In addition to academic guidance, students enrolled at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) have a number of resources at their disposal to help ensure success in their degree programs.

Academic Access Program

The Academic Access Program (AAP) is a probationary academic enrichment program for freshmen and transfer students that strengthens the skills they need to pursue a degree at SAIC.

The AAP informs students of their admission to SAIC through the program when they are accepted to the school. The decision is based on the academic competency assessment during the admission process.

Students are enrolled in AAP courses during their first year on campus. While they may begin their studies in art immediately, they must successfully complete their required AAP courses before they can enter the full academic program of SAIC. Students may only continue their studies toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree on the condition that they earn credit in their required AAP classes.

Visit the Academic Access Program website to learn more about this program.

English for International Students

For many international students, their success depends on improving their English skills significantly. 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.

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