|Ethnicity Breakdown||Asian||Black||Caucasian||Hispanic||Middle Eastern||Native American||Pacific Islander|
|School of the Art Institute of Chicago Students||11%||22%||46%||32%||2%||2%||1%|
|All Bold.org College Students||11%||21%||37%||25%||2%||2%||1%|
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I started off very very depressed. I had no ability to form connections with my peers and I felt like I could form no relationships with others. After my classes started I slowly started making friends. I've had a very low-key social life since then. SAIC is not a party college and is very art gallery party-oriented. The colleges nearby might have more of that scene. The food in the dining halls is fine, but I am not affected by food-related restrictions. My friends with celiac disease do not eat the food at all of the three dining halls due to cases of cross-contamination, limited or zero options, and feeling as if they are a bother to the workers for asking for a gluten-free bun. The dorms are nice. Three buildings to choose from and I choose the cheapest. It honestly is nice and there's never a day I don't get to see drama from the comfort of my room. It's a busy place and I'd take cost into consideration if you decide to apply. Definitely get all the coupons, discounts, and sales you can when it comes to supplies and shopping.
Nights in Chicago can be dangerous. Take advantage of the services that the school has and definitely look for reviews of all ratings.
I learned new skills and non-traditional techniques I'd never heard of such as woodworking and making art materials.
I personally don't like the subjects, which are social science and humanity, because they make us write shit tons of papers while in art school, and I think we should prioritize working on our studio projects instead of writing papers that have nothing to do with our art practices.
SAIC is an amazing school for making connections to fellow artists as well as professionals across the US.
Tuition is a lot, and may not feel worth it to everyone.
The Art Institute is the perfect location for an art school, the teachers are great, and the community is fantastic. I would agree that art school is very overpriced and the institution exploits both students and faculty for money. However, I see SAIC as one of the best art schools in the country when compared to other art conservatories.
SAIC will not give you a traditional college experience. There is no real "campus" as the buildings are located in the heart of the city. There are only about 3000 students and we are very spread out throughout the city because of housing. It will be an alternative to a four-year university which isn't for everyone.
I believe the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is a great institution for students who are trying to find a place to enrich their artistic skills and knowledge. It's absolutely an art hub that any artist would thrive to have. And don't miss out on the library and the opportunity to go to the museum for free.
I believe you should be aware of the fact that even though the school has a reputation for its remarkable resource for artists, students have to beware that it's their choice and their own effort that decide their success. It's important to be highly conscious of what you want to become and what you want to do in order to get the best out of this experience at SAIC.
One thing I really appreciate about SAIC is how open it is in terms of artistic interests. Because the majors tend to be fairly general, you have a lot of freedom to try out different classes and mediums if you would like, without having to worry about not fulfilling the credits required for your degree. This allows for students to explore whatever artistic interests they might have, which I think is very valuable as one might find a deep passion for something they never would have tried otherwise.
The school is extremely expensive, not only tuition-wise but supplies-wise as well. The professors will provide you with a material list at the start of the class, and some of the materials can be extremely expensive, so there's a very large financial investment that comes with attending SAIC.