Community and Social Engagement
SAIC students are not only engaged in their immediate community in Chicago’s Loop, but also interact with the city and world at large. The school’s facility in Homan Square on Chicago’s west side offers courses in Architectural Design, Art Education, Fashion Design, and other studio disciplines that allow students to understand the role of designers and artists as agents for social change. Students partner with local youth on projects dealing with subjects such as housing solutions. Other courses in Sculpture, Film, Video, New Media, and Animation, Art Education, Art Therapy and Counseling, Visual and Critical Studies, and other departments take students on the CTA, to local prisons, and other communities to explore homelessness, incarceration, food resources, access to education, and other areas of social justice. Please see your advisor to discuss course listings related to community and social engagement. Sample classes are listed below.