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Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects, BFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Chicago, IL, United States
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio (BFA) from School of the Art Institute of Chicago is an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to prepare students for life as a 21st-century artist and designer. Students are encouraged to take courses in any medium of field of study relevant to their practice.
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AIADO from School of the Art Institute of Chicago offers pathways through the BFA that combine sequenced, project-based design studios with electives that build skills and expand knowledge in design. As a BFA student, Pathways offer you a guide to the prerequisites for advanced studios in the BFA, preparation for further graduate study, and support developing your own design portfolio.

AIADO offers combined coursework with Departments including Fashion Design, Fiber and Material Studies, Sculpture, and Ceramics; allowing students to build strong connections to other areas of the School. BFA students are encouraged to apply to the Department’s External Partnership courses with collaborators in industry and culture. Students participate in the undergraduate spine, including the Sophomore Seminar, Junior Professional Practice Seminar, and Capstone experience in their final year. BFA Students work in the School’s workshops, libraries, and museum collection, making the most of the resources of the School and the city.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    126 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Architecture/Interior Architecture
  • Studio 2
  • Positioning Methods
  • Prototyping Methods
  • Leadership Matters Studio
  • Design Communication

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

To apply to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), you will need to fill out an application and submit your standardized test scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation. And most importantly, we require a portfolio of your best and most recent work—work that will give us a sense of you, your interests, and your willingness to explore, experiment, and think beyond technical art and design skills.

In order to apply, we must have the following items and all of your application materials in our office:

  • Online application
  • Artist’s Statement
  • Transcripts
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Portfolio
  • Test Scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1666 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1666 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1666 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1666 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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