Computer Resources & Information Technologies
Computer Resources and Information Technologies
The Department of Computer Resources and Information Technologies (CRIT) provides technology and training resources to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) community and ensures that students, faculty, and staff have ready access to technology relevant to their fields of study, art practice, and professional duties. CRIT supports the entire life cycle of computer technology on campus, including: planning and budgeting; application development; end-user training; hardware maintenance; software distribution; end-user support; and inventory acquisition, distribution, and recycling.
CRIT's centralized structure allows the department to serve as a school-wide resource for both equipment and support. This arrangement is unique among post-secondary educational IT departments, and helps facilitate SAIC's distinctive interdisciplinary curriculum by enabling students to move seamlessly between different academic departments and areas of study. CRIT's integration of resources also provides a support structure that is adaptable and extensible, allowing the department to quickly accommodate SAIC's continually evolving technological needs.
CRIT Help Desk
CRIT Help Desk provides a number of services including email, wireless Internet access, password support, and coordination of computer resources and information for administrative, academic, and student users within the SAIC community. In-person support for applications and hardware needs, call center, and email correspondence is available. If you haven't received your SAIC email address or are having problems accessing it or if you have trouble with your password or access to any of SAIC's, contact the Help Desk. The SAIC WiFi Network is available for you to access via your laptop or mobile device.
Computer Resources oversees computer procurement and distribution for more than 5,000 institutionally owned assets across campus and coordinates with staff in CRIT and other departments to support the SAIC Laptop Recommendation, printing on campus, and school-wide hardware maintenance and repairs.
Educational Technology Advancement
Educational Technology Advancement provides training and educational resources for online curricular services (e.g., Canvas Learning Management System). Through lynda.com, students, faculty, and staff have access to more than 65,000 video tutorials with new courses added weekly.
Advanced Output Center
The Advanced Output Center is a 3D printing and prototyping lab specializing in digital input and output. The AOC’s facilities include laser cutting, large format 2D scanning and 3D printing and scanning.
Print Services offers a variety printer support services on campus, including self-service black and white and color laser copiers and wide format printers as well as support of departmental copiers and HP printers. For more information please visit their website at https://sites.saic.edu/printing
The Service Bureau is a professional digital-output lab that offers wide format archival printing, latex printing, press quality laser printing with several binding options, risograph printing, kiss cut stickers, and vinyl cutting.
General Access Computer Labs
The General Access (GA) Computer Labs at SAIC provide the school community with access to high-performance desktop computers and software for a variety of applications, including CAD (computer-aided design), multimedia production, animation, game design, and word processing. The GA Labs are also equipped with standard and large-format flatbed scanners, black-and-white and color laser printers, large-format inkjet printers, and a rotary paper cutter. These computer labs are located in the MacLean Center and 280 Building. They are open for walk-ins 24/7 during the fall and spring semesters and during the buildings' operating hours over the summer and winter interim.
Faculty and Student Resources
Email CRIT Help Desk
Course Evaluations for Teachers
Self-Service Reprint and Refund Policy
Reset Your ARTIC Password
Canvas FAQ/Faculty Training
SAIC Square (Self-Service Tech Support)
Learning and Admin Tools
How To Guides
Faculty and Staff Only
Systems Status Check
CRIT Help Desk
Virtually and MacLean Center
112 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 905
Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
General Access (GA) Computer Lab
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 901
280 Building, 280 S. Columbus Dr., Suite 114
Open for walk-ins 24/7 during the fall and spring semesters and during the buildings' operating hours over the summer and winter interim.
SAIC Service Bureau
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., Suite 1111
SAIC Advanced Output Center
Sullivan Center, 36 S. Wabash Ave., Suite 1232
SAIC Print Services
Course Evaluations Help