Design for Emerging Technologies

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

24 months
1730 USD/credit
1730 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The MFA in Studio, Design for Emerging Technologies program from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago offers students resources in interface design, physical interaction design, information architecture, physical computing, software-based optimization and analysis, and design for embedded control and robotic activation. 


SAIC's highly acclaimed Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Studio is a 60 credit hour program that supports creative work, inquiry, and investigation across 14 departments as part of the advanced preparation of fine arts practitioners.

We encourage our MFA Studio students to move beyond their home departments, working with faculty and peers in any area that supports their graduate work and research. Graduate studios for MFA students are spread across campus in clusters that allow for robust, interdisciplinary exchange.

Graduate-level courses and topical seminars support individual studio work by exposing students to the larger dialogues around the production, exhibition, and function of art and design as well as their expanded cultural production and reception. Students design a personalized curriculum by choosing from a wide variety of seminars, courses, and graduate advisors linked to numerous studio, design, and academic departments. Graduate critiques, central to the MFA experience, alternate between discipline-specific panels in the fall semester and interdisciplinary panels in the spring semester.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Global Reset Studio Seminar 
  • Studio 2 Discover 
  • Studio 2 Discover Lab 
  • Prototyping Methods Lab 
  • Thesis Studio 2: Manifest 
  • Pasitianing Methods Leb 
  • Leadership Matters Studio Seminar 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Admissions Requirements:

  • Completed Online Application
  • Nonrefundable Application Fee: 90$ (Application fees will be discounted by 50% through December 1.)
  • Official College Transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • ePortfolio
  • Interviews
  • Résumé

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1730 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1730 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1730 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1730 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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Updated over a year ago

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Design for Emerging Technologies
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