Fashion Department Resources
As one of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's distinguished SAIC's Special Collections, the Fashion Resource Center (FRC) maintains a unique hands-on collection of late 20th- and 21st-century designer garments and accessories representing extreme innovation.
The Advanced Output Center is SAIC’s prototyping lab specializing in laser cutting and 3D digital input and output. With very few stipulations, all of our facilities are open to the entire SAIC community. Availability of laser cutters/ 3D scanners and authorization times are available online.
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.
An invaluable resource for SAIC students and the public alike, the Visiting Artists Program fosters a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary art and culture through discourse. VAP arranges studio critiques and roundtable discussions for SAIC students, providing them with direct access to world-renowned speakers working across disciplines.
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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.