Film, Video, New Media, and Animation

The Film, Video, New Media, and Animation department (FVNMA) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) endorses and encourages experimentation with radical form and content.

Undergrad Info Session: How to Apply For Financial Aid Using the FAFSA

Thursday, December 1, 6:30 p.m. CT

Learn how to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), apply for scholarships, identify other sources of funding, and understand your financial aid award.

Meet with Graduate Admissions Across the US

SAIC Day New York City, 12/10: RSVP
One-on-one meetings in select cities: RSVP

Our commitment to deep interdisciplinarity crosses a broad spectrum, including: cinema, animation, time-based installation, and new media. We are theory practitioners for these art forms in all their contemporary venues: the museum, gallery, Internet, festival, cinematheque, street, microcinema, music club, mobile device, performance site, and public, community-based projects.

Working closely with SAIC graduate advisors of their choice, students are encouraged to create a course of study informed by their own goals for their work as artists. Considerable weight is given to establishing a theoretical and historical context for understanding individual work, the work of other artists, and the work of media in general.

Faculty and Visiting Artists

The Film, Video, New Media, and Animation department's distinguished faculty reflect the many and diverse approaches to experimental film, video, and media making, including 2D and 3D animation, nonfiction narrative, installation, interactivity, and web-based work. 

Internationally distinguished artists, critics, historians, and curators regularly visit through the department's weekly series, Conversations at the Edge. 

Equipment, Facilities, and Resources

Important and extensive resources that students in the Film, Video, New Media, and Animation department have access to include: 4K digital cameras and 16 film equipment; two shooting studios; a state-of-the-art sound mixing suite; individual high-end editing suites, as well as the Video Data Bank, the leading resource in the United States for videos by and about contemporary artists; the Gene Siskel Film Center.

The Video Data Bank, the leading resource in the United States for videos by and about contemporary artists

The Gene Siskel Film Center, one of the country's premiere screening venues dedicated to promoting alumni, student, and faculty work, as well as bringing internationally acclaimed filmmakers to Chicago and SAIC

Our Conversations at the Edge series, a Thursday night series at the Film Center dedicated to the FVNMA department 

The Donna and Howard Stone Gallery for film, video, and new media in the Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing