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.

All incoming first-year students and transfer students enrolled in Contemporary Practices program are required to have an Apple MacBook Pro laptop computer that meets or exceeds minimum specifications.

The 2016–17 Laptop Recommendation 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 through 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, check for up-to-date information on our Laptop Recommendation page.

The school-approved laptop includes a diverse template of software that supports the development of your practice. SAIC has resources in place that give you access to:

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:

SAIC provides you access to many other resources, including:

In addition, the city of Chicago is home to: