The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg, part of the Art Institute network of schools located in over 40 cities across the United States, dates all the way back to 1916. Originally established as the Commercial Art School, it was one of the first colleges in the country to focus solely on design and applied art. In the 1930s (then called the Ray-Vogue School), the college was recognized as one of the top places to pursue studies in applied art and design programs. After moving to Schaumburg (a suburb of Chicago) in the 1980s, the college eventually became one of the Art Institutes.
The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The college is also part of the North Central Association and has authorization from the Illinois Board of Higher Education. The Interior Design Program, part of the BFA degree, receives its accreditation from the Council for Interior Design.
The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg Design Program has a number of areas of study. Students can pursue an Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design, a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising or a BFA in Interior Design or Graphic Design. Students in the Fashion Department can pursue a BFA in Fashion Design or a BA in Fashion Marketing and Management. The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg is also current on the latest trends in filmmaking and web design. BFA degrees are available in Digital Photography, Digital Filmmaking, Media Arts, Web Design, Visual Effects & Graphics, Game Art Design and more.
For students working full time, there are evening and weekend classes, as well as a rolling curriculum, allowing for individuals to tailor their college schedule around a life schedule.