)
Humanities
(6 credits or 2 classes)

   
8th sem 1–2 Studio electives Art History classes
(continued)
Social sciences
(6 credits or 2 classes)
   
      LibArts Electives
(6 credits or 2 classes)
   

For students starting in the spring

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) Total Credits: 132**

TermStudio
Total credits: 72
(about 24 classes)
Art History
Total credits: 18
(about 6 classes)
Liberal Arts
Total credits: 30
(about 10 classes)
General Electives
Total credits: 12
(about 4 classes)
Spring Required:
Core Studio Practice I (3)
Research Studio I (3)
Wired (1.5)
Studio Elective (3)
Must complete EIS Fluency first Must complete EIS Fluency first EIS: Fluency 3
(3 credits)

Students improve reading and writing skills
EIS: Critique
(3 credits)

Students improve studio critique and presentation skills 
Fall Required:
Core Studio Practice II (3)
Research Studio II (3)
1–2 Studio electives
Must complete EIS Fluency first Must complete EIS Fluency first EIS: Fluency 4
(3 credits)

Students continue to imporve reading and writing skills
 
3rd sem 2–3 Studio electives
(60 or more studio credits or about 20 classes)
Prerequisite:
Art History Survey I (3)
Prerequisite:
First Year Sem I (3)
EIS: Tutorial
(1.5 credits)

Students receive personalized attention in small three-student, study groups
 
4th sem Required: Sophomore Seminar
1–2 Studio electives
Prerequisite:
Art History Survey II (3)
Prerequisite:
First Year Sem II (3) 
EIS: Tutorial
(1.5 credits)
 
5th sem 2–3 Studio electives Art History classes
(Total 12 credits or 4 classes)
(in any order)    
6th sem 1–2 Studio electives

Art History classes
(continued)

Natural science
(6 credits or 2 classes)
   
7th sem 2–3 Studio electives Art History classes
(continued)
Humanities
(6 credits or 2 classes)

   
8th sem 1–2 Studio electives Art History classes
(continued)
Social sciences
(6 credits or 2 classes)
   
      Liberal Arts electives
(6 credits or 2 classes)
   

Visit the English for International Students website to learn more about this program.