Next Steps for Enrolled Students

Your ARTIC account is the key to accessing Canvas and other student resources. You will also use your ARTIC account username and password to login to your new email address. Your instructor will communicate with you through Canvas and your email address.

Make sure to regularly check your email address during the course.

To activate your ARTIC account, you will need to:

  • Locate your SAIC ID number in the Registration Confirmation email that you were sent after signing up for classes. If you already have an SAIC student ID card (ARTICard) you will also find it there.
  • Go to
  • 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 this exact date format: DD-MMM (e.g., 22-FEB)
  • Select Activate

Your login is automatically assigned but you will create your own password. Passwords must be alphanumeric and at least six characters. Be sure to record your account information for future reference.

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

Need help? Contact the CRIT Help Desk at 312-345-3535 or email

Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Visit Use your ARTIC account username and password to log in. Canvas notifications and communication from your instructor will be sent to this address.

Need help? Contact the CRIT Help Desk at 312-345-3535 or email

Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Canvas is SAIC’s online learning platform and will be the central resource for all of your course materials and communication with instructors and peers. Visit Canvas or download the app for Android or Apple and login using your SAIC username and password.

Bookmark You will be able to use your ARTIC account username and login to access your Canvas courses.

If you are not familiar with Canvas, it will be important to do at least one of the following.

For additional resources, review the information available online about Canvas at SAIC. You may also contact our Canvas support team at

If your course will be holding live video conferencing sessions, you will need to download zoom in advance of the first day of class.

To download Zoom, go to Zoom: Starting the Zoom Desktop Client and select the download that corresponds with your computer, tablet, or phone. For more information, visit:

Zoom: Sharing your screen - Screen sharing may be helpful for some participants in order to show digital work.

Typically, supply lists for ECP courses are provided to students during the first class session.

However, some instructors may choose to provide a supply list to students in advance if specific materials are required during the first week of class. If your instructor has chosen to release the supply list prior to the start of class, you will find it at the link below.

Please check to see if your supply list has been posted at least one week prior to class starting so you have time to order the supplies you need.

Course Supply Lists

All courses and workshops with live sessions are scheduled in Central Time. Make sure to plan your schedule accordingly.

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