UPDATE: Maybe Kanye West won’t be teaching college courses after all. Despite tweeting over the weekend that he would be teaching a course at the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy of Art, a school spokesperson has said otherwise.
“We’re flattered that Mr. West would have an interest in teaching emerging artists and designers at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; however, Mr. West is not currently teaching at SAIC, and at this time, there are no plans for him to do so,” a spokesperson from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago told COED in a statement.
The original story can be seen below.
If you ever wanted to learn directly from Kanye West, you’re going to get your chance. This weekend, the hip-hop star announced that he will be teaching college courses at The Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy of Art. There is no word on exactly when Kanye will begin teaching or what courses he will teach, but it’s now out there for the world to see.
Neither school has confirmed Kanye’s comments.
Kanye previously received an honorary PhD from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005, via VICE.com. Kanye’s mother was previously a professor at Chicago State University, where Kanye briefly attended along with the American Academy of Art.
“This is what we’re all about at the Art Institute of Chicago,” said Lisa Wainwright, dean of faculty and vice president of academic affairs for the school, in a statement at the time he received his honorary degree, via NBC-5 Chicago. “Our students have no majors, Kanye has no major. He crosses disciplines, he’s from Chicago, he impacts the culture in a profound way. This is a guy who is struggling with the historical moment with issues of race and class and fame and power and sexuality. It’s so in accord with what our students are doing.”
Kanye, who was born in Atlanta, Georgia but calls Chicago home, has been staying busy as a rapper, songwriter, producer, and fashion designer. Kanye has collaborated with brands like Nike and Louis Vuitton, while recently producing a string of albums this summer from artists like Pusha T, Nas, and Teyana Taylor. Now, as long as he’s not trolling the world, he can add college professor to his list of credentials.