ACE Noncredit: Student Benefits

Continuing Studies ACE


Adult Continuing Education ARTIC Accounts

In order to access your SAIC benefits, you will need to active your ARTIC account. 

This account will also provide you will access to your SAIC email, library databases, and more. 

How to Activate Your ARTIC Account

Please note that you will need your SAIC ID number (located on your ARTICard and included in your registration confirmation) in order to complete this process.

To activate your account, visit and follow these steps:

  • Select Activate Account
  • On the Verification screen, enter the words displayed and select Verify
  • Enter your 7-digit SAIC ID number
  • Enter your Last Name
  • Enter your Birthdate using the following format (DD-MMM, e.g. 22-FEB)
  • Select Activate

Be sure to read all instructions and record your account information for future reference.

You must complete the entire process or your account will not be activated.

For assistance, students, faculty and school staff can contact the CRIT Help Desk at 312.345.3535 or

Technology and Computer Resources


Connect to the SAIC wireless network anywhere on campus from your laptop, tablet, or smartphone. 

More Information 


Your ARTICard has been preloaded with ARTICPrint funds in the amount of $12 in fall and spring semesters, and $6 in summer. These funds can be used at the Service Bureau, SAIC’s professional digital-output center, or any number of print and copy stations on campus.

Visit the Service Bureau, SAIC's digital-output center, or get more information on Printing on Campus here. 

Computer Labs

Use the SAIC General Access Computer  Lab located in the MacLean Center, 112 South Michigan, room 901, for current versions of software for digital imaging and video, desktop publishing, 3D rendering, website authoring, animation, multimedia, graphic, and audio applications.

General Access Computer Labs Information


Canvas is a cloud-based Learning Management System (LMS), similar to Blackboard, Moodle, etc. It provides tools to help faculty manage curricular resources and communication with students.

Canvas Student Orientation

Campus Resources and Privileges

ARTICash Funds

Use your ARTICard as a purchasing card on campus and at local businesses. 

ARTICard Information and Depositing Options 

Note: Select Depositing Options for locations of on-campus value transfer stations.

Flaxman Library

Check out materials and use media screening rooms. 

Flaxman Library

Free Online Courses

Watch and learn with your SAIC membership to features over 3,967 online training courses.  Video tutorials are available from your computer, tablet, or smartphone anytime.

Lynda Online Software Training Information

Research and Media Databases

Your ARTIC account gives you access to over 120 online research databases.  These include scholarly journals, video archives, and everything in between. 

A-Z Online Database

Video Data Bank

Use the screening room to watch historic and contemporary works of Video Art.

Video Data Bank

Sullivan Galleries

Attend openings and see the work of cutting-edge contemporary artists, including SAIC faculty, students, and alumni. 

More Information and Full Exhibition Schedule

Campus Discounts

Parking Discount

Discounted parking is available at the Mid-Continental Plaza Building at 55 East Monroe Street after 4:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday or anytime Saturday and Sunday. Registered students may apply for a discount card at the garage office on level P-2.

Contact the Parking Office at 312.986.6821 for more information.

ARTICard Discounts

Receive student discounts at Pret a Manger (Michigan Ave.), Peach and Green (Wabash Ave.), Dunkin Donuts (Monroe St.), and Under 55 Cafe (Monroe St.).


Portfolio Review Day

All current Adult Continuing Education students are invited to participate in Portfolio Review Day in fall and spring.

Fall 2020: Saturday, December 12

Reviewers may include Continuing Studies instructors, certificate program alumni, and Admissions representatives, among others.

Reviews will be 30 minutes in length, and scheduled on a first come, first served basis. There will be an advance registration period for students completing a noncredit certificate that need to fulfill the portfolio requirement.