Chicago, IL
School of the Art Institute of Chicago


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Recent Reviews

Jessica
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The school is great for students who want to explore their practice in an interdisciplinary way. I highly recommend getting i...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The school is great for students who want to explore their practice in an interdisciplinary way. I highly recommend getting involved in clubs or organizations to find connection and community within the school. Having there not be a physical campus, it can be more difficult to feel apart of SAIC, especially for students who live off-campus. There are some amazing faculty and staff members who truly care about students and their artistic and personal endeavors. That isn't to say all faculty and staff model that because teaching styles are inconsistent. The time amounted to be in class is unrealistic and does not represent what a healthy artistic practice should look like. However, that is something that a lot of AICAD schools model so that issue is much larger than SAIC, itself. I feel that SAIC provides students with amazing opportunities to engage in the community, with different cultures from all around the world, and provides continual support during and after graduation regarding job opportunities. The school was a good fit for me based on what I needed so the experiences it has provided me has granted an overall positive opinion of SAIC.

ellis
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The School or the Art Institute of Chicago is a perfect place to press into your passion, to meet fascinating people from all...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The School or the Art Institute of Chicago is a perfect place to press into your passion, to meet fascinating people from all over the world, and to engage with the art world in a real and tangible way. I was challenged by the classes, professors, and other students to dig deeper and create better work. My experience was invaluable.

Ruth
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It's a great place to be if you're interested in developing conceptual thoughts, but sometimes teachers are too laid back whe...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It's a great place to be if you're interested in developing conceptual thoughts, but sometimes teachers are too laid back when it comes to helping a student develop technical skills. Also materials aren't paid for even in a class where there's a required set of materials, considering how expensive the school already is, students should be getting some aid when it comes to paying for materials.

frances
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SAIC is a melting pot of individuals, art types and ideas. The atmosphere is welcoming and motivating. There is an amazing we...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

SAIC is a melting pot of individuals, art types and ideas. The atmosphere is welcoming and motivating. There is an amazing wealth of knowledge to be found here in each individual associated with the institution. Faculty here are approachable and enthusiastic to aid in their students’ artistic growth. The faculty here are working artists so not only do they have expertise in a variety of artistic fields, but they are happy to offer real world advise based on their own experiences that cannot be found in the standard art focused curriculum. The curriculum is rigorous and interdisciplinary which I could not be happier about! At first, I thought “oh, a loose program might not be the best thing for me” but it has allowed me to find disciplines that I did not think would correspond with my concepts and ideas but has actually broadened and helped me to actualize my ideas. An interdisciplinary curriculum gave me the freedom to experiment, to make my thoughts tangible, and to make any of my far stretched ideas and goals attainable. On top of all that, the facilities are truly top notch. Each department really takes into consideration all the possibilities of production and has the machinery to make almost any happen. Anything is possible here. Oh! Let’s not forget the free access to the Museum of the Art Institute! With my student ID I can walk in anytime they are open and check out old and new exhibits, look for inspiration in works of my own field, or just relax and take in the views of the city from Renzo Piano’s bigger than life window walls of the museum. Overall it has been exciting and gratifying as heck to attend SAIC. I am very luck for the opportunity.

saskia
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The school is a mess. All the staffs do not know what to do, and nothing is considered serious, including rape. I reported th...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The school is a mess. All the staffs do not know what to do, and nothing is considered serious, including rape. I reported through the phone and it wasn't until a week till I get an email back by a male staff. He offered to meet at 4pm on a Tuesday. I came to his office on time, and was told to wait 15 more minutes. I waited for him for 35 minutes and that was when I realized that they do not care about their students and they just want to take our money. They say it's interdisciplinary but really, it's just lazy. The attendance policy is also ridiculous. If you miss more than 3 or 2 absences in a semester, you will fail the class, regardless if you are sick or not. I did not learn anything while I was there, and if you are planning to slack off and waste $68,000 you are in the right place. The only good thing about this place is the size of the housing, although if you have any issues with your roommate, they will undoubtedly not give a shit about your issues and it's more preferable to live alone. The classes are small which means that it is focused, but sometimes the students are pretentious and they will do whatever to shove their political views up your throat. You meet a few amazing individuals but that is rare in my case. The students do not have a school spirit and you will feel like you are just working for a large firm which is very depressing. If you are depressed, good luck getting in counseling because they will waste your time. You can make an appointment for say 2:00pm, and they will make you wait at least 15 minutes to an hour; they like wasting their student's time.

Chanyoung
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very nice school to me. It is the best school for artists.

What is your overall opinion of this school?

very nice school to me. It is the best school for artists.

Nicolas
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The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is a great school in terms of having an inclusive student environment and promotin...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is a great school in terms of having an inclusive student environment and promoting unique art-making. Here, students who make art that challenges "traditional" art-making and societal norms will flourish in this school. The school's facilities work well and are usually available to students. However, the pricing of the food on campus and the many fees charged to students seem unnecessary and can make student's financial lives a little difficult. Despite this drawback, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago provides a lot for artists to develop their ideas and careers.

Rosalyn
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The School of the Art Institute of Chicago has so many resources and facilities open to the students that can't be found anyw...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago has so many resources and facilities open to the students that can't be found anywhere else. The teachers and administrators are very helpful and kind, and get to know their students personally. Both students and teachers engage in intellectual conversations every day in and out of the classroom. The curriculum provides students not only with academic skills but life skills as well and encourages each individual to find their personal strengths and talents.

Seunghark Andy
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This school is very conceptual based art school. It is one of the top art school in the United States known for Fine Arts. If...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

This school is very conceptual based art school. It is one of the top art school in the United States known for Fine Arts. If you speak art, do consider this school. But be prepared to take risk, learn new things, new ways to approach subject, and willing to spend a lot of money on school projects and personal expenses.

Jahaziel
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I really liked my visit because our tour guides were very thorough with all of the information and they were students who wer...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I really liked my visit because our tour guides were very thorough with all of the information and they were students who were currently at the school, so it felt like I was already accepted into the school and being shown around to my classes and dorm. I really would like to go to this school because it is my dream art school to go to. I really like where it is located and the friendly environment. It was a breath of fresh air and my grandfath!r agrees as well because he was on the tour with me!

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  • Enrollment
  • 2,848
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $45,750
  • Acceptance rate
  • 59%

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