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Advanced Placement Summer Institute (APSI) in Art and Design

Advanced Placement Summer Institute (APSI) in Art and Design

APSI Art and Design will be offered online in 2024.


Session 1

APSI Studio Art and Design Online Session 1: July 29–August 2 with M. Colleen Harrigan and Michael x. Ryan
Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. CT
Registration deadline: July 24
Registration is open!

Session 2

APSI Studio Art and Design Online Session 2: August 5–9 with M. Colleen Harrigan and Michael x. Ryan
Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. CT
Registration deadline: July 31
Registration is open!

Program Fee: $1,320—Includes one graduate credit and all AP course materials. (Please note: SAIC will be emailing digital APSI materials directly to attendees.)

“I really enjoyed having to create, reflect and observe in a group setting and share experiences and best practices. This was very authentic and I learned a lot of new strategies and grading practices, studio work, art portfolio review, and more.”
-APSI Art and Design participant, 2020

Our AP* Summer Institutes go beyond professional development to provide a unique combination of seminar sessions and hands-on collaborative studio activities that revitalize teachers and focus on the importance of contemporary art practice in the high school art room. More than simply explaining the AP* Art and Design program requirements and portfolio scoring methods, experienced arts educators and skillful consultants facilitate meaningful opportunities for peer dialogue, discussion of new media affects on AP*, up-to-date information on digital upload, and inspiration for developing curricula specific to the three portfolios: drawing, 2D design, and 3D design.

Program Highlights

  • Workshops are led by a current AP* Art and Design teacher who was on the AP* Art and Design Development Committee during development of the updated portfolio requirements and rubrics. The consultant is joined by an SAIC faculty member with over 30 years experience teaching in post-secondary education, who has held leadership positions associated with the AP* Art and Design program for several years. 
  • Access to resources from the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago and its encyclopedic collection of classical, modern, and contemporary art.
  • Small class sizes utilize group learning and collaboration, enhancing instructor availability for each participant.
  • Presentations by visiting artists and arts educators investigating the latest concepts and trends in art and design education.
  • Individual and collaborative activities that focus on building meaningful relationships with ideas, materials, and environments.

Sample Course Schedule

Each session will meet Monday through Friday in a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning that meets the 30-hour requirement for course completion. Instructors will lead two sessions of synchronous learning daily: a two-hour morning session and a two-hour evening session. This will be combined with asynchronous learning activities that relate to that day’s instruction. Attendees should expect to spend up to 20 hours on asynchronous learning during the week. Instructors will be available in between synchronous learning sessions to offer student support.

SCHEDULE: Monday – Friday

9:00–11:30 a.m. CT (2.5 hours)
Synchronous Instruction with Full Group and Small Breakout Groups

11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. CT (2.5 hours)
Asynchronous instruction/office hours, consisting of short studio activities that relate to and interact with the synchronous instruction that day.

3:00–5:00 p.m. CT (2 hours)
Synchronous Instruction with Full Group and Small Breakout Groups

Art and Design Consultant Faculty

M. Colleen Harrigan

M. Colleen Harrigan is a dedicated visual art professional committed to teaching and learning. She serves in various capacities, including Educator, Mentor, Question Leader for the AP Art and Design Portfolio, Lead Faculty Consultant for AP Art and Design, and AP Art and Design Online Community Moderator.

While her academic foundation is firmly grounded in the visual arts, Colleen's true passion is teaching. Currently, she teaches at the Page School, guiding students on their creative journeys and offering support to fellow educators through professional development initiatives.

As a lifelong learner, Colleen is deeply committed to personal growth and exploration. She is enthusiastic about collaborating with others in both artistic and educational pursuits. If you're seeking a dedicated colleague for your creative and educational endeavors, Colleen welcomes the opportunity to work and learn alongside you.

Michael x. Ryan

Michael x. Ryan is a visual artist and educator that has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) for the last 30 years. As a faculty member in Arts Administration + Policy and the department of Contemporary Practices, Ryan has developed many undergraduate and foundations courses over the years. As an administrator and faculty member at SAIC, the meeting of different generations of artists/designers is a daily inspiration to the studio. Ryan has worked with the AP* Studio Art program for over 20 years, is currently a Question Leader at the AP* Studio Art Portfolio Reading, and for five years was Co-Chair of the College Board AP Studio Art Development Committee.

In his studio practice, Ryan attempts to record the fleeting residue of the human presence by realizing the interconnectedness of bodies and places while magnifying the minutia of a life lived. Ryan’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States. His work has been acquired by a number of collections, such as The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY, along with many others.

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Registration and Shipping

SAIC will be emailing APSI materials directly to attendees.

Electronic Materials Contain:

  • The Course and Exam Description (CED)
  • There is no time limit on access to the electronic materials once they have been downloaded and saved.

Purchase orders should be made out to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Please send a purchase order and invoice inquiries to Scott Whitlock.

Refund Policy

APSI Art and Design drop requests must be submitted in writing to cs@saic.edu and include the student's name, ID number, and course information. The date the request is received in writing is the date used to calculate the refund amount.

  • In order to adapt to online course delivery and to allow time for shipping materials, we have adjusted our usual drop deadlines.
  • 100 percent refunds may be issued on or before these dates: 
    • APSI Art and Design Session 1 - July 22
    • APSI Art and Design Session 2 - July 29
  • No refunds will be issued after the dates above.

Note: Refunds take approximately four to six weeks to process, depending on payment type.

Contact Us

Continuing Studies staff members are available Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. CT at 312.629.6170 or cs@saic.edu to answer your questions. We are here to help!