Talk:School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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New President[edit]

As of the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year Tony Jones was replaced by Wellington “Duke” Reiter as president of the school. [1]

And as of this writing (February 2, 2011) Wellington Reiter is out and Walter Massey is the new president. Cosmo1976 (talk) 03:56, 2 February 2011 (UTC)

Notable Alumni[edit]

In order for a name to be listed as a "notable alumni" of SAIC, it's a fair test of the individual's true notability that Google returns a few links leading to things they've accomplished. If not, the name should be removed. This is a way to keep the article clean of egotistical clutter.

Rather, shouldn't the test of notability be an independent Wikipedia entry regarding an individual and/or thier accomplishments? Absolutely anybody could be Googled and have a list of "accomplishments." Does anyone agree with this? There is already some "egotistical clutter" going on with the existing guidelines. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:56, 23 May 2008 (UTC)

Yes, the existence of an independent Wikipedia article would be the better test. I think that many current names would be removed if this test was applied. Cosmo1976 (talk) 03:56, 2 February 2011 (UTC)

Change Article[edit]

Since Art Institute of Chicago is the official title of the museum, an article titled School of the Art Institute of Chicago might be more appropiate since it is their official title. It is likable to Boston Museum of Fine Arts being separated from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. --radiokillplay 16:39, 1 June 2006 (UTC)

Clarifying Museum / School Relationship[edit]

Whenever someone has time, a separate article devoted to the School would be a good project to pursue. For the record, though, it should be factually understood by Wikipedian's that the Art Institute of Chicago is a single incorporated entity in which the Museum and the School are equal partners. While there is a valid image of separation in the public mind, it's a fact that the two are equal partners with shared administrative resources. Some examples:

There is one Human Resources Department which hires (and fires) employees of both the Museum and the School. There is one Design and Construction Department which oversees new construction and renovation in both Museum buildings and School buildings. I cite these two facts (which are only two of many others which would further illustrate the point) to clarify the Museum/School relationship for Wikipedian's who may not be familiar with these details.

It's also a fact that while names may be similar (Art Institute of Phoenix, for example) the Art Institute of Chicago has no corporate connection or administrative relationship with any other facility in any other city. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)


I've modified the first sentence of the article to remove the language that the Art Institute "is one of the premiere fine art institutions in the United States." While I don't disagree with this statement (in fact, I agree adamantly), it is not a neutral statement and thus technically should not be part of an encyclopedia article. CPAScott 22:27, 4 December 2006 (UTC)

...unless it is attributed to a reliable source. — goethean 22:52, 4 December 2006 (UTC)
That reliable source has been added. --SquatGoblin 23:36, 3 February 2007 (UTC)

Clean-up and Improvement[edit]

School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Art Institute of Chicago are now separate. SAIC's article has a slew of new additions but could always use clean-up. I added many new sections, but it could always use more history. Let's try to keep everything consistent and clean. --SquatGoblin 02:09, 4 February 2007 (UTC)


How many times, exactly, is it necessary to indicate that the Art Institute of Chicago is in Chicago? Is there a widespread misconception that it's in Milwaukee? 01:04, 17 February 2007 (UTC)

If you feel it's redundant, remove the redundancies. It seems to me that "Chicago" is used where necessary and not superfluously. -- 22:35, 5 March 2007 (UTC)

Mirth & Girth - Harold Washington Incident[edit]

Just a note: please use references and avoid using WP:NOR. Considering the controversial nature of this incident and the impact it had on the school, it would be best if we avoided original research and basing it on simple recollection of the events such as the argumentation of whether the school was right or wrong in their response.

Please also avoid adding information where there are cited references if the information isn't included in those references. -- 10:17, 14 June 2007 (UTC)

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Enough with the lists, it makes the article unreadible. I delted this list as one list too much and it is really uneeded:

  • Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO)
  • Art Administration and Policy
  • Art education
  • Art therapy
  • Art history, theory, and criticism
  • Art and technology studies
  • Ceramics
  • Design for emerging technologies
  • Interactive Design
  • Computer Programming
  • Web Design
  • Fashion design
  • Headwear design
  • Fiber and material studies
  • Weaving
  • Print for materials
  • Dye
  • Film, Video & New Media
  • First Year Program/Contemporary Practices
  • Core Studio [sections include "Surface"(2D media), "Space" (3D), and "Time" (includes performance and video.)]
  • Research Studio
  • Liberal arts
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Languages
  • Liberal Arts
  • Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Painting and drawing
  • Performance
  • Photography
  • Printmedia
  • Silkscreen
  • Offset printing
  • Etching
  • Lithography
  • Digital output
  • Book binding
  • Sculpture
  • Metal work
  • Foundry
  • Wood
  • Sound
  • Visual communication
  • Graphic Design
  • Information Design
  • Typographic Design
  • Package Design
  • Visual and critical studies
  • Writing

Undergraduate Degree Programs[edit]

  • B.A. in Visual and Critical Studies
  • B.F.A. in Studio Arts
  • B.F.A. in Visual Communication
  • B.F.A. with an emphasis in Writing
  • B.F.A. with an emphasis in art History, Theory, and Criticism
  • B.F.A. with an emphasis in Art Education
  • B.I.A. Bachelor of Interior Architecture

Graduate Degree Programs[edit]

  • M.F.A. in Studio Arts
  • M.F.A. in Writing
  • M.F.A. in New Arts Journalism
  • M.A. in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism
  • M.A. in Art Education
  • M.A. in Teaching
  • M.A. in Art Therapy
  • M.A. in Arts Administration and Policy
  • M.A. in Visual and Critical Studies
  • M.S. in Historic Preservation
  • Master of Architecture
  • Master of Architecture with an emphasis in Interior Architecture
  • Master of Design in Designed Objects
  • Master of Design in Fashion, Body, and Garment

Other Degrees[edit]

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fashion, Body, and Garment
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio Arts
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Writing
  • Graduate Certificate in Art History, Theory, and Criticism