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National Transfer Week: October 19-23

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Join us online to learn more about transferring to SAIC before our 11/1 Spring Merit Scholarship Deadline!

 

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


Coffee with your Counselor

Thursday, October 22, 7:00 p.m. CT
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Thursday, October 29, 7:00 p.m. CT
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Meet virtually with an Admissions Counselor! Bring your questions about SAIC, questions about our application, and of course your cup of coffee (or tea, or water, or juice, or you get it...)!

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.

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

  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 4 pm CDT

Attend a Virtual Tour

Monday virtual tours will include our entire campus.

Wednesday virtual tours will include:

  • Architecture, Interior Architecture, Designed Objects (AIADO)
  • Contemporary Practices (First Year Program)
  • Fashion
  • Fiber & Material Studies
  • Residence Halls
  • SAIC Galleries
  • Student Center
  • Visual Communication Design (Graphic Design)

Friday virtual tours will include:

  • Art & Technology
  • Ceramics
  • Film, Video, New Media, and Animation
  • Liberal Arts
  • New Arts Journalism
  • Painting & Drawing
  • Performance
  • Photography
  • Printmedia
  • Sculpture
  • Sound
  • Visual & Critical Studies
  • Residence Halls

National Transfer Week: October 19-23, 6:30 p.m. (CT)

Monday, October 19: How to Transfer to SAIC - Watch the recording!
Tuesday, October 20: Preparing Your Portfolio - Watch the recording!
Wednesday, October 21: Writing Your Artist Statement - Watch the recording!
Thursday, October 22: Undergraduate Degrees and Transferring Your Credits
Friday, October 23: Live Chat and Q&A *12 noon - 6 p.m. (CT)

Join us to learn more about transferring to SAIC and have your questions answered by our transfer Admissions Counselor, Sioban Lombardi. Participants will also be able to schedule a portfolio review with our counselors prior to submitting their application.


Portfolio Tip Tuesday: Portfolio Documentation

Tuesday, October 27, 5:00 p.m. (CT)
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Portfolio Tip Tuesdays are a great way to learn about the different aspects that go into submitting a portfolio. Each Tuesday we will cover a different topic regarding portfolio preparation for your SAIC application. This week, our admissions team will be going over best practices for documenting your portfolio.


Art Career Hour

Wednesday, October 28, 5:00 p.m. (CT)
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Join our Admissions Counselor Raquel and ask questions about Art & Business and how to make moves to develop your career and professional experience while at SAIC. Let's informally get together and chat about crafting your future. Any other questions are welcome too!


Portfolio Tip Tuesday: How to Apply and Submit Your Portfolio

Tuesday, November 3, 5:00 p.m. (CT)
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Portfolio Tip Tuesdays are a great way to learn about the different aspects that go into submitting a portfolio. Each Tuesday we will cover a different topic regarding portfolio preparation for your SAIC application. This week, our admissions team will be going over best practices for documenting your portfolio.


Art Career Hour

Wednesday, November 4, 5:00 p.m. (CT)
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Join our Admissions Counselor Raquel and ask questions about Art & Business and how to make moves to develop your career and professional experience while at SAIC. Let's informally get together and chat about crafting your future. Any other questions are welcome too!


Life at SAIC: Current Student Q&A

Thursday, November 5, 5:00 p.m. (CT)
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Our Life at SAIC Series covers art education and student life at SAIC. In this session, you'll virtually meet with current SAIC students for an "Ask Me Anything" session to learn what their art school education and campus life experience has been like at SAIC!


Past Sessions:

Portfolio Tip Tuesday: What to Include in Your Portfolio

Tuesday, September 22
Watch the Recording

Portfolio Tips Tuesdays are a great way to learn about the different aspects that go into submitting a portfolio. Each Tuesday we will cover a different topic regarding portfolio preparation for your SAIC application. This week, our admissions team will be going over what you should include in your portfolio.


Life at SAIC: Alumni "Ask Me Anything"

Thursday, September 24
Watch the Recording

In this session, you'll virtually meet with SAIC alumni for an "Ask Me Anything" session to learn what their art school education and campus life experience was like at SAIC!


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

Tuesday, September 29
Watch the Recording

Portfolio Tips Tuesdays are a great way to learn about the different aspects that go into submitting a portfolio. Each Tuesday we will cover a different topic regarding portfolio preparation for your SAIC application. This week, our admissions team will be going over what happens behind the scenes when they review your SlideRoom portfolio. 


Portfolio Tip Tuesday: Curating Your Portfolio

Tuesday, October 6
Watch the Recording

Portfolio Tips Tuesdays are a great way to learn about the different aspects that go into submitting a portfolio. Each Tuesday we will cover a different topic regarding portfolio preparation for your SAIC application. This week, our admissions team will be going over how to refine, edit, and curate your portfolio in preparation for submission.


How to Apply for Financial Aid using the FAFSA

Wednesday, October 7
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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: Writer's Block - How to Finalize your Artist Statement

Tuesday, October 13, 5:00 p.m. (CT)
Watch the Recording

Portfolio Tip Tuesdays are a great way to learn about the different aspects that go into submitting a portfolio. Each Tuesday we will cover a different topic regarding portfolio preparation for your SAIC application. This week, our admissions team will be going over how to finalize your artist statement.


What is an Interdisciplinary Curriculum?

Thursday, October 15
Watch the Recording

At SAIC, you won’t declare a major or have to choose a department to work in- you will start with an idea and choose from a range of media to fulfill your vision. You can combine sculpture, ceramics, and film for example, or concentrate on painting only. Join us to learn more about our unique curriculum and what it means to be "interdisciplinary." We'll also go over what your first year will look like, including your art history options, seminar topics, and studio electives.

National Portfolio Days (NPDs) take place from September to December, and SAIC participates in all of them. Representatives from SAIC are ALWAYS available to provide 10-15 minute virtual 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. 

While students from any state may attend any virtual event, the following are suggested dates and times depending on where you are located:

Date and Time States RSVP

Sept 19 @ 11 am - 3 pm (CT)

AL, AR, GA, KY, LA, MS, TN Event Passed

Sept 26 @ 11 am - 3 pm (CT)

IN, IA, MO, OK Event Passed

Oct 3 @ 11 am - 3 pm (CT)

CO, KS, MN, MT, NE, ND, SD, WY Event Passed

Oct 4 @ 11 am-3 pm (CT)

CT, ME, MA, NH, VT Event Passed

Oct 10 @ 11 am-3 pm (CT)

AZ, NM, TX, UT Event Passed

Oct 18 @ 11 am- 3pm (CT)

IL, WI Event Passed

Oct 24 @ 11 am- 3pm (CT)

NJ, NY, PA, RI, Canada Meet with Us

Nov 1 @ 11 am- 3pm (CT)

DC, DE, MD, NC, SC, VA Meet with Us

Nov 8 @ 11 am- 3pm (CT)

MI Meet with Us

Nov 15 @ 11 am-3 pm (CT)

AK, CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, WA, Canada Meet with Us

Nov 21 @ 11 am-3 pm (CT)

OH, WV Meet with Us

Nov 22 @ 11 am-3 pm (CT)

International Meet with Us

Dec 5 @ 11 am-3 pm (CT)

FL Meet with Us

 

Parent "Appy" Hours

Parent "Appy" Hour with Your Counselor is a great opportunity to virtually meet with an Admissions Counselor! We are here to help answer your questions about your student applying to SAIC, and other SAIC related topics.

Please check back for the fall 2020 schedule.

 

On-campus tours are currently suspended and will resume as soon as it is safe to do so. 

 

Can't attend our live tour?

Check out our on-demand virtual tour.

 

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 admiss@saic.edu with any questions you may have. SAIC is here for you!