Computing: Laptop Program
The 2015–16 Laptop Program recommended model is an Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13" 2.9 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with 512GB PCIe-based flash storage, 8 GB memory, and 3-year AppleCare Protection Plan. You can purchase it with a student discount from any Apple Store, or online through the Apple Store for Education. You may also purchase from any Apple authorized retailer of your choice. Since Apple frequently releases new products, we recommend that before you buy, you check for up-to-date information on our Laptop Program page.
PLEASE NOTE: SAIC does not purchase laptops for students.
SAIC Technology Requirement
For more than 140 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been committed to providing the best and most innovative art education possible. SAIC seeks to ensure that, when you graduate, you are fully conversant with the tools that technology can provide. In order to ensure integrated curricular technology and equal access to a wide range of software, technical support and training, SAIC has instituted a technology requirement consisting of two parts: a school-wide laptop requirement and a technology fee.
All students enrolled for six or more degree credit hours are charged a technology fee. This fee enables a student to access wireless and wired networking, curricular software in computer classrooms and labs, and CRIT Help Desk support and training. In addition, students with a qualifying laptop computer can access curricular software both on and off campus. The 2015–16 technology fee is $275 per semester.