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We are very proud to have been ranked as the #2 fine arts graduate program in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. 

SAIC is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak. While our physical offices are currently closed, our entire Admissions team is working, and ready to help you navigate your college search and selection process. Please feel free to call us at 312.629.6100, 800.232.7242, or email with any questions you may have. SAIC is here for you!

Graduate Admissions Meet and Greet

Thursday, August 20, 2020
6:00- 8:00 p.m. (CT)

As we begin the fall 2021 admission cycle, we invite you to join us for an informal meet and greet to learn about graduate admissions at SAIC and talk to students and admissions counselors from your individual program of interest. There will be ample time for questions.

Additionally, SAIC admissions counselors are happy to meet with you one on one to answer any questions about our curriculum, application procedures, our faculty and resources, and living in Chicago. 

Request a one-on-one meeting

Save the dates:

Portfolio Overview: 9/8

Statement of Intent: 9/15

Choosing Your References: 9/22

Portfolio Overview: 11/10

Presenting Your Portfolio Online: 11/17

Portfolio Preparation for SlideRoom: 11/24

International Portfolio Preparation for SlideRoom: 11/24

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Historic Preservation at SAIC
Tuesday, November 5
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SAIC’s dynamic Master of Science in Historic Preservation (MSHP) prepares graduates to revitalize the built environment through the comprehensive exploration of science, history, creative arts, politics, and technology. Join us to learn more about the program and how to apply.

Low Residency MFA
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
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SAIC's Low-Residency MFA program is open to artists, writers, educators, curators, and historians. Join us to learn more about the program curriculum, pedagogy and admissions requirements.

Save the dates:

Master of Arts Portfolio Deep Dive: 9/29

Post-Bacc Certificate Portfolio Deep Dive: 10/6

Master of Architecture/Interior Architecture Portfolio Deep Dive: 10/13

Design Portfolio Deep Dive: 10/20

MFA Portfolio Deep Dive: 10/27

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Save the dates:

MFA Studio Areas: 9/3

Libraries and Special Collections: 9/17

SITE Galleries: 10/1

New Works at the Museum: 10/15

Roger Brown Study Collection: 11/19

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More info coming soon.

Join graduate admissions staff select Mondays and most Fridays at 1:30 p.m. CT for a virtual tour of SAIC's campus. We will be showing you around the graduate departments and answering any questions you may have.

Schedule a Live Virtual Graduate Tour 

Visit SAIC

*Note that all in-person campus tours have been cancelled until further notice, and will resume when it is safe to do so. Apologies for the inconvenience.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites you to visit our campus and tour our state-of-the-art graduate facilities and world-renowned museum.

We offer graduate campus tours most Mondays and Fridays, leaving promptly at 1:30 p.m. We ask that you arrive a few minutes early and meet us at the LeRoy Neiman Center at 37 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60603.

Reservations are requested. 

Contact the Office of Admissions at or 800.232.7242 with any questions or concerns you have about visiting campus. For directions and information on where to stay, park, and more, see our campus tour page.

Can't visit our campus?

Check out our virtual tour.