The Department of Ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The Department of Ceramics at SAIC is a model of interdisciplinary investigation where art, design, and craft are the fields of research and innovation.

"Saturday with SAIC": October 15

3 - 6 p.m. CT

Join us for a pre-National Portfolio Day event "Saturday with SAIC" featuring campus tours and helpful tips on making the most of your National Portfolio Day experience!

Chicago National Portfolio Day: October 16

12-4 p.m. CT

Meet with reps from SAIC and over 60 nationally accredited art and design schools to get expert feedback on your portfolio.

Drawing from a wealth of technical and cultural traditions as well as from high-tech industrial applications, you will engage in a the study and practice of ceramics that is unique and urgently contemporary. The SAIC Ceramics department reflects and embraces these contradictions, offering courses exploring interdisciplinary topics in ceramics such as the intersections of and shared methods, materials, and critical discourse among Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects, Fiber and Material Studies, Sculpture and Performance. 

SAIC offers one of the few ceramics graduate programs that focuses on experimental, contemporary ceramics, allowing you to move fluidly across materials and methods, using exploration of clay, sculpture, and studio pottery as a springboard for more personal and contemporary sculptural making. Free bulk materials allow for unlimited experimentation in the medium.

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