Strengthen and Expand your Creative Talents

Ideas matter. At SAIC, we believe meaning and making are inseparable. Our studios are laboratories where conceptual thinking, artmaking, and design skills are developed.

The Early College Program (ECP) provides high school students with the necessary creative freedom to develop a sustained, structured dialogue between ideas and process. Mirroring the methods and practices of the contemporary artists and designers, students choose courses within focused disciplines, yet retain opportunities to freely explore across media in order to build strong skills and a portfolio that reflects their personal interests.

Support the Development of Young Artists

Please consider making a meaningful contribution the ECP Chicago Youth Artist Educational Fund.

Founded in 2012, the ECP Chicago Youth Artist Educational Fund provides need-based merit scholarships to deserving students from Chicago Public High Schools to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Early College Program.

You can donate online to this scholarship fund that encourages youth art education, or you may enclose a check with your tuition payment made out to "School of the Art Institute of Chicago" with "ECP Chicago Youth Artist Educational Fund" in the memo line. If you wish to make your payment over the phone please call the CS office at 312.629.6170.

Thank you for your support of scholarships at SAIC!‌