Student student-led organizations provide the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) students with an opportunity to connect with their peers, faculty, and staff outside of the classroom. Through these organizations students can engage in and impact the SAIC community, enhance the academic and social experiences of their peers, and gain valuable leadership experience. Student organizations receive a dedicated budget and have a paid advisor and specific facilities.

SAIC Student Organizations Include

Student Government

Advisor: Patrick Spence

Student Government works to address issues that will improve the overall sense of community and student satisfaction at SAIC. Student Government meets with students, plans informational meetings for the community, solicits feedback through surveys and other assessment, and provides guidance to the SAIC administration. Student Government members are elected in the spring for the following academic year. 

The Student Government Office is located in the LeRoy Neiman Center, Sharp Building, 37 South Wabash Avenue, suite 202.

Student Programming Board

Advisor: Chinwuba Okafor

The Student Programming Board (SPB) plans activities and events on campus for all SAIC students. While the SPB plans events all over campus, most activities are held in the LeRoy Neiman Center. Events include things such as movie nights, artists’ talks, dance parties, and live music. The SPB also helps facilitate events and activities planned by other departments in the school.  Students are hired to serve on the Student Programming Board.

Student Union Galleries

Advisor: Trevor Martin

The Student Union Galleries (SUGs) program provides SAIC with a professional student exhibition space operated by students. Students are involved in every facet of the gallery’s operation from program design to curating, advertising, and installation.

Free Radio SAIC

Advisor: Exal Iraheta

Free Radio SAIC is SAIC’s student-run Internet radio station, broadcasting daily to a global audience. The station uses an open format, so that individual DJs, performers, and sound artists program the content for their shows according to their own interests. The station provides an unconventional and engaging radio station that airs live shows and keeps a streaming archive of shows available online.


Advisor: Exal Iraheta

ExTV is a student-run, experimental TV station broadcasting via the web, on-campus monitors, and at on-campus events such as the Undergraduate Film/Video Festival. ExTV uses its challenging and engaging programming to foster a greater sense of community at SAIC by showcasing student, faculty, staff, and alumni time-arts work.

F Newsmagazine

Advisor: Paul Elitzik
Design Advisor: Michael Miner

One of the country's leading student publications, F Newsmagazine is SAIC’s award-winning monthly student publication that is read all over the city and published monthly during the academic year. SAIC students design and edit the publication, making every editorial decision.

F Newsmagazine editors are always looking for writing, illustration, and photography from students, both for the print and web editions. Follow on the web for additional articles and videos.