Visit and Events

Undergraduate Application Deadline: February 1

Learn more about how to apply or start your application

 

SAIC hosts and attends multiple in-person events on campus and across the world each year, so you can meet with us in your city or come see us here in Chicago. See all upcoming events below:​

National Portfolio Days

National Portfolio Days (NPDs) take place throughout the year, and SAIC participates in all of them. Representatives from SAIC are ALWAYS available to provide 10-15 minute portfolio reviews of prospective students' work, give you valuable feedback and guidance on your portfolio before you submit it as part of your application, and to speak about SAIC's curriculum. 

You may bring your physical work to the event, or share digital work on your personal tablet or laptop. We are happy to look at a combination of physical and digital work as well.

Date and Time City Address RSVP Link
Saturday, January 22, 2022
12-4 p.m. ET
Miami, FL New World School of the Arts
Chapman Conference Center
300 NE 2nd Ave, Rm 3210
Miami, FL 33132
RSVP
Sunday, January 23, 2022
12-4 p.m ET
Sarasota, FL Ringling College of Art & Design
2700 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234
RSVP

SFS: Understanding Your Financial Aid Award and Cost

Thursday, February 10, 2022
6:30 p.m. CT
RSVP

Representatives from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)'s Student Financial Services department will discuss SAIC award packages, completing the budgeting worksheet, and outside scholarships. There will be time during and after the presentation to ask questions.


Online National Portfolio Days

Friday, February 18
7-11 p.m. CT RSVP

Saturday, March 12
12 - 4 p.m. CT RSVP

National Portfolio Days (NPDs) take place throughout the year, and SAIC participates in all of them. Representatives from SAIC are ALWAYS available to provide 10-15 minute portfolio reviews of prospective students' work, give you valuable feedback and guidance on your portfolio before you submit it as part of your application, and to speak about SAIC's curriculum. 


 

Take a live tour of our campus and residence halls with our current students, and ask any questions you have!

Virtual: Wednesdays at 4:00 pm CT

On-Campus: Daily, Monday - Friday and select Saturdays (Please plan to arrive 30 minutes in advance for check-in.)

A maximum of 3 people are allowed per party, including the prospective student.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and advance registration required.

Schedule a Virtual or In-Person Tour
Take an on-demand tour of our Residence Halls

Can't attend our live tour?

Check out our self-guided virtual tour.

If you would like to meet with us or have us review your portfolio virtually, you may schedule an appointment online or contact us at ugadmiss@saic.edu or 1.312.629.6100. All appointments are in central time, please schedule accordingly.

During these 30-45 minute virtual sessions, faculty, alumni and admissions counselors will provide valuable feedback on your work for both admission and merit scholarship consideration. Have sketchbooks, finished pieces, and your questions prepared.

You will present images of your work live via screen-share. You can also share links with the reviewer utilizing the Zoom chat box. You don't need to upload anything in advance.

Our admissions counselors are happy to meet with you and assist you through the admissions process. Engage with our representatives about SAIC, your work, our curriculum, and get a better sense of what it is like to be a student at SAIC. Call us any time M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (CT) at 1.312.629.6100 or 1.800.232.7242.

Meet Your Admissions Counselor

Korea Interviews and Portfolio Reviews

December 13-18, 2021
Reserve your time

Hotel Cappuccino
Bongeunsa-ro, 155, Gangnam-gu, 
Seoul, Korea

Sign up to meet with an SAIC International Admissions Counselor in-person in Korea! These 30 minute sessions allow for students to get any questions answered, as well as receive valuable feedback on your work for both admission and merit scholarship consideration. Have sketchbooks, finished pieces, and your questions prepared. Learn more about SAIC's curriculum, resources, and portfolio tips!


Past Events

Date and Time Format Topic RSVP Link
September 20 + 22, 2021 Virtual SAIC Overview for International Students Watch the Recording
September 27 + 29, 2021 Virtual Art School 101 for International Students Watch the Recording
October 4 + 6, 2021 Virtual Portfolio Tips for International Students Watch the Recording
October 18 + 20, 2021 Virtual SAIC Overview for International Students Watch the Recording
October 25 + 27, 2021 Virtual Art School 101 for International Students Watch the Recording
November 1 + 3, 2021 Virtual Portfolio Tips for International Students Watch the Recording

Educator Appy Hour: Community-Based Design Projects

Thursday, November 18
4:30-5:30 p.m. CT
Event Passed

Join highly acclaimed faculty and designer Eric Hotchkiss, Director of Civic Engagement Jaclyn Jacunski, SAIC students, as well as teachers from your area to learn more about youth-led design projects in Chicago. In particular we will share information about how youth worked alongside faculty and community leaders designing a new 18-hole course in Douglas Park in the West Side neighborhood. In addition to meeting with Eric, we’ll also save time for you to meet with one of our college admissions counselors at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) to gather updates and information about the college admissions process at the School of the Art of Chicago (SAIC).

Learn more about the Douglas 18 mini-golf course project.

A long-neglected mini-golf course in Douglas Park has been brought back to life. Courtesy Pascal Sabino Block Club Chicago

Portfolio Tip Tuesday: Documentation as Process

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Watch the Recording

In this live workshop, an SAIC faculty member will lead you through an hour long making session. This week, we'll use methods of recording your work as part of the creative process.


Portfolio Tip Tuesday: Sketchbook Deep Dive & Intro to Journaling

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Watch the Recording

Sketchbooks and journals are essential companions for artists. Together, we'll look at interesting ways to use them and how they can help you build a strong portfolio.


Art School 101

Saturday, July 24, 2021
Watch the Recording

In this online session ideal for both students and their families/guardians, we will be giving an overview of an art and design school education. We will also be covering topics including: how to determine whether a school is a good fit, the application process, merit scholarship, and portfolio preparation. There will be plenty of time to get all of your questions answered!


Portfolio Tip Tuesday: Workshop- Rapid Experiments

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Watch the Recording

In this hour long workshop, an SAIC faculty member will walk us through how to build up a substantial body of work through rapid experiments.


You are Almost Here! Financial Aid Final Steps

Thursday, July 29, 2021
Watch the Recording

You are invited to attend an online information session with SAIC's Student Financial Services office. We will help answer any last minute questions you may have about payments, loans and more. Topics will include:

  • Important Dates
  • Making Payments
  • Setting Up Payment Plans
  • Health Insurance Waivers
  • Loan Processing Steps
  • and more!

There will be time for individual questions during and after the webinar.


Portfolio Tip Tuesday: Making Assignments Work for You

Tuesday, August 10
Watch the Recording

How can you go beyond what's expected when working on an assignment? How have artists previously incorporated assignments and prompts into their creative practices? SAIC Admissions Counselors give you the inside scoop on how to approach assignment-based work so you can include it in your portfolio.


Portfolio Tip Tuesday: Renew, Reuse, Recycle

Tuesday, August 24
Watch the Recording

In this hour long workshop, an SAIC faculty member will walk us through using unsuccessful or unresolved work as material to make something new.


Portfolio Tip Tuesday: What is a Portfolio & Where to Start

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Watch the Recording

Applying to art school usually means providing images of your artwork in the form of a portfolio. But how do you get started? How do you know what to include and what to leave out? And how do artists use this important tool in their professional lives? Join us to find out!


Portfolio Tip Tuesday: What to Include- & NOT Include- in Your Portfolio

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Watch the Recording

How do you know what different schools are looking for in a portfolio? Is it the same for every degree program? Join us to learn how to research and follow portfolio requirements. We will review specific requirements for SAIC's 5 different degree programs.


Portfolio Tip Tuesday: Making Anime / Fan Art / Comics your Own

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Watch the Recording

Are you currently contemplating the age old question of "Is it okay to submit anime, fan art, or comics in a portfolio for art school?" We'll do a deep dive exploring the topics of authorship, originality, and appropriation in art to help you decide how to move forward if you have an interest in this style of work.


Transfer Friday

Friday, October 1, 2021
Watch the Recording

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is hosting an online information session on the first Friday of every month specifically for students wishing to transfer to SAIC. We will be covering topics including how to prepare your portfolio for admission and merit scholarship, submitting your application, and specifics about our transfer credit policy.


Portfolio Tip Tuesday: Artist Statement A to Z

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Watch the Recording

Have you run into a case of writer's block? You've made some awesome artwork, but how do you write about it? Join us to learn everything you need to know about constructing an artist statement. We will explain the purpose of an artist statement and offer tips for getting started and editing your statement.


Portfolio Tip Tuesday: Workshop- Documentation 101

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Watch the Recording

Taking great photos of your work is just as important as making it! In this hour long workshop, SAIC faculty will walk you through how to capture and edit high quality photos for your application. We'll also cover tips for using household materials and a smart phone in this process.


Portfolio Tip Tuesday: Behind the Scenes of your SlideRoom Portfolio Review

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Watch the Recording

What does your SlideRoom Portfolio look like from the reviewer's point of view? Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how SAIC reviewers evaluate portfolios and see how submitted SlideRoom portfolios look from our perspective.


Student Financial Services: How to Apply for Financial Aid Using the FAFSA

Thursday, October 21, 2021
Watch the Recording

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is hosting an online information session to assist you in filling the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), applying for scholarships and identifying other sources of funding, and understanding your award. There will be time after the presentation to ask any questions you may have.


Portfolio Tip Tuesday: Curating & Editing your Final Portfolio

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Watch the Recording

Join us to learn how to think like a curator when you select the final body of work for your portfolio. We'll review how to arrange your strongest pieces in the order that will work best. We'll also touch on strategies and tips for titling and formatting your work.


Portfolio Tip Tuesday: How to Apply and Submit Your Portfolio

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Watch the Recording

You've created artwork, documented it, and made your final selections. Now, it's time to apply! We'll show you how to access the Common Application and walk you through the steps to complete and submit your application and SlideRoom portfolio.


Portfolio Tip Tuesday: Don't Panic! Pre-Deadline Portfolio Q & A

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
5 p.m. CT
Watch the Recording

SAIC Admissions is here to help with any questions you have leading up to our Early Action deadline on November 15th. Don't panic - we're hosting this live Q+A session to help you hit the "Submit" button with confidence.


Portfolio Tip Tuesday: Jumpstart your Creativity

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Watch the Recording

Do you need some inspiration and motivation to finish a few more pieces for your portfolio? Are you having creative block and need a little help to think of ideas for new artwork? Would you like to have the inside scoop to make sure you do your best work finishing your SAIC merit scholarship portfolio? Join an SAIC faculty member to get some ideas and refresh your creativity.


Student Financial Services: How to Apply for Financial Aid Using the FAFSA

Thursday, December 2, 2021
Watch Now

Join this online info session to assist you in filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), applying for scholarships and identifying other sources of funding, and understanding your award. There will be time after the presentation to ask any questions you may have.


Transfer Friday

Friday, December 3, 2021
Watch Now

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is hosting an online information session on the first Friday of every month specifically for students wishing to transfer to SAIC. We will be covering topics including how to prepare your portfolio for admission and merit scholarship, submitting your application, and specifics about our transfer credit policy.

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