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 1866, local artists founded the Chicago Academy of Design. Classes took place in rented rooms, and funding came solely from member dues and patron donations.
Nowadays, the ultra-modern institute offers a wide selection of courses including fashion design, filmmaking and architecture. It also covers more 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.