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Painting and Drawing, BFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Chicago, IL, United States
With up to 80 courses offered in the Department of Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) each semester, you have the choice, freedom, and openness to design a curriculum tailored to your creative needs while developing the skills and conceptual foundations necessary for your art practice.
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Overview

  • A number of department-specific undergraduate seminars are offered each semester. Some are broad in scope and critique-based, while others pertain to specific topics. Seminars generally include readings, slide presentations, discussions, group critiques, and museum visits. Advanced students can apply to one of two sections of advanced painting studio where they are assigned studio space and work with three different faculty members for three days each week.
  • The Department of Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is home to a great number of philosophies and approaches to painting. It is an open, pluralistic community with a strong commitment to experimentation. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Choose from:

  • Painting practice classes: learn the fundamentals of painting and become familiar with various forms of visual and critical engagement with a strong curricular emphasis on technical, formal, and material concerns.
  • Multilevel and studio drawing classes: Multilevel classes offer a fertile environment for you to continue developing your technical understanding while furthering individual projects. 
  • Figure drawing and figure painting classes: study form, shape, and line with faculty whose approaches to depicting the human figure range from the traditional to the experimental. 
  • Materials and techniques classes: offered every semester, these classes focus on the preparation and application of media such as egg tempera, casein, encaustic, and advanced acrylic techniques, among others.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    85

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General Requirements

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.
  • In-State

    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

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