Since its founding in 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has been a leader in educating the world's most influential artists, designers, and scholars. With a fine arts graduate program consistently ranked among the top programs in the United States by U.S. News and World Report, the School provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's 3,650 undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have access to unparalleled resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum; the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, an extensive art and architecture research collection; the Gene Siskel Film Center; and on-campus galleries, anchored by a 32,000-square-foot exhibition space.

Studying in the heart of Chicago, one of the world's most creatively vibrant and architecturally rich cities, the School's students translate the most complex ideas into tangible forms–stories, paintings, sculptures, films, performances, books, installations, inventions, buildings, and community projects.

For 153 years, students have had the freedom to take risks and create bold ideas—as seen through notable alumni such as David Sedaris, Richard Hunt, Georgia O'Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, and Jeff Koons.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the leading colleges of art and design, offering 23 diverse degree programs, including New Arts Journalism, a program taught uniquely within the context of a fine art academy. The New Arts Journalism program helps aspiring journalists write reviews, essays, interviews, and feature stories, and examine the contexts of investigative reporting, the opinion piece, the documentary, and the critical essay.