Specialized educational resources facilitate research and build knowledge. In every department and program, SCAD students work with advanced, professional-level technology, equipment and resources. For example, SCAD is a Digidesign Certified Pro School for sound design and students can become Pro Tools certified before graduating. Illustration students create work using Wacom Cintiq displays.
Students of the building arts use the latest electronic design software including Bentley MicroStation V8, 3D Studio VIZ, SURFCAM AutoCAD, Autodesk Maya and Revit. Fibers students work with Compu-dobby looms, an electronic Jacquard loom and a Mimaki textile printer. The advanced technology labs for furniture and industrial design students include computer numerically controlled equipment for rapid prototyping and production as well as a large envelope five-axis CNC router and laser cutters. Computer resources include SolidWorks and Rhino 3-D. Seven 3-D printers allow students to print ABS and polycarbonate 3-D models of their computer-generated designs.