Continuing Studies


Be at the Center of Creativity

Continuing Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) provides the highest quality classes in art and design, tailored exclusively for adults, including teachers, high school students in grades nine through 12, middle school students ages 10–13, and children ages 6–9. Our goal is to nurture and support life-long learning and the development of creative thought and practice in students of all ages. At SAIC we believe that having confidence in one's creative abilities plays a critical role in successfully meeting the unique challenges of today's world.

In our evening and weekend art courses, workshops, and certificate programs, students experience the most up-to-date thinking in art, design, theory, and practice. We provide an environment where students can thrive and flourish while learning new professional skills, preparing for college, seeking personal enrichment, or nurturing children's creative development.

Program Offerings
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Children's Multi-Arts Camps (Ages 6-9)

Combining creativity with fun, SAIC's summer art camps offer exciting projects and include daily visits to the Art Institute of Chicago museum. Kids learn to discover, explore, and imagine in their own unique ways, experimenting with a variety of art materials and methods that encourage the development of creative thinking and problem-solving skills. 

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Family Programs (Ages 4+ with Adult)

Family Programs at SAIC are truly a unique experience. Combining visits to our renowned Art Institute of Chicago museum with exciting studio-based explorations, this artmaking experience allows family members of different generations to bond, create, learn, and have a blast all at the same time. Recommended for children age 4–10 with at least one adult enrollee per family. 

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Middle School Programs (Ages 10-13)

Middle School Program art classes are designed to allow students to focus on their interests, learn new skills, and bring their ideas to life. We offer course subjects and resources not available to young artists and creators anywhere else in the world! 

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Early College Program (Ages 14-18)

Push your ideas, visions, and skillsets to new heights in SAIC's Early College Program! Join high school students from around the country and right here in Chicago for art and design courses taught by our renowned faculty. Online and in-person options available!

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Early College Program Summer Institute On-Campus (Ages 15-18, Earn College Credit)

Our intensive 1-, 2-, and 4- week Early College Program Summer Institute brings an extraordinary array of students from all over the world to SAIC to create portfolio quality artwork, make connections with our world-renowned faculty, experience SAIC’s amazing facilities, and earn college credit in our pre-college art classes. Campus housing is available in our state-of-the-art residence halls in the heart of downtown Chicago.

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Early College Program Online Summer Institute (Ages 15-18, Earn College Credit)

Join an online art class with peers from around the globe to create portfolio-quality work, deepen your understanding of contemporary art making, and earn college credit in our Early College Program Online Summer Institute. Experience dynamic virtual demos, engage in group critiques, and receive the ideal blend of one-on-one meeting time with faculty and independent exploration.

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Adult Continuing Education Courses and Certificates (Ages 18+)

Engage in material exploration and learn new skills- or refresh existing ones- in our Adult Continuing Education art and design courses. As a member of our community, one defined by practice and inquiry, you will cultivate creative confidence, learning with and from your instructors and peers as you produce work based on your personal research and interests.