Early College Program Online Summer Institute


Early College Program Online Summer Institute


We’re committed to helping you grow and progress as artists and designers this summer, and are excited to offer our Early College Program Online Summer Institute, led by our highly acclaimed faculty of artists and designers. You’ll join peers from around the globe to build your portfolio, 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 in this world-class summer art and design program.


Registration is Open Now! Merit Scholarships and Financial Aid are Still Available!
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We’ll start by answering a few questions:

  • Yes, you’ll work hard
  • No, you won’t be sitting in front of a computer screen all day
  • Yes, faculty will be working with you in real-time
  • Yes, you will meet other students from around the country and across the world
  • Yes, our instructors have taught virtually before (and are, frankly, just amazing), and are excited to work with you
  • Yes, we know amazing artists and designers from across the world, and you’ll have the opportunity to meet some of them

Summer 2022 Session Dates

Session 1: 3-weeks, June 20-July 8
Session 2: 3-weeks, July 11-29
Session 3: 3-weeks, August 1-19

We’ve designed our courses so you can continue to dig deeper into your projects if you want to enroll in multiple sessions. We're offering 3-week sessions with shorter days so you won't have homework in the evenings and over the weekend, offering a rigorous experience that still allows for flexibility and relaxation. 

See all courses and register online.

Course Highlights

  • Work with our amazing faculty of practicing artists, designers, and scholars
  • Earn college credit that may transfer to any college you attend
  • Connect with visiting artists from around the globe
  • Collaborate with students from across the United States and around the world
  • Prepare a competitive portfolio for college admission
  • Participate in a virtual exhibition which will be publicized on SAIC’s main social media channels
  • View our Summer 2021 exhibition of student work! 

Special Benefits for Students Applying to SAIC for Fall 2023

  • Robust faculty and admissions application advising, including merit portfolio preparation advice
  • The opportunity to receive your admission decision by October 15, earlier than any other SAIC applicant, providing that you have submitted all of your application materials
  • An optional workshop focused on preparing a digital portfolio and website

Students must be at least 15 years old and not older than 18 years and must have completed their sophomore year of high school to enroll. Already graduating? If you're finishing high school in the spring and will not turn the age of 19 until after your intended course, you can still join us!

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