Registration for Spring 2018 Early College Program courses is now open!

To register, download the Early College Program Registration Form and do one of the following:

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


Film, Video, New Media, Animation: Moving Images (#2497)
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m
February 10-April 28
This course is 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.


NEW! Creative Writing (#2507)
Saturdays, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
February 10-April 28
In this course students improve their writing skills and push their creative limits through journaling, free writing, writing through music, digging through memories and dreams, and other methods of responding to the world in written form. Students learn how to edit and revise a work, as well as respond critically to the writing of others; learn how to craft short stories, monologues, poetry and personal essays; push the limits of original and personal expressions and prepare for the college writing process. With faculty guidance and peer support, students share their literary efforts in class and are assigned reading and writing exercises to clarify, expand, and challenge written expressions.


Fashion Design/Construction (#2494)
Sundays, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
February 11-April 29
This course is a hybrid of the Early College Program Fashion Design and Fashion Construction courses and is for students interested in exploring contemporary fashion design methods and constructing a garment. Students build skills in design research, styling, draping, fabric selection, patternmaking, and sewing. Through visits to the Fashion Resource Center at SAIC and the Art Institute of Chicago, students develop their own design concepts in addition to final fabric construction. The course culminates in a runway show with image documentation of the creative process. This is a great class for students starting out in fashion who want to explore the various pathways in the field. No experience is necessary to take this course.


Advanced Fashion Design/Construction (#2488)
Sundays, 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sundays, 10:00 a.m.-1:00

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.

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.