High School Programs

 

We offer high school-aged students multiple 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.

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EARLY COLLEGE PROGRAM (ECP) COURSES FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS (ages 14-18)

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

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NEW: EARLY COLLEGE PROGRAM ONLINE SUMMER INSTITUTE (ECPOSI) (ages 15-18)

Our Early College Program Online Summer Institute is an immersive program 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. Learn more.

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EARLY COLLEGE PROGRAM SUMMER INSTITUTE (ECPSI) (ages 15-18)

Our intensive 1-, 2-, and 4-week summer sessions bring an extraordinary array of students from all over the world to SAIC to create portfolio quality work, make connections with our world-renowned faculty, experience SAIC’s amazing facilities, and earn college credit. Campus housing is available in our state-of-the-art residence halls in the heart of downtown Chicago. Learn more.

Did you know? SAIC has full tuition scholarships available for CPS and parochial high schoolers for ECP noncredit courses!

We offer the Chicago Youth Artist Scholarship for CPS high schoolers and the Smith Scholarship for parochial high schoolers to cover the cost of noncredit ECP courses every semester. It's easy to apply and no tax documentation or portfolios are required! Learn more about our high school full tuition scholarships.