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
  • 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.


Artist Books #1310
Monday–Friday, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
July 23–August 3
Explore the possibilities of producing high-quality publications using low-cost resources. Working alongside others with various backgrounds and practices (creative writing, drawing, photography, fashion, painting, etc.), students publish limited-edition books and zines as a new means of sharing interests, ideas, and artwork. Basic Adobe Photoshop and InDesign software, printing from low-and high-quality printers using a variety of papers, and a range of bookbinding methods are introduced. Students also learn about pricing and how to promote editions for sale or distribution. No previous experience is necessary. This is a great course for those who are looking to expand their practice and discover new ways of presenting their artwork to the public.

JUST ADDED! Comics and Graphic Novels (#1492)
Monday–Friday, 1:00–4:00 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. Note: Previous drawing experience required.