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Graduate Application Prep: Portfolio Overview

Tuesday, October 11, 12 p.m. CT
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Meet with admissions to review the portfolio requirements for graduate programs at SAIC.

 

Graduate National Portfolio Days

Graduate National Portfolio Days are events for prospective students who would like to get feedback on their portfolio, as well as have the opportunity to learn more about the curricula, faculty, and application procedures from a number of colleges.

Date and Time Address RSVP Link
Saturday, October 1, 2022
12-4 p.m. CT
Online Meet with us
Saturday, October 15, 2022
12 - 4 p.m. ET
New York
Parsons School of Design, The New School
63 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10003
Meet with us
Saturday, October 22, 2022
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. CT
Chicago
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
280 S. Columbus Dr.
Chicago, IL 60603
Learn more
Meet with us
Saturday, October 29, 2022
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. PT
San Francisco
California College of the Arts
1111 8th St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
Meet with us
Sunday, November 20, 2022
5-9 p.m. CT
Online Meet with us

Representatives will be available from the following SAIC Departments:

  • MFA in Studio: Architecture, Art & Technology Studies, Ceramics, Design for Emerging Technologies, Designed Objects, Fiber & Material Studies, Film, Video, New Media, & Animation, Painting & Drawing, Performance, Photography, Printmedia, Sculpture, Sound, Visual Communication Design
  • MFA in Writing
  • Master of Architecture
  • Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture
  • Master of Design in Designed Objects
  • MA in Art Therapy and Counseling
  • MDes in Fashion, Body and Garment
  • Low-Residency MFA

Graduate Open Studios

Friday 10/21, 4-10 p.m.
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Saturday 10/22, 2-9:30 p.m., with a closing reception

Participants who attend Graduate Portfolio Day in Chicago are also invited to join us for Graduate Open Studios! Studios, galleries and curated exhibition spaces across campus will be open, and attendees are invited to view completed and in-progress work from more than 300 students pursuing graduate degrees at SAIC! Maps and more info will be available on site. 


Graduate SAIC Days

Graduate SAIC Days offer prospective students the opportunity to get feedback on your portfolio with faculty from individual departments during one-on-one meetings.

Date and Time Address RSVP Link
Sunday, October 30, 2022
12-4 p.m. PT
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA, 90012
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Saturday, November 12, 2022
12-4 p.m. CT
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
112 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
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Saturday, December 10, 2022
12-4 p.m. ET
AIA New York - Center for Architecture
Hines Gallery
536 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY 10012
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Meet with SAIC Graduate Admissions in Your Area

Graduate Admissions counselors will be traveling to multiple cities this fall to meet with prospective students to provide portfolio and application assistance. RSVP coming soon.

Friday, December 2: Miami, FL
Saturday, December 3: Seattle, WA
Sunday, December 4: Atlanta, GA & Portland, OR
Tuesday, December 6: Washington, DC; Denver, CO; & Dallas, TX
Thursday, December 8: Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, December 10: Columbus, OH
Sunday, December 11: Detroit, MI
Monday, December 12: Boston, MA
 

Application Prep: Portfolio Overview

Tuesday, October 11, 12 p.m. CT
RSVP

Meet with admissions to review the portfolio requirements for graduate programs at SAIC.


Application Prep: Application Process & Submitting via SlideRoom

Tuesday, October 25, 12 p.m. CT
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Meet with admissions to review the portfolio requirements for graduate programs at SAIC. We'll cover best practices and help you prepare for your upcoming submission with special attention on how best to present your work for viewing in the SlideRoom environment.


MFA Programs Deep Dive

Tuesday, November 8, 12 p.m. CT
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Meet with admissions to review the portfolio requirements for graduate programs at SAIC. We'll cover best practices and help you prepare for the upcoming review season. This session will focus specifically on our MFA in studio programs.


Design Programs Deep Dive

Tuesday, November 15, 12 p.m. CT
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Review the portfolio requirements for the following programs:

  • Architecture
  • Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture
  • Designed Objects
  • ​Design for Emerging Technologies
  • Fashion, Body and Garment 
  • Historic Preservation
  • Visual Communication Design

We'll cover best practices and help you prepare for the upcoming review season.


MA Programs Deep Dive

Tuesday, November 29, 12 p.m. CT
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Meet with admissions to review the portfolio requirements for graduate programs at SAIC. We'll cover best practices and help you prepare for the upcoming review season. This session will focus specifically on these programs:

  • Arts Administration & Policy
  • Art Therapy and Counseling
  • Modern and Contemporary Art History
  • Dual Degree
  • Art Education
  • Teaching
  • Visual and Critical Studies

Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Watch the Recording

The selection and timing of your references has the potential to greatly impact your application. Meet with admissions to talk about who to select, how to contact them, and when to start the process.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Watch the Recording

The statement of intent is a key component of your application to SAIC and your opportunity to speak to the faculty review committee. Meet with admissions to talk about preparing a strong statement of intent.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Watch the Recording

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. Following the presentation, there will be time for questions.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 
Watch the Recording

Meet with admissions to review the portfolio requirements for graduate programs at SAIC.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Watch the Recording

Meet with admissions to review the portfolio requirements for graduate programs at SAIC. We'll cover best practices and help you prepare for your upcoming submission with special attention on how best to present your work for viewing in the SlideRoom environment.

 

Thursday, January 20, 2022
Watch the Recording

Representatives from SAIC's Student Financial Services department will be providing helpful information for prospective graduate students about the financial aid process. We will be discussing filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), SAIC’s financial aid timeline and outside scholarships. There will also be time during and after the presentation to ask questions.

Graduate Tours

Join graduate admissions staff for a tour of SAIC's campus. We will be showing you around the graduate departments and answering any questions you may have.

Schedule a graduate tour

On-Campus: Fridays at 1:30 p.m. CT. (Please plan to arrive by 1:15 p.m. CT for check-in.)

A maximum of 3 people are allowed per party, including the prospective student.
Advance registration is required.

Can't attend our live tour?

Check out our on-demand virtual tour at your convenience!

 

SAIC admissions counselors are here to assist you throughout the admissions process. For general questions or to be connected to the counselor for your program of interest, please contact us at 312.629.6100 or gradmiss@saic.edu, or schedule a one-on-one meeting with us.

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