Within the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) Fiber and Material Studies department, equipment and facilities include: 

  • Mixed-media studio space
  • Industrial and portable sewing machines
  • Computerized embroidery machine
  • Serger
  • Knitting machines
  • Floor looms [4 to 16 harness]
  • TC-1 and TC-2 Digital Jacquard Looms
  • Fully equipped dye and printing facility
  • Heat transfer press
  • Printing tables
  • Computer lab
  • Feltmaking equipment
  • Smart lecture/critique space
  • Individual graduate studios
  • Table looms
  • Screen printing
  • Printers
  • Research Library, including journal collections in the Sharp Building, room 901
  • Artifacts in the Sharp Building, suite 908
  • Subject Librarian at the Flaxman Library
  • MDID—Fiber Collection
  • Advanced Undergraduate Studio Spaces


As a student at SAIC, you'll also have access to...

Libraries and Special Collections

Unique access to important libraries and special collections including a world-class museum.

Media Centers

The media centers provide audiovisual equipment and services to accommodate documentation, creation, instructional, and exhibition needs.

Gallery Spaces

The SAIC campus showcases a diversity of student artwork across multiple exhibition venues. Students can propose to exhibit their work in a variety of formats and locations.

The city of Chicago has a lot to offer.

World class museums and galleries

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. 

Unparalleled architecture

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.