Founded in 1866, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is one of the most historically significant accredited independent schools of art and design in the world.
We are ranked among the top ten art and design schools in the world by QS World University Rankings; we were named “the most influential art college in the United States” by Columbia University’s National Arts Journalism survey; and are ranked the #2 graduate fine arts program in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
SAIC is distinct in providing an interdisciplinary curriculum—here you won’t declare a major, but you will start with an idea and choose from a range of media to fulfill your vision. Want to combine sculpture, ceramics and film? Concentrate on painting only? We provide the necessary freedom for students to develop as artists, designers and scholars. This freedom, combined with our cutting-edge facilities, renowned faculty, exceptional resources including the Art Institute of Chicago, and the nation’s largest art and design internship program prepares you for a successful future regardless of your life path.
We are dedicated to providing a complete liberal arts education as well as the arts and design education that will serve our alumni throughout their multifaceted careers.