One of the key things that distinguishes SAIC from other art and design schools is our belief that meaning and making are inseparable. That means you begin with an idea and choose the media that best helps you realize your vision. We teach you to think and work the way contemporary artists and designers do.

At SAIC, you can do them all.

ECP Summer Institute 2018 At-a-Glance

SessionSession DatesMove In and OrientationExhibition and Move OutTuitionHousing and MealsIncidentals/Supplies
Session 1: Two weeks Monday, June 18–Friday, June 29, 2018 Move In: Sunday, June 17, 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Orientation: Sunday, June 17, 4:00 p.m.

Exhibition: Friday, June 29, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Move out: Saturday, June 30, by 12:00 p.m.
$3,104*—two college credits $930 $300 supplies**
$200 incidentals/personal spending
Session 2: Two weeks Monday, July 2–Friday, July 13, 2018 Move in: Sunday, July 1, 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Orientation: Sunday, July 1, 4:00 p.m.
Exhibition: Friday, July 13, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Move out: Saturday, July 14, by 12:00 p.m
$3,104*—two college credits $930 $300 supplies**
$200 incidentals/personal spending
Session 3: Two weeks Monday, July 16–Friday, July 27, 2018  Move in: Sunday, July 15, 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Orientation: Sunday, July 15, 4:00 p.m.
Exhibition: Friday, July 27, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Move out: Saturday, July 28, by 12:00 p.m.
$3,104*—two college credits $930 $300 supplies**
$200 incidentals/personal spending
Session 4: Four weeks Monday, July 2—Friday, July 27, 2018 Move in: Sunday, July 1, 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Orientation: Sunday, July 1, 4:00 p.m.

Exhibition: Friday, July 27, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Move out: Saturday, July 28, by 12:00 p.m
$6,208*—four college credits $1,860 $450 supplies**
$350 incidentals/personal spending

* Includes $100 nonrefundable tuition deposit.
** Supply costs and incidentals are projected and will vary for each student determined in part by individual projects, material choices, and personal spending.

Classes are Monday–Friday. 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Budgeting for Tuition, Housing, and Meal Plan

2-week Sessions
Tuition: $3,104
Housing: $775
Meal Plan: $155
Total: $4,034

4-week Session
Tuition: $6,208
Housing: $1,550
Meal Plan: $310
Total: $8,068

Areas of Study

ECP Summer Institute courses are offered in the following areas of study and reflect SAIC's undergraduate program curriculum.

Animation, Architecture, Art and Technology Studies, Comics and the Graphic Novel, Designed Objects, Drawing, Fashion, Fiber, Film, Video, and New Media, Graphic Design/ Visual Communication Design, Interdisciplinary Studies, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, and Writing

For specific ECP Summer Institute course titles and descriptions, visit the Course listings.

College Credit

Students must be at least 15 years of age and not older than 18 years of age and have completed their sophomore year of high school to enroll in the ECP Summer Institute. Upon successful completion of a course, students will receive college credit that is transferrable to other accredited institutions. SAIC’s credit/no-credit grading policy prepares students for life as a creative professional where the highest value is placed on the relationship between idea and execution.

Faculty and Instructional Support

SAIC is known for its faculty, and many of our ECP Summer Institute instructors also teach in the undergraduate program. Our instructors are teaching artists, designers, writers, and scholars who are passionate about art making and will challenge you to think, question, and discover. In addition, each ECPSI class has at least one SAIC undergraduate or graduate student Teaching Assistant (TA) working with our faculty. With an average class size of 12–18 students, this allows for an average teacher/student ratio of 1:8.

Portfolio Preparation—A Head Start

Not only will you receive portfolio feedback from your instructors and fellow students, you may also meet with our undergraduate degree program admissions counselors to receive one-on-one advice about constructing a portfolio that best represents you. They look at hundreds or portfolios and can provide you with expert advice.

Students entering their senior year who successfully complete the program receive the following:


Rigorous Classroom Experience

Like our undergraduate degree programs, you will be working in the studio all day—allowing you to really experience what it is like to be a practicing artist, designer, or writer. Classes meet from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. And, of course, there is time for lunch and breaks.

Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00–8:00 p.m., you will participate in exciting workshops designed to help you gain new skills and explore new ideas. A few examples of previous workshops are: a field trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA), a photo studio lighting tutorial, 3D printing and laser cutting instruction, working as part of a video crew, building and stretching canvases, and collaborative projects between students. All workshops are created for each specific class and are run by the teaching assistant(s).

Critique-Based Assessment

SAIC's credit/no credit grading system demands self-motivation and self-direction and encourages exploration, experimentation, and risk-taking.

This doesn't mean we are not rigorous—our expectations are high and our faculty will motivate you to excel.