High School Commuter Classes

HS Commuter Classes

Registration for Fall 2018 Early College Program courses is open!

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

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.

Fall Registration is Now Open!


Animation Studio 
Saturdays, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

September 29, 2018 to December 8, 2018
Bring your drawings and ideas to life in Animation Studio! Explore traditional and digital animation techniques, such as frame-by-frame, paper cutout and claymation stop-motion, digital hand-drawn, and 3D animation. Beginning from sketches and storyboards, complete several projects that focus on communicating ideas through motion studies, character/environment development, storytelling, and other cinematic devices such as composition, set making, and props. Using software such as Adobe Photoshop, Flash, Premiere, and Maya throughout the course, you will develop a final project that is based on individual goals and interests. Artist presentations, trips to the Art Institute of Chicago, and group discussions supplement the studio experience.

Digital Photo 1
Sundays, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

September 30, 2018 to December 9, 2018
This class is a great fit for you if you have a general curiosity in photography and its potential as a creative medium. To properly understand concepts of metering light and making good exposures, this course focuses on the technical aspects of completely manual digital camera functions. You will also learn the process of digital workflow and output, creating high quality prints using Adobe Bridge and Photoshop software, Canon inkjet printers, and high-resolution laser printers. Though this class focuses heavily on the understanding of photography's technical aspects, classes are supplemented with discussions regarding contemporary art concepts and issues, the work of significant photographic artists, and the ideas behind communicating thoughts through photographs. No experience is necessary for this course!

Drawing Studio
Saturdays, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

September 29, 2018 to December 8, 2018

This course focuses on drawing as an exciting tool for organizing thoughts, feelings and images. Students develop and strengthen fundamental skills, as well as investigate a range of traditiona and contemporary drawing materials and concepts, exploring essential elements of 2D deisgn and contemporary art. Through the study of line, perspective, tone, proportion, composition, value, gesture, and contour, students experiement with a number of wet and dry media such as charcoal, graphite ink, and water-based paints. Trips to the Art Institute of Chicago and discussion of practicing artists supplement the studio experience. This course is recommended for both beginners and those wanting to improve and develop their current skills and ideas. Note: Figure Drawing, Figure Painting, Painting and Drawing courses may use nude models hired by the School. Other classes may use them to a lesser degree.

Water-Based Painting
Saturdays, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

September 30, 2018 to December 9, 2018

In this course students are introduced to traditional and non-traditional materials and methods used in water-based painting. Projects include painting from observation and the imagination, using current artistic practices and historical examples. Working from a variety of subjects, students may use ink, acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media within their works, while building skills in color, tone, volume, contrast, and temperature. Visits to the Art Institute of Chicago provide inspiration and firsthand experience of artists using water-based media. Students should have previous drawing experience, but no painting experience is necessary. Note: Figure Drawing, Figure Painting, Painting, and Drawing course may use nude models hired by the School. Other classes may us them to a lesser degree.