The extensive and recently renovated Visual Communication Design department facilities include:
- Graduate Studios with office or studio work stations
- Networked computer software template
- Large screen monitors
- Resource room (design journals, media, and publications)
- SAIC Service Bureau (binding, papers, and large format printing)
- Fully equipped letterpress and type shop
Freelance, Internships, and Job Placement
In addition, Chicago's vibrant design community offers the opportunity for professional practice in every configuration of studio, media, and project type. Museums, nonprofit organizations, galleries, arts and theater organizations, recognized professional design studios, a thriving business community, and a multicultural patchwork of small economies all feed creative production here.
Freelance projects are posted in the Visual Communication Design Resource Room and design internships are coordinated through the school Co-op office. Students are prepared for professional placement through the course VCD 3009 Professional Practice, a course that addresses portfolio development, résumé writing, interviewing strategies, and job hunting.
As a student at SAIC, you'll also have access to...
Public lectures are presented by world-renowned visiting artists, designers, and scholars. Speakers meet with students through studio visits, roundtable discussions, seminars, and workshops.
The city of Chicago has a lot to offer.
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.
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.