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Miami is a multicultural metropolis where residents enjoy outdoor activities including visiting parks and beaches, bike riding, jogging, rollerblading, and swimming. The city has actively supported cycling in the region, leading to it being named as one of the country's most bike-friendly cities by Bicycling Magazine.
Miami's diverse environment is also evident in the international cuisine served at restaurants throughout the city. Here, regional food is often described as "Floribbean"—a mix between Caribbean and American cuisine. Other cultural favorites include Cuban-inspired and seafood restaurants.
Major regional employers include American Airlines, AT&T, Wachovia, Bank of America, and Royal Caribbean International. There are also a number of creative agencies, modeling agencies, and media groups in the region.
The city is known for its nightlife—and also its thriving cultural amenities. The recently opened Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is one of the largest performing arts centers in the country. There are numerous playhouses, museums, and theaters within the city, as well as the Bayfront Park Amphitheater where students may enjoy outdoor music. Sports enthusiasts enjoy cheering for the city's four major sports teams: The NFL's Miami Dolphins, the NBA's Miami Heat, MLB's Miami Marlins, and the NHL's Florida panthers.
Living up to its reputation as one of the world's most chic cities, Miami is home to some of the world's top modeling studios, Miami Fashion Week, and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Miami.
For nearly fifty years, students have chosen Miami International University of Art & Design to prepare them for creative careers. The school opened in 1965 as The International Fine Arts College, offering courses in Fashion Merchandising. Over the next 23 years, the school developed an international reputation for training fashion students.
In the early 1980s, the school began expanding its course offerings and in 2002, officially changed its name to Miami International University of Art & Design. The name reflects both the diversity of the Miami region as well as the quality of education provided in both art and design fields. To better meet the needs of the school's growth in the areas of design and media arts, it relocated to the Omni Building on Biscayne Boulevard that same year.
Today, the school has studios, 20 computer labs and classrooms, lecture rooms, the 800 square foot Main Gallery, student lounge, cafeteria, and a library and media center. The library has over 23,000 volumes and subscribes to more than two hundred periodicals specific to the academic programs offered; it also owns a special collection of Vogue magazines from 1947 and a rare and unique collection of the "The History of Costume - The Best of the Southeast Florida Region."
Students come from across the nation and over 60 countries. They are invited to share their unique culture with others and to experience many other cultures that surround them. Students may live in school-sponsored housing and participate in one of the many student organizations: the Comic Book Club, the Fashion Club, Fusion Music Promotions, IDG (Interior Design Group), INSOMNIADS Advertising Club, and the MoGraph Club for visual FX and motion graphics/animation.
Military veterans are invited to join the Stars & Stripes Division, which provides vets with the resources and support needed to succeed in higher education.