University of Illinois
A Freshman at SAIC
I joined SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) due to it-s immense popularity and historical significance. I heard about it from one of my relatives and thought it to be a great fit for my passion. Another factor for me choosing this university at one go was because of its nearness from my relative's place. The application process for my course was done online, at the common application. The fee I had to pay for the process was $70.
As far as the course curriculum is concerned, I think it-s sufficient to be applied in real life. I had opted for a bachelor's degree in fine arts and studio with Art and Technology study as my major subject. As for now, Art and Technology Studies (ATS) is a fine art department focused on the use of technology as an art medium.
I had to undertake the SAT in which I scored 1350 and it also required TOEFL scores in which I secured 87 marks. Along with this, I also submitted a neatly designed portfolio that gives a sense of your interests, skills and willingness to explore beyond technical skills. I didn't know what an Artist's statement is before I had to submit one to get admission.
Being an International Student, I had been offered a financial aid of $25000 but still, university costs per annum were around $64000 including tuition fees, House Rent, Board allowances other academic activities. In short, it will cost you around $49000 only for tuition fees if you exclude living expenses.
I-ve joined the college just now and seniors have advised staying in-campus hostels for the first year at least to get an overview of the college. The cost of living expenses is expected around $15000 including room rent, board allowance, book supplies, my personal allowances and transport combined.
Most alumni who have completed their graduation long back collaborate with CAPX and visit the campus for placements. My senior in the department of Painting secured a job at TimeLine Theatre Company. In addition to this companies like Manual Cinema, Shane Campbell Gallery and a lot more visit the campus.
I have heard about Handshake when I was in my first year of graduation, it is the college career network of the future. CAPX is the team handling it. One of my seniors who just passed out recently had an internship at Steve Madden in New York and also one got a chance at 826 Chicago Internship.
I have been a part of various on-campus events like Graduate SAIC day, Graduate Open Studio Night, Chicago Graduate Portfolio day and A meet and greet with students from the Art Institute of Chicago.
Monthly Expense : $200 - $500