School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Master On Campus
12 months
1798 USD/credit
1798 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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One of the few programs in the country to consider sound outside a strictly musical context, School of the Art Institute of Chicago Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Sound program pushes students to extend and explore the medium, considering its experimental, aesthetic, critical, and conceptual dimensions.


Learning outcomes

The Sound department’s interdisciplinary approach at School of the Art Institute of Chicago 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
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 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

  • SAIC requires applicants to apply online. Filing an online application requires a valid credit card and a current email address. You may apply to up to three programs with one application and fee. If you are applying to either the MFA in Studio or the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio you may select up to three departments of entry.
  • Applications must be submitted prior to 11:00 p.m. (CST) on the appropriate deadline. When you click the "submit" button on the Graduate Application form, you will be prompted to enter credit card information to pay the application fee. Your application form is not fully submitted until you have entered your credit card information.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1798 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1798 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1798 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1798 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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