The Department of Contemporary Practices has an Instructional Shop with hand and floor-mounted power tools staffed by technicians to provide advice and training. Contemporary Practices also has a dedicated Media Center. You can check-out tools and equipment reserved exclusively for Contemporary Practices students, including:
- Video camcorders
- Digital audio recorders
- Digital cameras
- Lighting equipment
- Digital scanners
- Mold making equipment and supplies
- Hand Tools
- Sewing machines
As a student at SAIC, you'll also have access to...
The city of Chicago has a lot to offer.
Since the late 19th century, when the museum collection of the Art Institute was established as a study center for the School of the Art Institute, students have used the museum's vast holdings to inspire and inform their creative and scholarly practices. No other school of art and design can claim such a major museum as part of their campus.
A living laboratory of the study of late 19th- and 20th-century architecture, landscapes, and interiors—the development of the Chicago school of commercial architecture, the flowering of the Prairie style house, the progression of the City Beautiful movement in urban planning.