School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Located in ‘The Loop’ in downtown Chicago, SAIC has been described by Columbia University’s National Arts Journalism survey as ‘the most influential art school’ in the US.
The institute had humble beginnings in the 1866 founding of the Chicago Academy of Design, established by local artists in rented rooms and financed purely by member dues and patron donations.
Nowadays, the ultra-modern institute offers a wide selection of courses including fashion design, filmmaking and architecture as well as traditional disciplines such as painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture.
Famous alumni who have attended the university throughout history include filmmaker Orson Welles, humorist David Sedaris and artist Jeff Koons.