Online Learning at SAIC
Be prepared to push your technical and conceptual skill sets. Bring your passions, and we’ll customize course content to help you develop your work. You will not be bored by spending hours in front of your computer screen—we promise!
We’ve designed our online courses to be an ideal mix of participating in real time faculty-led demos and lectures, working in your home studio, receiving one-on-one feedback from your instructors, and engaging with your peers.
Each course will be taught by one of our acclaimed faculty members and a teaching assistant who currently resides in Korea. Each morning, you’ll join your classmates and faculty in a virtual classroom for the day’s demonstration, lecture, and/or assignment that you’ll be working on throughout the remainder of the day. Faculty will work to determine a one-on-one advising schedule to answer questions and provide you ongoing feedback as you work in a more self-driven way on your projects. You’ll be participating in critiques with the entire class.
Your faculty and teaching assistants will be readily available to answer your questions throughout the course, and keep you motivated and inspired as you dig into your projects from your home studio.
Design Projects Online
Combine your creative interests in architecture, interior architecture, designed objects, and visual communication design with skills ranging from drawing and drafting to research and ideation to execute your ideas. Learn about traditional design materials as well as Adobe software (Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop) (provided for the duration of the program). This course will include online demonstrations geared to your passions, virtual museum resources, time for self-directed work, and comprehensive faculty advising. You'll engage in discussions and critiques about a variety of design topics with a vibrant online community of students from throughout the country and around the world as you create portfolio-quality work for college admissions to art and design programs.
"The Design Projects course was amazing, and it really allowed me to understand design and architecture from a new perspective. The content really enriched my design skills, helping me learn from my peers and the amazing [instructors] who taught the course." - Srivats Srinivasan, Design Projects Online Summer 2020 student.
Drawing/Painting/Comics and Graphic Novels Online
Interested in exploring traditional and non-traditional drawing and painting techniques or comics and graphic novels? Take your work to the next level and experiment with a variety of media, including ink, pencil, charcoal, collage, observational drawing, storyboarding, or a combination of different materials. The course will include online demonstrations geared to your passions, virtual museum resources, time for self-directed work, and comprehensive faculty advising. You'll engage in discussions and critiques with a vibrant online community of students from throughout the country and around the world as you create portfolio-quality work for college admissions to art and design programs.
"When I found this program I was amazed at how well it suited me. I learned a lot and despite the online [format] and made friends through the art program." -Eliana Siegel, Drawing/Painting/Comics and Graphic Novels Online Summer 2020
"It was really cool to be able to interact with such intelligent artists every day and they brought a new passion to the topic and their teaching." - Kayla Rask, Drawing/Painting/Comics and Graphic Novels Online Summer 2020 student
Registration, Tuition, & FAQ
Students must be at least 15 years old and not older than 18 years of age, and have completed grade 10 of their secondary school to enroll in the Early College Program Online Winter Intensive program. Questions? Contact us at email@example.com or call our office at 312.629.6170.
Registration & Tuition
Registration is done online. Continuing Studies accepts credit cards (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa).
All faculty are practicing artists who bring their real world experience into the classroom to help you develop a more meaningful art-making practice. These faculty also teach in the undergraduate degree program at SAIC. View faculty profiles to learn more.
All students are required to have their own cell phone, tablet, or computer in order to participate in this program. If you are enrolled in Design Projects, you will need a computer that can support Adobe Creative Cloud. Microsoft Windows 10; Mac OS X v10.12 and later.
You will receive one college credit upon the successful completion of each session.
These are studio classes and you will be actively making artwork. You will participate in demos, lectures, and critiques — all with the intention of making portfolio quality work for college admissions. Prepare to walk away with artwork that you can use as part of a competitive merit scholarship portfolio.
Supplies lists will be shared with you in advance of the session start date. Each course will have a suggested “Supplies Kit” that can be purchased through Blick Art Materials’ online store and shipped to your home.
We require that you are enrolled for college credit.
All courses have 10 or less students per class providing you with a phenomenal teacher-to-student ratio.
A 100% tuition refund will be issued one week prior to the session start date. No refunds will be issued after this date. Refunds will not be issued if a course delivery format changes from in-person to online due to health guidelines. All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the student’s name, ID number, and course information. Refunds take four to six weeks to process. Note: Nonattendance does not constitute an official withdrawal, nor a cancellation of tuition and fees.