The Department of Contemporary Practices has an Instructional Shop with hand and floor-mounted power tools staffed by technicians to provide advice and training. Contemporary Practices also has a dedicated Media Center. You can check-out tools and equipment reserved exclusively for Contemporary Practices students, including:
- Video camcorders
- Digital audio recorders
- Digital cameras
- Lighting equipment
- Digital scanners
- Mold making equipment and supplies
- Hand Tools
- Sewing machines
Resources Available to all SAIC Students Include:
Libraries and Special Collections
Unique access to important libraries and special collections including a world-class museum.
The media centers provide audiovisual equipment and services to accommodate documentation, creation, instructional, and exhibition needs.
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.
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.
From bedazzlers to sewing machines, from traditional wood/metalworking to CNC milling, the SAIC Instructional Shops are facilities that have the resources to help you realize your projects. The shops are equipped with a wide range of hand, power, and stationary tools.
What the City of Chicago has 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.
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.