High School Commuter Classes

HS Commuter Classes

Registration for Spring Early College Program courses is open!
Summer Registration Begins February 11th!

Register Online or download the Early College Program Registration Form‌ and do one of the following:

  • Email to cs@saic.edu
  • Fax to 312.629.6171
  • Drop it off at 36 S. Wabash Avenue, Suite 1201, Chicago, IL 60603

Request more information here.

Strengthen Your Commitment to Art and Design through the Early College Program

All students in grades 9 through 12, ages 14–18, may register for noncredit. High school juniors and seniors have the option of enrolling for one college credit. ECP students receive college-level instruction from SAIC's professionally practicing faculty and access to state-of-the-art classroom and student facilities. ECP students are taught to think and do in a new world of visual communication and ever-changing technology, arming them with the creative problem-solving and entrepreneurial skills that prepare them to build enriching lives for themselves.


Moving Images
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
February 2-April 13
This course serves as a foundation for students interested in video production, motion graphics, and animation. Students explore the language and history of moving images and how artists work with and challenge these processes. The course begins with several demos and exercises combined with research and discussion to develop a final project that reflects individual interests. Students may work with traditional processes such as sketchbooking alongside digital applications such as Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere in combination with equipment such as hand-held cameras and digital drawing tablets. Trips to the Art Institute of Chicago, access to SAIC's video resources, and discussion of influential time-based artists such as Tony Oursler, Shirin Neshat, Alfred Hitchcock, and Jennifer Steinkamp support the studio experience. No experience is needed for this course, but computer familiarity is very helpful.

Digital Photography 2
Sundays, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
February 3-April 14
This course is for students with previous experience using a digital SLR camera and who are interested in pursuing a more conceptual engagement with photography. A brief review of basic camera techniques starts the term, followed by a focus on the possibilities of communication using photo-based images. Supplemented by trips to the Art Institute of Chicago, the course includes critical discussion of concepts regarding art making, student work, and the work of contemporary and historical artists. The course also includes lessons in Adobe Bridge, Photoshop, and InDesign, the process of high quality digital printing on Canon roll printers and high resolution laser printers, as well as the elements of photographic lighting. Toward the end of the term, each student follows their own photographic vision in the form of a themed project to be presented on the last day of class. The goal of this course is to challenge students to articulate their ideas using the photographic medium, as well as to understand and describe the creative steps of their process. Each student can expect to develop a series of work that exists in the form of high quality prints and/or a small book. This course is designed for students with previous digital photography experience, including manual camera use and basic Photoshop editing skills. Students must provide their own digital SLR camera that has manual control options (no point-and-shoot cameras).

Advanced Fashion Design/Construction
Sundays, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
February 3-April 14
This advanced course is for students who have taken the Early College Program Fashion Construction class or have substantial experience with sewing and/or constructing garments. Students focus on increasing their skills by creating more advanced designs and garments and producing self-driven projects with faculty guidance and peer engagement. Continued experimentation with paper, muslin, second hand clothing, and fabric off the bolt is combined with visits to SAIC's Fashion Resource Center and the Art Institute of Chicago to deepen knowledge of clothing as a language, how garments communicate, and what they signify. The course culminates in a runway show with image documentation of the creative process.