School of the Art Institute of Chicago

24 months
1730 USD/credit
1730 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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One of the few programs in the country to consider sound outside a strictly musical context, SAIC’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Sound program pushes students to extend and explore the medium, considering its experimental, aesthetic, critical, and conceptual dimensions.


The Sound department’s interdisciplinary approach to making sound includes analog and digital studio-based audio craft, computer programming, performance (improvisation and repertoire), sound installation, hardware design, text-based sound work, songwriting, and radio. Students are trained to engage in self critique and pursue technical research at an advanced level. The nature of the work produced is entirely dependent upon the student’s own processes, interests, and obsessions.

Programme Structure

The cornerstone of SAIC's graduate studio program is its focus on tutorially guided studio practice. Each semester in addition to selecting from graduate advisors in the department, you will select from more than 100 graduate faculty advisors  at SAIC, representing  myriad disciplines, approaches, and intellectual positions. Ultimately, it is the student's work that drives the choice of advisor, and both disciplinary and interdisciplinary work is supported and advanced. Faculty from every department in the school serve as graduate advisors, and students are encouraged to work with faculty from outside of their home department in order to expand the critical discourse surrounding their work.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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

  • Completed Online Application
  • Application fee: $90
  • Official College Transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • ePortfolio
  • Interviews

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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