The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio program provides students who have an undergraduate degree with an opportunity to expand their work in a large professional fine arts school environment. The two-semester program is designed to help students develop their artistic vision and technical proficiency and produce a strong body of work for the purpose of graduate admissions.
Applicants to the program may be:
- Individuals with a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science who need an additional year of studio experience to prepare a portfolio
- Individuals with a degree in art who wish to pursue work in a medium different from their undergraduate major
- International students requiring a year of intensive studio work typical of the United States educational system before beginning a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program
The curriculum combines the tutorial aspects of graduate school with the formal coursework of an advanced undergraduate program. Students supplement their studio work with two art history classes, a one-semester post-baccalaureate seminar (or equivalent studio work), and an optional studio seminar.
Completion of the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio does not guarantee admission to SAIC's MFA in Studio program. Credits taken while a post-baccalaureate student cannot be counted toward an MFA in Studio degree at SAIC should you later be accepted into that program.