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Classroom Lab Space

Located across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago, the Historic Preservation department includes a design studio with skylights, a conservation and materials laboratory with lecture space, a resource library, student lounge, and two dedicated lecture spaces, all housed in an enclosed two-floor unit with interior connecting staircase. 

Roger Brown Study Collection

Preserved in SAIC alum Roger Brown's (BFA 1968, MFA 1970) former home and studio, RBSC is filled with objects from the far corners of the world of thing-making. The 1888 storefront building is a laboratory where students engage in the care, organization, interpretation and preservation of varied collections. 

Learn more about the Roger Brown Study Collection

Ryerson & Burnham Libraries

The Ryerson & Burnham Libraries constitute a major art and architecture research collection serving The Art Institute of Chicago and scholars within the fields of art and architectural history with over 500,000 print titles, 100,000 auction catalogs, 1,200 current serial subscriptions, and extensive digital collections.

Access Our Archival and Research Collections

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.