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The Early College Program Summer Institute at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago offers two- and four-week summer camp sessions for teens beginning in June and July. Read More!

About School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Ideas matter. At SAIC, we believe meaning and making are inseparable. Our studios are laboratories, where conceptual thinking, art making, design, and creative writing skills are developed and strengthened. The Early College Program (ECP) Summer Institute provides high school students the necessary creative freedom to develop a structured dialogue between ideas and process. Mirroring the methods and practices of contemporary artists, designers, and writers, students choose courses within focused disciplines, yet retain opportunities to freely explore media in order to develop strong, portfolio-quality work. Teens are encouraged to explore a wide variety of materials and processes to discover new ways of defining their creative practice.

Join us in Chicago to expand your creative talents, explore new ideas, and strengthen your commitment to the study of art and design.

"Made me feel like a real artist not just a high school student that does art."—Andie Bush, student

Why ECP Summer Institute?

·       Opportunity to receive college credit and have the portfolio requirement of their SAIC undergraduate application waived.

·       College-level instruction from SAIC's outstanding faculty with additional support from student Teaching Assistants.

·       Access to SAIC's extensive resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum.

·       Gain insight into SAIC's undergraduate program

Enrollment: Approximately 150 students per two-week sessio—83% female, 17% male
Students living on campus: 90%
Percent international students: 17%
Countries represented: Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Mexico, Russian Federation, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Venezeula
Instructional staff to student ratio 1:8

Q & A with SAIC's ECP Summer Institute

Q: What makes your camp or program unique?

A: SAIC’s ECP Summer Institute is designed to have students focus in one area, allowing in depth exploration of a particular discipline. Experimentation and critical feedback from renowned faculty and peers promote discovery and refinement of skills. As a result, ECP Summer Institute students leave the program with higher confidence and innovative, portfolio-quality work.

Q: Describe a typical day in your camp or program.

A: Typical ECP Summer Institute students spend most of their time producing work. In addition to all-day classes, students are expected to attend evening workshops and lectures, and complete homework assignments over the weekend. The ECP Summer Institute is first and foremost an intensive academic program for serious high school students.

Q: What type of teenager participates in your camp or program?

A: Students enrolled in an ECP Summer Institute course should be prepared to make an active and intensive commitment to the study of art, design, and writing.

Q: Where do your participants come from?

A: ECP Summer Institute students come from all over the United States and internationally. Last year, the bulk of American students resided in Illinois, California, Texas, and Florida, while international students represented 15 countries.

Q: What is the housing like and what can you tell us about the meals?

A: Housing is available for all students at Jones Hall, one of SAIC’s residence halls conveniently located a few blocks from the academic facilities. Jones Hall is a recently renovated facility that has been designated a National Historic Landmark building. All rooms are double occupancy with private bath and kitchenette.

The SAIC meal plan, required for all residence hall students, provides approximately 10 meals per week. Dining facilities are located in the LeRoy Neiman Center and Columbus Drive building.

Q: Any other information you think teens should know about your program?

A: Interwoven into the fabric of vibrant downtown Chicago, SAIC’s campus provides the ideal platform for ECP Summer Institute students to explore new artistic domains. Chicago, home to one of the country’s largest concentrations of working artists, is a city of unparalleled architecture, innovative public art, and world-class museums and galleries. SAIC’s faculty of practicing artists, designers, scholars, industry influencers, and innovators, connect students with all of its amazing resources.

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