Raritan Valley Community College is now the fifth community college in the country to sign a transfer agreement with the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).
The new agreement enables RVCC students to seamlessly transfer into the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program at SAIC, providing they fulfill the necessary requirements. This includes participating in a portfolio review for the transfer of studio credit and placement in SAIC’s departments of Fashion Design; Visual Communication Design; Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects; Film, Video, New Media and Animation; and Photography.
“RVCC is proud to be the only college on the East Coast to sign a transfer agreement with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the oldest accredited art college in the U.S. This new agreement is a terrific opportunity for RVCC students to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at a school that’s ranked the number two arts college in the country by U.S. News & World Report,” said James B. Ventantonio, RVCC Interim President.
“This new agreement is an important step that brings Raritan Valley students much closer to SAIC,” said Asia Mitchell, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. "Students who are able to take advantage of this agreement will put their knowledge to work within a community of like-minded individuals from all walks of life, joined together by an intense interest in reshaping the visual landscape, when they come to our campus in the heart of Chicago."
RVCC graduates have already achieved success at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago over the past few years, with 10 former students currently enrolled at SAIC.
Under the new agreement, RVCC students may transfer up to 66 credits to SAIC, with a maximum of 30 studio credits permitted. Students also may qualify for a number of scholarship opportunities at SAIC, including merit scholarships and scholarships through the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.
A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from around the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC's resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. For more information, please visit www.saic.edu.
For information about the new articulation agreement, contact Paul Michaud, RVCC’s Director of Transfer & Career Services,908-526-1200, ext. 8333.