The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Painting and Drawing offers graduate students the following equipment and facilities:

  • Individual studios
  • Five large, naturally lit critique spaces
  • Computer labs
  • Free figure model sessions
  • Laser cutters
  • Access to video and audio editing equipment, professional grade digital cameras and light kits
  • Affordable digital printing
  • Well-ventilated spray booths
  • Storage racks

Undergraduate equipment and facilities include:

  • Critique spaces equipped with digital projectors
  • Large, well-lit and well-ventilated classrooms with natural lighting in addition to color-correcting lighting
  • Access to library, computer labs, models, wood shop, and metal shop
  • Affordable digital printing
  • Free figure model sessions
  • Ample storage rack space
  • In-house art supply store
  • Well ventilated spray booth


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.