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36 S Wabash
Chicago , Illinois 60603

Disability Resource Office

Disability and Learning Resource Center
116 S Michigan Ave
Suite 13
Chicago, Illinois 60603
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About School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is a highly esteemed institution located in the vibrant city of Chicago, Illinois. As a not-for-profit, private university, SAIC is dedicated to providing a comprehensive education for students seeking to explore and excel in the arts.

Founded in 1866, SAIC has established itself as one of the leading art schools in the United States, attracting students from around the globe who are passionate about pursuing creative careers. The university offers a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate programs, including degrees in fine arts, design, art education, art history, and writing.

SAIC is renowned for its innovative and interdisciplinary approach to arts education. The university’s curriculum encourages students to think critically, push boundaries, and embrace unconventional perspectives. With a faculty composed of accomplished artists, designers, scholars, and practitioners, SAIC provides a dynamic learning environment where students are supported in their creative endeavors and encouraged to develop their individual artistic vision.

One of the distinct aspects of SAIC is its integration of theory and practice. The university emphasizes the importance of research, analysis, and intellectual inquiry as essential components of the artistic process. Students engage in rigorous academic study alongside immersive studio-based experiences, allowing them to develop a deep understanding of the historical, cultural, and social contexts that shape their artistic practice.

Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC offers students a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a city known for its rich artistic and cultural heritage. Chicago boasts a thriving arts scene, with a wide array of galleries, museums, and exhibition spaces that provide inspiration and opportunities for engagement for SAIC students. The city itself serves as an extended classroom, offering students the chance to interact with renowned artists, attend world-class performances, and participate in cultural events.

As a major metropolitan area, Chicago is also home to numerous creative industries and organizations, providing SAIC students with access to professional opportunities and valuable networking connections. The university actively fosters partnerships and collaborations with external entities, facilitating internships, exhibitions, and professional development opportunities for its students.

SAIC is committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse community, welcoming individuals of all backgrounds and identities. The university values the unique perspectives and experiences that students bring to the table, enriching the learning environment and encouraging dialogue and collaboration.

In addition to its academic offerings, SAIC provides a range of resources and services to support the professional and personal development of its students. The university boasts state-of-the-art facilities, including well-equipped studios, exhibition spaces, and specialized workshops. Moreover, SAIC offers a variety of student organizations, mentorship programs, and career services to help students navigate their artistic journey and forge meaningful connections within the arts community.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago stands as a beacon for those who are passionate about the arts, providing a transformative education that empowers students to become visionary artists and innovators. With its unparalleled location, esteemed faculty, and dynamic curriculum, SAIC offers an immersive and inspiring environment for students to explore and realize their creative potential.

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Disability Accommodations

Services Provided

  • Notetaking Assistance
  • Exam Accomodations
  • Alternate Learning Material Formats (e-text, large print, etc.)
  • Assistive technologies (screen readers, voice input, etc.)
  • Scribe Services
  • Qualified Readers
  • Qualified Sign Language Interpreters
  • Text-Based Accommodations (CART or C-Print)

    Services Provided

    • Priority Enrollment
    • Reduced courseload
    • Medical leave
    • Residence Hall Accommodations
    • Degree Curriculum Substitutions

      Campus Accessibility

      Accessible Level

      • Student Health Services
      • Mental Health Support Services
      • Student Community Center and Other Common Gathering Areas
      • Student Housing
      • The library(ies)
      • Institution Online Platforms
      • Primary Educational Facilities Used for Classes
      • Entertainment and Event Facilities
      • Close Off-Campus Transit
      • Essential Administrative Offices (financial aid, registration, students services, career counseling, etc.)
      • Recreational and Athletic Facilities
      • On-Campus Transit

      Services Provided

      • Service and Emotional Support Animals
      • Study Abroad Program Accommodations
      • Internship, Externship, Field Placement, or other For-Credit, Off-Campus Work Experience Accommodations
      • Dietary Meal Plan Accommodations