The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is located in Chicago, Illinois. It is a professional fine arts college and is related to The Art Institute of Chicago. They share many managerial resources like design, construction and human resources. In the year 1866, a group of 35 artists founded Chicago Academy of Design in a studio with the purpose to set up a free school with its own art gallery. The School was modeled on other European art schools. The classes started in 1868, but the Great Chicago Fire caused a great damage to the school. In 1879, the old Institute was abandoned as it was in huge debts and a new organization, the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts was founded. In the year 1882, the organization changed its name to the present Art Institute of Chicago. Initially the School of the Art Institute of Chicago taught fine art and architectural design but after the Second World War liberal arts and design classes were also introduced.
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago offers undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate degrees and certificates. The bachelor degree program includes courses in visual and critical studies, studio, interior architecture, emphasis in writing, art history, theory and criticism. The graduate degree includes master degree in studio, writing, art education, architecture with emphasis in interior arch, teaching, art therapy, historic preservation, design in design objects, arts administration and policy and visual and critical studies.
The mission of School of the Art Institute of Chicago is to provide excellence in delivering a global education in visual, design, media and related arts, with attendant studies in the history and theory of those respective disciplines which is set within a broad humanistic curriculum in liberal arts and sciences. It also aims to provide adequate instructions in written and spoken media.
The Museum at School of the Art Institute of Chicago has a remarkable collection of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist work, a Surrealist Collection, Photography, Textiles and a rapidly-expanding collection of arts from Asia. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago also organizes various exhibitions from time-to-time and undertakes different projects.