The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) Master of Arts in Teaching [MAT] program prepares students to become critical teachers of visual culture and fulfills requirements for certification in the State of Illinois for K-12 Art Education [Type 10]. The MAT program advances critical citizenship in public schools by enabling teachers and their students to construct meaning and connect knowledge through inquiry and production of visual culture.
View our video to learn more about SAIC's Master of Arts in Teaching Program from its faculty, students and alumni. Also be sure to visit the program's website at saic.edu/mat for more information.
Founded as the Chicago Academy of Design in 1866, its purpose was to provide a challenging education in the studio arts and exhibition opportunities for its students. The School incorporated as the Chicago Academy of Fine Art in 1879, and changed its name to the Art Institute of Chicago in 1882. The Museum and School moved into a building designed and built for the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. Today the School is known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).
Defined be an extraordinary and rich diversity, Chicago offers artists access to unparalleled architecture and innovative public art, world-class museums, galleries, cutting-edge music and theater, and vibrant communities of working artists, designers, writers, and thinkers.