Early College Program Summer Institute

Intense. Rigorous. Life Changing.

Early College Program Summer Institute (ECPSI) at the Nation's Most Influential Art and Design School!

Summer 2022 course details will be posted soon!
Registration opens November 1, 2021.

Summer 2022 Session Dates:

Session 1: 2-weeks, June 20-July 1
Session 2: 2-weeks, July 4-15
Session 3: 2-weeks, July 18-29
Session 4: 4-weeks, July 4-29
NEW! Session 5: 1-week, August 1-5

Why Early College Program Summer Institute (ECPSI)?

  • Study with our amazing faculty, passionate teachers and acclaimed practicing artists, designers, and scholars, many of whom teach in the undergraduate program.
  • Make use of our state-of-the-art facilities and resources including our museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the third largest collection of art in the world.
  • Live in our incomparable residence halls in the heart of downtown Chicago.
  • Explore Chicago in the summer - vibrant, exciting, and friendly.

Ideal Preparation for a Creative Future

  • Earn college credit (2 credit hours for 2-week session; 4 credits hours for 4-week session) that may transfer to any college you attend.
  • Prepare a competitive portfolio for college admission.
  • Successful completion of the program waives the portfolio requirement for admission to SAIC's undergraduate program
  • A large number of ECPSI students receive top merit scholarships to our undergraduate degree program.

Students must be at least 15 years old and not older than 18 years and have completed their sophomore year of high school to enroll in the ECP Summer Institute.  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!

Ideas Matter Here

Which is why we empower you with the freedom to work in multiple media. With us, you can incorporate text into paintings, combine performance and sculpture, and explore the relationship of sound to architecture. The possibilities are truly limitless. And, you will leave our program with higher confidence and innovative, portfolio-quality work.

"We want our students to be able to master not just one medium, but to have the freedom to move and explore throughout different disciplines; to experiment; to take risks; to find the right solution for each individual problem. Our interdisciplinary philosophy, accomplished by excellent, enthusiastic faculty, the third largest collection of art in the world, and one of the most exciting cities in the country, make SAIC the whole package." —Rafael Vera, ECPSI instructor

Enrollment: Approximately 150 students per two-week session
Students living on campus: 90%
International students: 17%
Countries represented: Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Mexico, Russian Federation, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela
Instructional staff to student ratio 1:8

International Students

SAIC welcomes international students from abroad and those already in the United States with a student visa to enroll in all of our Continuing Studies programs including ECP and ECP Summer Institute (ECPSI). However, SAIC is not certified to issue immigration documents for international students participating in Continuing Education programs except for our ECPSI program.


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