Accessibility is a core element of the Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center’s Mission. At CIADC, we place great importance on making all of our industrial arts & design processes and tools available to you. In addition to classes, our Studio Department shops are available for use through our Studio Access program. Studio Access is shop work time outside of enrolled Class time, and is available to both current and former students.
All our Studio Access times are in 3-hour scheduled blocks throughout the week and are supervised for safety and proper tool use. Studio Access comes in 2 forms. Both act as extra work time, the difference is with instruction:
Open Studio Access (OSA) is supervised, non-instructional work time outside of Class time. OSA is available to Students, Students Members, and Access Members certified in that Department. The current term Department OSA schedule is available here. The cost of OSA depends on Member status.
Advanced Studio Access (ASA) is additional instruction and work time outside of normal Class time, available to current Students and Student Members of the Department only. The Department ASA schedule is posted in each shop after the start of the term. The cost of ASA depends on Member status.
Member Status Definitions and Studio Access Cost:
Student: non-Member, currently enrolled in any Department Core Class
- OSA: $26/3hr; can use in Department of Class only
- ASA: $39/3hr; can use in Department of Class only
Student Member: CIADC Member, currently enrolled in any Department Core Class
- OSA: $22/3hr; can use in any certified Department (must meet STUC pre-requisites for Department(s) outside of Class)
- ASA: $33/3hr; can use in Department of Class only
Access Member: former Student, and current CIADC Member, not currently enrolled in any Department Core Class
- OSA: $33/3hr; can use in any certified Department (must meet STUC pre-requisites)
- ASA: Available to Students and Student Members only
Core Class: 5-week or 10-week, or equivalent, adult class. Core Classes are marked as such in the Class listings
Safety and Tool Use Certification (STUC): The Safety and Tool Use Certification (STUC) is a brief review of general and Department-specific safety, policies, and an introduction to any new equipment. A STUC is required each term to use Open Studio Access when not enrolled in a Core Class in that Department. More detail on STUC pre-requisites can be found here