School of the Art Institute of Chicago Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars
(4 Reviews)
  • Chicago (IL)
  • Annual Tuition: $49,310
100% of 4 students said this degree improved their career prospects
75% of 4 students said they would recommend this school to others
Find an Online Degree:
GradReports is supported by advertising. Schools that compensate us advertise via school search results. This does not influence our college rankings or our content.

Student & Graduate Reviews

2.1 out of 5 stars
F Ahn - 12/29/2019
Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2006
"I accepted going to SAIC based on three pitches: excellent facilities, a great career development program, and the freedom to be an interdisciplinary student. Only one of these turned out to be true. The quality of the facility you use will greatly depend on what program you happen to be a part of. Otherwise you may end up with some extreme difficulty having even your most basic needs met. Despite boasting about their foundry program the school for years did not fix a ventilation problem in either the foundry or the ceramics department until they found out some of that air was leaking into the museum. So they had the ability to quickly fix the problem, but would rather risk the health of students who are paying an enormous sum of money to be that the school. The career development program is a complete joke. When the school first looks for students they will claim they never let their alumni's become "starving artists." I don't know any of my classmates who have succeeded in feeding themselves do so by the help of the career development program. The only job I could get my foot in the door for after graduation was in retail and after consulting a friend who had become quite good at helping people with resumes they pointed out that every tip given to me by career development, including the resume they helped me build were terrible. The school is very interdisciplinary, no doubt about that. There were very few programs where one could not sample an entry level class. Something they did not bring up that was a positive were the instructors themselves. Most of my instructors were very skilled in their craft and had a passion for what they taught. Finally, a dirty little secret. Having made friends and talked to students who ended up getting jobs at the financial aid department, they learned that financial aid staff are deliberately under trained so that they will not effective aide students. I was told incorrect information about my scholarships and financial aid qualifications many times over."
4.2 out of 5 stars
M - 3/25/2017
Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2016
"The education that I received from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will forever have an impact on me. I learned many basic skills to create successful artwork, and had endless opportunities to explore ways of making thanks to SAIC's interdisciplinary education. But, more than those basic skills, SAIC taught me how to think in new ways, learning to solve problems and explore the world in a way that I can apply throughout my life and beyond my art career."
4.2 out of 5 stars
Serena Himmelfarb - 3/21/2017
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2017
"SAIC's reputation as the most influential school is well earned. You will have access to leading members of your chosen field, through visiting artist programs and renowned faculty. The curriculum is rigorous, and there is a high drop out rate for undergraduates because of this. At the graduate level, students dedicate their lives to their studies to an even greater extent, and are rewarded for it."
3.3 out of 5 stars
Lauren - 2/28/2017
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2010
"My experience at SAIC greatly shaped my career as a practicing artist. After graduating I was able to build a career as an arts educator. The most important relationships I made while attending SAIC was with my peers. These relationships have connected me to all of my employment opportunities post graduation. SAIC prepared me to be hard working and self motivated in my career."