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School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Associated with the Art Institute of Chicago museum, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is one of the largest independent design and art schools in America. The institution was founded in 1866 as the Chicago Academy of Design and later reformed after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 as the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. Among the school's famous alumni are David Sedaris, Hugh Hefner, Sarah Vowell, Georgia O'Keeffe and Walt Disney.

Students living in university housing or an off campus apartment have access to the SAIC's courses in art and technology, art education and art therapy, printmaking, architecture, filmmaking, painting and drawing, sculpture, art history, video, writing, performance and fashion design.

As a part of the Art Institute of Chicago, the SAIC offers many programs and galleries affiliated with the museum. The Visiting Artists Program, founded in 1868, remains one of the oldest public programs at the college, inviting artists, scholars and designers to come give presentations on a variety of creative topics. The SAIC also features three galleries, the Betty Rymer Gallery, the Sullivan Galleries and the Student Union Galleries - which feature a mix of student, alumni and professional exhibits.

Student living and university living at the SAIC place students in the heart of downtown Chicago, within the "Loop" historic commercial center. Here students can visit city landmarks like Grant Park, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago River.

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