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A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees and post-baccalaureate programs to more than 3,200 students from around the globe. SAIC also provides adults, high school students, and children with the opportunity to flourish in a variety of courses, workshops, certificate programs, and camps through its Continuing Studies program. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC’s resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. For more information, please visit

[1] See, e.g.: Catterall, J.S. & Waldorf, L. (1999), “Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education: Summary Evaluation”; Deasy, R.J. (2002), “Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Achievement and Social Development”; Ruppert, S. (2006), “Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement”; Israel, D. (2009), “Staying in School: Arts Education and New York City High School Graduation Rates”; Noblit et al. (2009), “Creating and Sustaining Arts-Based School Reform: The A+ Schools Program”; and Bransom, J., Brown, A., Denson, K., Hoitsma, L., Pinto, Y. Wolf, D. P. & Wolf, T. (2010), “Creative Learning: People and Pathways.”

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