The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) laptop program requires all incoming first-year students and transfer students enrolled in Contemporary Practices program to purchase a laptop computer through the school. 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: