Graduate students in SAIC’s Sound Department have access to five sound studios and four work stations equipped with the following:

  • High-quality analog and digital mixers
  • Pro Tools digital audio workstations
  • Vintage MIDI synthesizers and samplers
  • Vintage and contemporary analog synthesizers and signal processors
  • A variety of outboard processing gear including several rare signal processors
  • Studio microphones
  • Performance controllers and microcontrollers
  • SuperCollider
  • IRCAM Tools
  • Purpose built labs for software and hardware design and development, and instrument construction
  • Several workstations for graduate student use, including a small studio with a Yamaha Disklavier computer-controlled acoustic piano
  • An inventory of portable equipment, including systems for high-quality digital location recording

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.

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Media Centers

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

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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.

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Visiting Artist Program

Visiting Artists Program

Public lectures are presented by world-renowned visiting artists, designers, and scholars. Speakers meet with students through studio visits, roundtable discussions, seminars, and workshops.

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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. 

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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.