Early College Program SAIC

Ideas matter. At SAIC, we believe meaning and making are inseparable.

The Early College Program (ECP) provides high school students with the necessary creative freedom to develop a sustained, structured dialogue between ideas and process. Mirroring the methods and practices of the contemporary artists and designers, students choose courses within focused disciplines, yet retain opportunities to freely explore across media in order to build strong skills and a portfolio that reflects their personal interests.

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The Early College Program Summer Institute priority deadline is March 1! Earn college credit, study with acclaimed faculty, and have the option to stay in our incomparable residence halls in downtown Chicago for 2 or 4-week sessions. Learn more and register at saic.edu/ecpsi!


Registration is open TODAY for our Summer 2024 Early College Program Summer Institute! See all courses and register online at continuingstudies.saic.edu/ecpsi !


Registration is Open for Summer 2023! Sign up at continuingstudies.saic.edu.

SAIC's Early College Program Summer Institute 2023 registration opens today! Earn college credit and make portfolio-quality work with artists from around the world! Learn more and register at saic.edu/ecp.


Registration is open for SAIC's Spring 2023 Early College Program (ECP) Courses! Subjects include Printmaking, Painting, Drawing, Illustration, Fashion Design, Video Production, Creative Writing, and more!
Register at https://continuingstudies.saic.edu/early-college-program

Work by ECP student Axl Knickerbocker.


Fall registration is now open for our Early College Program! Online and in-person classes in Architecture, Painting and Drawing, Comics, Fashion Design and more start in October. See all courses and register at https://continuingstudies.saic.edu/early-college-program !


Interested in the written word? Join us for a one-week intensive of Creative Writing Online this July, from 9–12 on M–F July 18–29, and make your writing come to life!

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Animation Studio Morphing Animations
Get ready for ECPSI summer 2017!!Take a sneak peak by visiting our website now:http://www.saic.edu/cs/high_school/summer...
And here is a video from Edra's opening- her work in motion is beautiful.
A Night at the Art Institute - Ali Broshar
Duncan - Shaw McCabe
SAICme Contest Deadline Extended!





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