Visit and Events

 

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 our full schedule below!

See SAIC Days

Join us in Chicago for student-led campus tours of our academic and studio buildings, followed by optional one-on-one portfolio reviews with Undergraduate Admissions Counselors!

Date and Time City Address RSVP Link
Monday, October 11, 2021
Select a time between 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. CT
Chicago School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Various Locations
Event Passed
Thursday, November 11, 2021
Select a time between 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. CT
Chicago School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Various Locations
Coming soon

SAIC Days

SAIC Days are special 3 hour events that take place in select cities from September - November. These events are a perfect opportunity to get one-on-one feedback on your portfolio, meet with SAIC faculty and staff, and learn more about our interdisciplinary curriculum.

Date and Time City Address RSVP Link
Saturday, September 25, 2021
12 p.m. - 3 p.m. (PT)
Los Angeles, CA *NEW LOCATION*
W Hollywood Hotel
6250 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Event Passed
Sunday, September 26, 2021
12 p.m. - 3 p.m. (ET)
Detroit, MI Wasserman Projects
3434 Russell St #502
Detroit, MI 48207
Event Passed
Sunday, October 10, 2021
12 p.m. - 3 p.m. (ET)
Washington, D.C. The Phillips Collection
1600 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Event Passed
Saturday, October 23, 2021
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (MT)
Denver, CO Walker Fine Art
300 West 11th Ave, #A
Denver, CO 80204
*Entrance is on Cherokee Street*
RSVP
Sunday, October 24, 2021
12 p.m. - 3 p.m. (ET)
Charlotte, NC Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28207
RSVP
Saturday, October 30, 2021
12 p.m. - 3 p.m. (ET)
New York, NY Prince George Ballroom
15 E 27th St.
New York, NY 10016
RSVP
Sunday, October 31, 2021
12 p.m. - 3 p.m. (ET)
Boston, MA Hampshire House
84 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02108
RSVP
Saturday, November 6, 2021
12 p.m. - 3 p.m. (ET)
Miami, FL Bass Museum of Art
2100 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
RSVP
Sunday, November 7, 2021
12 p.m. - 3 p.m. (CT)
Austin, TX The Sunset Room
310 E 3rd St.
Austin, TX 78701
RSVP

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. 

Date and Time City Address RSVP Link
Saturday, September 18, 2021
12-4 p.m. ET
Atlanta, GA Georgia World Congress Center
285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW.
Atlanta, GA 30313
Hosted by Columbus College of Art and Design
Event Passed
Sunday, September 19, 2021
1:30-5:30 p.m. CT
Dallas, TX Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts Hughes-Trigg Student Center
3140 Dyer St.
Dallas, TX 75205
Event Passed
Saturday, October 2, 2021
12-4 p.m. ET
Lowell, MA University of Massachusetts Lowell
Tsongas Center Arena
300 Arcand Dr.
Lowell, MA 01852
Event Passed
Sunday, October 3, 2021
1-5 p.m. ET
New York, NY Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 W. 34th St.
New York, NY 10001
Hosted by SAIC and New York Academy of Art
Event Passed
Saturday, October 9, 2021
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. ET
Philadelphia, PA Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
128 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Event Passed
Saturday, October 16, 2021
12-4 p.m. ET
Columbus, OH Columbus College of Art & Design
60 Cleveland Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215
RSVP
Sunday, October 17, 2021
12-4 p.m. CT
Chicago, IL School of the Art Institute of Chicago
280 S. Columbus Dr.
Chicago, IL 60603
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Attend a pre-NPD online info session "Saturday with SAIC" on 10/16 to help prepare for the NPD! RSVP here.
RSVP
Saturday, October 23, 2021
12-4 p.m. CT
Kansas City, MO Kansas City Art Institute
4415 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64111
RSVP
Sunday, October 24, 2021
1-5 p.m. CT
Minneapolis, MN Minneapolis College of Art and Design
2501 Stevens Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
RSVP
Saturday, November 6, 2021
10 a.m. -2 p.m. MT
Mesa, AZ Mesa Community College -Art Building (AC30)
1833 W Southern Ave.
Mesa, AZ 85202
RSVP
Sunday, November 7, 2021
12-4 p.m. PT
San Diego, CA Westin San Diego - Downtown
400 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
Hosted by Laguna College of Art and Design
RSVP
Saturday, November 13, 2021
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. PT
San Francisco, CA California College of the Arts
1111 8th St.
San Francisco, CA, 94107
RSVP
Sunday, November 14, 2021
12-4 p.m. PT
Seattle, WA Seattle Center Armory, Armory Loft
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
Hosted by Cornish College of the Arts
RSVP
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

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

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
5 p.m. CT
RSVP

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
6:30 p.m. CT
RSVP

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
5 p.m. CT
RSVP

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.


Online National Portfolio Day

Saturday, October 30, 2021
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. 


Transfer Friday

Friday, November 5, 2021
1 p.m. CT
RSVP

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

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
5 p.m. CT
RSVP

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.


Online National Portfolio Day

Saturday, November 20, 2021
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. 


Transfer Friday

Friday, December 3, 2021
1 p.m. CT
RSVP

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.


Online National Portfolio Day

Friday, December 10, 2021
10 a.m. - 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. 

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.

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

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
Monday, October 18, 2021
8-9 a.m. CT
Virtual SAIC Overview for International Students RSVP
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
8-9 a.m. CT
Virtual SAIC Overview for International Students RSVP
Monday, October 25, 2021
8-9 a.m. CT
Virtual Art School 101 for International Students RSVP
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
8-9 a.m. CT
Virtual Art School 101 for International Students RSVP
Saturday, October 30 + Sunday, October 31
2 p.m. - 6 p.m. (TRT)
In-Person SAIC Day: Istanbul RSVP
Monday, November 1, 2021
8-9 a.m. CT
Virtual Portfolio Tips for International Students RSVP
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
8-9 a.m. CT
Virtual Portfolio Tips for International Students RSVP

Educator Appy Hour: Sparking Creativity

Thursday, October 21
4:30-5:30 p.m. CT
RSVP

Join highly acclaimed faculty and teaching artists Jason Dunda and Erin Washington, as well as teachers from your area, for a peer-to-peer exchange. We’ll share some strategies and generative exercises that can help your students jumpstart their creativity and overcome “artist’s block” as they work on college admissions portfolios. You’ll also be able to meet with your college admissions counselor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) to gather updates and information about the college admissions process.

 

Meet the Artists:

Jason Dunda

Jason Dunda

Jason Dunda is a Canadian painter and SAIC faculty and alum living and working in Chicago. His practice is led by a sense of dry wit and satire with an affinity to craft. Recent exhibitions include a solo project at Northeastern Illinois University, and group shows at Slow in Chicago, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, SOMArts in San Francisco, and SÍM Gallery in Reykjavík. Recent residencies include the Corporation of Yaddo and a four-month research and production fellowship in Paris, fully funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.

 

Erin Washington

Erin Washington is a Painter, Drawer, and Installation artist currently living and working in Chicago. Using fugitive and symbolic materials, Washington’s works source imagery from the Sciences, Mythology, and Art History that represent ruptures and failures in the search for meaning and truth. Erin is currently a lecturer in the Painting and Drawing Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received her MFA in 2011.


Educator Appy Hour: Community-Based Design Projects

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

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 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.