Summer Institute Residency Program

Summer Institute Residency Program

Intense. Rigorous. Life Changing.

Registration for ECPSI 2019 is Now Open!. 
Merit Scholarship and Need-Based Financial Aid Deadline is March 1, 2019.

Early College Program Summer Institute 2019 Registration is Now Open!

Download the ECPSI 2019 Registration Form!

View the 2019 ECPSI Brochure!

Request more information here.

Why Early College Program Summer Institute (ECPSI)?

  • Study with our amazing faculty, passionate teachers and acclaimed practicing artists, designers, and scholars, many of whom teach in the undergraduate program.
  • Make use of our state-of-the-art facilities and resources including our museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the third largest collection of art in the world.
  • Live in our incomparable residence halls in the heart of downtown Chicago.
  • Explore Chicago in the summer - vibrant, exciting, and friendly.


Ideal Preparation for a Creative Future

  • Earn college credit (2 credit hours for 2-week session; 4 credits hours for 4-week session) that may transfer to any college you attend.
  • Prepare a competitive portfolio for college admission.
  • Successful completion of the program waives the portfolio requirement for admission to SAIC's undergraduate program
  • A large number of ECPSI students receive top merit scholarships to our undergraduate degree program.


Merit scholarship and financial aid are available

Session 1:  Monday, June 17–Friday, June 28 (2 weeks)
Session 2:  Monday, July 1–Friday, July 12 (2 weeks)
Session 3:  Monday, July 15–Friday, July 26 (2 weeks)
Session 4:  Monday, July 1–Friday, July 26 (4 weeks)
Students must be at least 15 years old and not older than 18 years and have completed their sophomore year of high school to enroll in the ECP Summer Institute.


Ideas Matter Here

Which is why we empower you with the freedom to work in multiple media. With us, you can incorporate text into paintings, combine performance and sculpture, and explore the relationship of sound to architecture. The possibilities are truly limitless. And, you will leave our program with higher confidence and innovative, portfolio-quality work.

"We want our students to be able to master not just one medium, but to have the freedom to move and explore throughout different disciplines; to experiment; to take risks; to find the right solution for each individual problem. Our interdisciplinary philosophy, accomplished by excellent, enthusiastic faculty, the third largest collection of art in the world, and one of the most exciting cities in the country, make SAIC the whole package." —Rafael Vera, ECPSI instructor
Enrollment: Approximately 150 students per two-week session
Students living on campus: 90%
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, Venezuela
Instructional staff to student ratio 1:8

ECPSI Online Exhibition

Art and Street Culture class project: Emma Akins, Kylie Bryant, Isabella Buoscio, Brendan Burress, Oliver Carr, Rosa Chen, Sophie Conklin, Grace Coudal, Emily Deutsch, Nick Hartsell, Lauren Hawthorne, Claire Hyde, Julia Lacerda, Cara Mastrostefano, Jasmine McDow, and Callie Nelson, Art and Street Culture


International Students

SAIC welcomes international students from abroad and those already in the United States with a student visa to enroll in all of our Continuing Studies programs including ECP and ECP Summer Institute (ECPSI). However, SAIC is not certified to issue immigration documents for international students participating in Continuing Education programs except for our ECPSI program.

Featured Courses

NEW! 2D Animation #1491
Session 3: July 16-27

In this course, students are introduced to both concepts and processes utilized in the production of digital 2D animation. Turn your drawings into moving images using using compositing, layering, and collaging. Students are encouraged to experiment while building skills in software programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Flash, and After Effects. Trips to the Art Institute of Chicago and local galleries/studios, artist presentations, and group critiques supplement the studio experience. 

Designing Change #1043
Session 3: July 16-27
Ever feel like the places we use everyday such as classrooms, cafeterias, and offices are out of date and could benefit from better design? Join fellow young designers to learn unique approaches to spotting everyday problems, finding opportunities for change through research, and creating solutions through design. The class works as a team to learn and use human-centered design processes to understand, define, and measure new ideas and design concepts. By observing people in their surroundings, students gain a better understanding of the problem that needs to be addressed and work together to find solutions. Students learn how to sketch and produce design prototypes to support ideas and define what is important to people. Finally, the team tests their ideas with real users to measure success. Students leave the course with a fundamental understanding of how to use design to solve a variety of real-world problems in addition to a portfolio of research, sketches, and final proposal materials.