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

To register, 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.


FEATURED SUMMER COURSES

NEW! Comics and Graphic Novels (#1492)
Monday-Friday1:00-4:00 p.m.
August 6-17
This course investigates visual storytelling and traditional and digital drawing strategies through the contemporary art forms of comics and graphic novels. Students are introduced to a variety of illustrative approaches, such as writing, storyboarding, penciling, and inking/coloring, as well as multiple methods of presentation in print and online. Building on this foundation, students learn research methods to develop ideas and produce projects that examine narrative structures, material choices, and the integration of text and image. Traditional as well as digital drawing methods are explored to reflect contemporary artistic practices, and may include pencil, pen, ink, Wacom tablets, Adobe Photoshop, and/or Adobe Illustrator. Regular critiques, field trips to the Art Institute of Chicago, and exposure to contemporary artists, illustrators, and designers supplement the studio experience. *Previous drawing experience required.

Water-Based Painting #1303

Monday-Friday, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
June 11-22
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 artist 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 courses may use nude models hired by the School. Other classes may use them to a lesser degree.

From Drawing to Painting #1299

Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00 p.m.
June 25-29
This course is for students that have a background in drawing, but little to no painting experience. Drawings serve as the foundation for acquiring new painting skills and students are encouraged to develop their own ideas and goals with instructor guidance. Skills such as line, volume, space, materiality, form and function, and palette are explored through both drawing and painting. A variety of traditional and contemporary materials are used, and may include graphite, charcoal, pastels, water-based paints, mixed media, and/or collage. Trips to the Art Institute of Chicago and discussions of practicing artists will supplement the studio experience and encourage inspiration and development of concepts in student artworks. By the end of the course, students have greater knowledge of materials options and acquire the ability to transition from drawing to painting. This course is recommended for both beginners and those wanting to improve and develop their current abilities. This is a great prep course for Painting Studio. 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.

Digital Photo 1 #1296
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
June 25-29
This class is for students with 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. Students 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. Students must provide their own digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera that has manual control options (no point-and-shoot cameras).