High School Programs

We offer high school-aged students multiuple ways to engage their creative interests and explore a variety of media. Our programs also provide a great way for students wishing to apply to an art and design school to prepare portfolio-ready work.


Taking place during fall, spring, and summer, sessions may investigate painting, drawing, animation, comics/graphic novels, fashion, DIY printmaking, and design among other disciplines. Students who have completed their sophomore year have the option to enroll for college credit! Learn more or register for fall online courses today.


Our intensive 2- and 4-week summer sessions bring an extraordinary array of students from all over the world to create portfolio quality work, make connections with our world-renowned faculty, experience SAIC’s amazing facilities, and earn college credit. Students may choose to live in our state-of-the-art residence halls, as well. Learn more


We’re very excited to be launching our Early College Program Online Summer Institute, led by our highly acclaimed faculty of artists and designers who have adapted their course content to a virtual platform. You will join peers from around the globe to create portfolio-quality work, deepen your understanding of contemporary art-making, and earn college credit. Experience dynamic virtual demos, engage in group critiques and receive the ideal blend of one-on-one meeting time with faculty, and independent exploration. Learn more 

Fall Early College Program registration is open. Register today.
Request more information or view our fall brochure


High School Programs

Support the Development of Young Artists

Please consider making a meaningful contribution the ECP Chicago Youth Artist Educational Fund.

Founded in 2012, the ECP Chicago Youth Artist Educational Fund provides need-based merit scholarships to deserving students from Chicago Public High Schools to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Early College Program.

You can donate online to this scholarship fund that encourages youth art education, or you may enclose a check with your tuition payment made out to "School of the Art Institute of Chicago" with "ECP Chicago Youth Artist Educational Fund" in the memo line. If you wish to make your payment over the phone please call the CS office at 312.629.6170.

Thank you for your support of scholarships at SAIC.