Master of Fine Arts in Studio: Printmedia

Master of Fine Arts in Studio: Printmedia

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Leah Mackin (MFA 2015), Untitled, 2015. Photo: Tony Favarula.

October 22, 2015
Master of Fine Arts in Studio: Printmedia

Application deadline: January 10, 2016

School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
Office of Admissions
Sullivan Center
36 S. Wabash Ave., Suite 1201
Chicago, IL 60603

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) Printmedia program engages issues of contemporary art by employing a wide variety of printing techniques and developing technologies and media. Graduate students work across disciplines to create prints, artists’ books, three-dimensional objects, installations, new media, and time arts.

– The department’s fundamental philosophy is interdisciplinary with a focus on experimentation and the processes of research and discovery necessary to bring ideas from conception to fruition. The cornerstone of SAIC’s graduate studio program is its focus on tutorially guided studio practice. Each semester, in addition to selecting graduate advisors from within the department, students can select from more than 100 graduate faculty advisors who represent a myriad of disciplines, approaches, and intellectual positions.

– SAIC’s Printmedia faculty are accomplished artists committed to expanding the notions of print. They are engaged in contemporary theoretical debates, and are committed to building a diverse, exciting environment for the exchange and production of cultural objects, images, and ideas.

– All graduate students in the Department of Printmedia are eligible for up to two teaching assistantships per semester where they provide technical and instructional support to faculty in the classroom. TAA positions are also available each semester in which two second-year graduate students co-teach an intro level printmaking class.

– Resources include access to the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago museum and the department’s cutting-edge equipment and facilities. The Department of Printmedia also hosts a number of visiting artists, critics, and scholars for lectures, critiques, and collaborations, providing opportunities for students to engage in a community beyond SAIC.

Apply by January 10, 2016. Contact the Admissions office at [email protected] with any questions about the application process. For application requirements and to apply online, visit


About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
For 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers, and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program ranked number two by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, as well as access to world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman. Learn more at



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