High School Commuter: Student Information

Registration Confirmation

Please review your registration confirmation email carefully and contact Continuing Studies at 312.629.6170 if any information is incorrect. If you do not receive this email, contact Continuing Studies to make sure an active and current email is on file—registration confirmation emails are normally sent within 48 hours. You may also need to check your junk/spam folder.

Please note that a welcome email will be sent approximately three days before your first class, which will list updated information such as room locations, how to check-in (if applicable), etc.

Consent Form

A signed Consent Form is required to participate in the Early College Program at SAIC; failure to submit a signed Consent Form‌ [PDF] prior to the first class may prevent participation. Students under 18 must have a parent/guardian complete the form; students that are 18 years old may fill out the form themselves.

ARTICard (Student ID)

All students will receive an ARTICard, SAIC's mandatory identification card. This card permits access to School facilities and the Art Institute of Chicago Museum, and must be worn at all times. Students who send in the required items (see below) will receive their ID on the first day of class. Students who are unable to attend the first day should still send in their photo for an ID.

We are now printing IDs before the first class—please visit the ARTICard page for instructions.

ARTICard FAQ page

Allergies and Other Medical and Health Conditions

Parents/guardians of students with allergies and/or other medical/health conditions that might require emergency assistance should complete an Allergy History Form [PDF] and/or Emergency Action Plan Form‌ [PDF], or email cs@saic.edu. This information is confidential and only shared with program staff.

Building Codes

AIC—Front: Front lobby of the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave. CO: Columbus Drive Building, 280 S. Columbus Dr. MC: MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave. SC: Sullivan Center, 36 S. Wabash Ave. SP: Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave.


Students enrolled for credit in the Early College Program are expected to attend all classes at the scheduled time, arrive prepared, and successfully complete all assignments. Students with more than two unexcused absences or who do not complete assignments may not receive credit for a course. SAIC functions under a credit (CR)/no credit (NCR) grading system. Multiple absences or habitual tardiness for students taking audited classes will not be tolerated and may prevent participation.

Cancellations and Schedule Changes

Continuing Studies reserves the right to cancel or alter the fees, schedule, or staffing of courses when circumstances warrant. If a cancellation or change is necessary, students will be notified prior to the first class, and students enrolled in cancelled courses will have the option of taking another class or receiving a full refund.


  • Courses with low enrollment may be cancelled a week or more prior to the start date, thus early registration is encouraged.
  • Figure Drawing, Figure Painting, Painting, and Drawing courses may use nude models hired by the School. Other classes may use them to a lesser degree.


Open Studios

All classes culminate with open studios on the last day of class unless otherwise noted. Details are discussed with the instructor and sent near the end of the term via flyer/email.

Field Trips

ECP students may go on field trips to learn about contemporary art and design. Classes either walk to a surrounding location or take the CTA with the instructor. Students without a signed Consent Form miss out on these valuable educational opportunities and must stay behind.


Students are responsible for bringing or purchasing their own food and drinks for breaks and lunch. Dining facilities are located within the Columbus Drive Building (280 South Columbus Drive, second floor), the MacLean Center (112 South Michigan Avenue, 12th floor), and the LeRoy Neiman Center in the Sharp Building (37 South Wabash Avenue, second floor). Supervision is not provided during the lunch hour for students attending morning and afternoon classes. Please note that café hours may be restricted on weekends and during the summer.

Note: Due to the increase in severe nut allergies, we ask that students do not bring any foods with nuts in them. This is for the safety of all students, and we thank you in advance for your cooperation!


Supplies are the responsibility of the student. While the Early College Program may provide some basic materials for the first class meeting and instructor demonstrations, students will receive a supply list on the first day of class and are responsible for obtaining the items on this list. The cost of supplies varies by course, and can range between $50 and $200. Students may need to purchase additional supplies for specific projects as needed. Public transportation costs for field trips are considered part of the supply list.


ECP students may receive a small amount of homework to reinforce skills taught in the classroom, build research for projects, and/or for idea generation.


Continuing Studies will attempt to alert students/parents to any changes during the term, such as road closures that affect drop-off and pick-up locations, room changes, instructor changes, and holiday breaks, among others. Please make sure to provide an active email address during registration so we are able to communicate effectively. You may also need to check your junk/spam folder for these email alerts.

Scheduling Conflicts

Students enrolled in ECP are expected to attend all classes at the scheduled time. However, we understand that circumstances may warrant absences, tardiness, or early dismissal. Please contact Youth Programs by calling or texting 312.502.3537, or email cs@saic.edu if your child is going to be absent or tardy for class. You must contact us on or before 3:00 p.m. the Friday before class to ensure that instructional staff has been notified. Instructors are unable to provide extensive make-up plans or meet outside of regularly scheduled class times.

Road Closures + Loop Events

Due to SAIC's downtown location, city events may impact roads and access to buildings. CS will attempt to alert all parents and students well ahead of time regarding any road closures through flyers, email, and/or social media. Public transportation is always recommended during these closures. We appreciate your patience in advance.

Electronic Devices

Electronic devices such as Game Boys, iPods, iPads, cell phones, etc., are not permitted unless they are an approved part of the curriculum (camera phones, etc.). Electronic devices may be used during lunch and for emergency situations only.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is committed to full compliance with all laws regarding equal opportunities for students with disabilities. Parents/guardians of students with disabilities should call 312.629.6170 or email cs@saic.edu for further information. Parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to provide any information that will ensure a positive experience for all participants. This information is confidential and only shared with program staff.

SAIC Security Alert System

To sign up for SAIC's security alert system, please fill out the Parent Newsletter Request Form. Please note that parents cannot sign up for this unless their child is a current student; registration should be complete and a registration email sent to you with a student ID.


Transcript requests can be made online, in person, and by mail or fax. Transcripts are not available until several weeks after the last class. Full details are available here.

ECP on Facebook

Make sure to like the Early College Program @ SAIC on Facebook for extra information, instructor news, and images of work created in our programs.


Feel free to contact us, Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Continuing Studies School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 36 S. Wabash Ave., suite 1201, Chicago, IL 60603

Phone: 312.629.6170

Fax: 312.629.6171

Email: cs@saic.edu