Master On Campus


School of the Art Institute of Chicago

12 months
1798 USD/credit 53940 USD/year
1798 USD/credit 53940 USD/year
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The Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts (Low-Res MFA) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago program is designed for the 21st-century artist whose work and life demands both a rigorous engagement with an artistic community as well as flexibility, fluidity, and a self-directed approach.


School of the Art Institute of Chicago Low-Residency program is open to artists, writers, educators, curators, and historians. The flexibly structured curriculum supports a three-year plan of study that integrates studio work with art history, theory, philosophy, and poetry.

Learning outcomes

Three consecutive summer residencies at SAIC bring students together to create, construct, and critique work during six-week intensives structured through both studio- and classroom-based courses and symposia. Studio work builds toward a major thesis project with both exhibited and written components. Supported by faculty based at SAIC, students spend spring and fall semesters taking classes online and working remotely from a home studio, paired with a local SAIC program mentor.

The three-year program is organized into three topic-driven themes that investigate the philosophy of art.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Art History, Theory, and Criticism
  • Professional Practices
  • Thesis Studio

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.

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

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  • International

    53940 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1798 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    53940 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1798 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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