The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago

The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago


The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over fifty schools throughout North America dedicated to providing hands-on education in the creative and applied arts. The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago offers bachelor's and associate degree programs as well as non-degree programs for students interested in pursuing career opportunities from among tomorrow's 15 million jobs in creative fields like design, fashion, media arts and culinary (based on information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for job growth from 2012 to 2022).

A focused education from The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago can help students turn their creative energy into a powerful tool that can make a difference in the world. Students are part of a collaborative and supportive community, where experienced instructors provide the guidance and skills needed to pursue a career in the creative economy.

The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago is also an important resource for creative industry leaders who value the opportunity provided students to learn by using professional-grade technology to build a portfolio of work to show potential employers after graduation.

Accreditation and Licensing


Studying in the heart of the city puts students within easy reach of Chicago's many design, fashion, and advertising resources. The main campus of The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago is situated in the vast design complex that contains the Merchandise Mart, a glamorous fashion showcase of The Magnificent Mile, and the impressive advertising agencies of North Michigan Avenue. Many of the city's cultural attractions, as well as the leading fashion stores, are within walking distance of campus. The Culinary facility is located in the heart of The Loop, one block from Chicago's two largest department stores and within the newly revived theater district.

Chicago is a city of extraordinary architecture, 29 miles of lakefront, parks, neighborhood festivals, museums, and cultural attractions. Magnificent harbors, parks, beaches, and a wide variety of restaurants all contribute to the thriving city life. Visitors enjoy the well-known Midwestern hospitality and flock to well-known attractions like the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, and Millennium Park.

The city is also well known for its music traditions, from jazz to blues, from soul to gospel, house music to hip-hop.

Chicago is a world center of business, communications, and art and is also the home of some of the world's most passionate sports fans. The Cubs play at legendary Wrigley Field on the city's North Side and the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on the South Side. The Bulls play basketball at United Center, which is also where the NHL's Blackhawks play hockey. And the Chicago Bears make their home at Soldier Field.

Location & Contact

The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago
350 N. Orleans Street, Suite 136-L
Chicago, IL 60654-1593
United States
PHONE: 1.312.280.3500 or 1.800.351.3450
FAX: 1.312.280.8562


Advertising  Bachelor of Arts
Graphic Design Bachelor of Fine Arts/Associate of Applied Science*
Illustration & Design Bachelor of Fine Arts
Interior Design Bachelor of Fine Arts*
Media Arts
Audio Production Bachelor of Science
Digital Filmmaking & Video Production Bachelor of Fine Arts
Digital Image Management Diploma
Digital Photography Bachelor of Fine Arts
Game Art & Design Bachelor of Fine Arts
Media Arts & Animation Bachelor of Fine Arts
Fashion Design Bachelor of Fine Arts
Fashion Marketing & Management Bachelor of Arts
Fashion Merchandising Associate of Applied Science
Fashion Retailing Diploma
Baking & Pastry Diploma
Culinary Arts Associate of Applied Science*/Diploma
Culinary Management Bachelor of Applied Science*
Hospitality Management Bachelor of Science/Associated of Applied Science
Professional Baking & Pastry Certificate
Program availability and degree offerings are subject to change.

* denotes available in evening/weekend format

Academic Facilities

The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago provides a learning environment with professional-grade technology applicable to each student’s course of study. Students have the opportunity to build a portfolio of work that shows potential employers that they are trained to use the software, hardware, or equipment utilized within the industry. Depending upon the course of study, students are immersed in a creative environment—from classrooms to computer labs to studios—focused on relevant, hands-on education designed to prepare them for the real world. 


Actual tuition and housing costs will vary depending on program, number of credits enrolled, and living arrangements. Prospective students should contact a Student Financial Services professional at the school for details.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Students who require financial assistance should first complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at and meet with a financial aid officer. Students may also apply for a number of scholarships focusing on their specific areas of career interest.


Faculty members are hands-on creative professionals with proven experience as business leaders and innovators, hosting a learning environment similar to the career world students will face after graduation. Part instructor, part mentor, their mission is to help develop and transform creative potential into marketable skills. Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students should refer to the current academic catalog for full details regarding admission requirements and process.

Application and Information

To obtain an application, make arrangements for an interview, or tour the school, prospective students should contact:

The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago
350 N. Orleans Street, Suite 136-L
Chicago, IL 60654-1593
PHONE:  1.312.280.3500 or 1.800.351.3450
FAX:  1.312.280.8562

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Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. 350 N. Orleans Street, Suite 136-L, Chicago, IL 60654-1593 ©2015 The Art Institutes. Our email address is