Art & Technology / Sound Practices Undergraduate Overview

The Department of Art & Technology / Sound Practices offers a wide variety of courses in the technological and sonic arts. It is a place to build skills, learn concepts, and ask questions through rigorous coursework with expert faculty who will support and challenge your investigations.

Each semester, AT/SP offers more than thirty undergraduate courses to choose from, covering topics that include creative coding, experimental sound production, virtual and augmented reality, game design, electronics and kinetics, software and hardware interface design, hacking and circuit bending, live sound and media performance, text interfacing with technology and sound, bio art, olfactory art, sound and media installation, light projection, acoustic ecology,  sound for cinema, and many more.

Customize Your Education

Undergraduate students can plot their own pathway through the AT/SP curriculum in consultation with faculty and academic advisers. Introductory courses serve as a foundation for the wide range of upper-level studio courses focusing on skills, concepts, and topics relevant to an immersive and diverse education in the technological and sonic arts. This encourages an interdisciplinary approach that addresses the individual student's interests and at the same time encourages their explorations into unfamiliar territories with unlimited creative possibilities.

Admissions Requirements and Curriculum

  • To apply to SAIC, you will need to fill out an application and submit your transcripts, artist's statement, and letters of recommendation. And most importantly, we require a portfolio of your best and most recent work—work that will give us a sense of you, your interests, and your willingness to explore, experiment, and think beyond technical art, design, and writing skills.

    To apply, please submit the following items: 

    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Portfolio  

    Submit 10–15 pieces of your best and most recent work. We will review your portfolio and application materials for merit scholarship once you have been admitted to SAIC.

    When compiling a portfolio, you may concentrate your work in a single discipline or show work in a breadth of media. The portfolio may include drawings, prints, photographs, paintings, film, video, audio recordings, sculpture, ceramics, fashion designs, graphic design, furniture, objects, architectural designs, websites, video games, sketchbooks, scripts, storyboards, screenplays, zines, or any combination of the above.

    Learn more about applying to SAIC's Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio, or view our portfolio preparation guide for more information.  
     

  • Studio72
    • CP 1010 Core Studio Practice I (3)
    • CP 1011 Core Studio Practice II (3)
    • CP 1020 Research Studio I (3)
    • CP 1022 Research Studio II (3)
    • SOPHSEM 2900 (3)
    • PROFPRAC 3900 (3)
    • CAPSTONE 4900 (3)
    • Studio Electives (51)

    PROFPRAC and CAPSTONE are now required for new incoming students beginning in the 2015-16 academic year.

     
    Art History18
    • ARTHI 1001 World Cultures/Civilizations: Pre-History—19th Century Art and Architecture (3)
    • Art History Elective at 1000 Level (3)
    • Art History Electives (12)
     
    Liberal Arts30
    • ENGLISH 1001 First Year Seminar I (3)
    • ENGLISH 1005 First Year Seminar II (3)
    • Natural Science (6)
    • Social Science (6)
    • Humanities (6)
    • Liberal Arts Electives (6)
     
    General Electives6
    Studio, Art History, Liberal Arts, AAP, or EIS 
    Total Credit Hours126

    * BFA students must complete at least 6 credit hours in a class designated as "off campus study." These credits can also fulfill any of the requirements listed above and be from any of the divisions (Art History, Studio, Liberal Arts, or General Electives).

    BFA With Distinction—SAIC Scholars Program

    The SAIC Scholars program is a learning community of BFA students pursuing rigorous study in both their academic coursework and their studio pathways. There are two opportunities for interested students to apply to the SAIC Scholars Program: at the time of admission to the School, and after they have completed 30 credits of study at SAIC. Students pursuing the latter option are required to formally submit an application to the Undergraduate Division. Once admitted to the SAIC Scholars Program, students are required to successfully complete a minimum of six designated scholars courses. Students who complete the program will graduate with distinction.

    BFA in Studio with Thesis Option (Liberal Arts or Visual Critical Studies)

    BFA students may complete a nine-credit, research-based academic thesis as part of their studies within the 126 credits for the BFA in Studio degree. BFA with Thesis course sequences are offered over 3 semesters through the departments of Liberal Arts or Visual and Critical Studies (VCS). Students who are interested in one of the thesis options should follow the steps outlined below in the beginning of the junior year.

    Requirements for the BFA: Studio Art with Liberal Arts Thesis

    Step One: Students are required to meet with the Chair of the Liberal Arts department in the beginning of their junior year.

    Step Two: With the Department Chair's approval, the student enrolls in the following courses beginning in the spring term of their junior year:
    SOCSCI or HUMANITY 3900 Academic Research and Writing (3 credits)
    LIBARTS 4800 Undergraduate Thesis: Research/Writing I (3 credits)
    CAPSTONE 4900 Liberal Arts Undergraduate Thesis: Research/Writing II (3 credits)

    Step Three: The completed thesis must be approved by both the Thesis II instructor and the Chair of Liberal Arts. Students must make a formal presentation and participate in the Undergraduate Thesis Symposium in their senior year.

    Requirements for the BFA: Studio Art with Visual and Critical Studies (VCS) Thesis

    Step One: Students are required to meet with the Visual and Critical Studies Undergraduate Coordinator in or by the beginning of their junior year.

    Step Two: With the VCS Coordinator's approval, the student enrolls in the first of the three-course sequence beginning in the spring term of their junior year:

    • VCS 3010 Tutorial in Visual & Critical Studies (3 credits)
    • VCS 4800 Undergraduate Thesis Seminar: Research & Writing I (3 credits)
    • CAPSTONE 4900 VCS Undergraduate Thesis Seminar: Research & Writing II (3 credits)

    Step Three: Completion of thesis must be approved by both the Thesis II instructor and the VCS Undergraduate Coordinator. Students must make a formal presentation and participate in the Undergraduate VCS Thesis Symposium in their senior year.

    Total credits required for minimum residency66
    Minimum Studio credit 


     

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Freshman and Transfer Deadline: June 15