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Intense. Rigorous. Life-Changing.


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


Ideas Matter At SAIC, you will be empowered to bring your ideas to life, whatever form they may take. You will have the freedom to work in multiple media: 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 a more confident maker with innovative, portfolioquality work.

The Critique

World-Class Resources

Because contemporary makers and scholars need to experiment, be bold and take risks, work done at SAIC is evaluated by critique, rather than traditional grading models. During the critique, you will discuss your ideas and processes, and engage in a dialogue with your instructors and peers.

• A faculty of passionate teachers and acclaimed practicing artists, designers, and scholars.

Think this means you won’t be challenged? Think again…

• SAIC’s state-of-the-art facilities & resources.

And yes, credits earned at SAIC easily transfer to other institutions.

• Our connections to the vibrant city of Chicago.

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• Our museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the world’s third largest collection of art and artifacts.

The Early College Program Summer Institute (ECPSI) Advantage • Earn college credits that may be transferred to whatever college you choose to attend.

Merit scholarships and financial aid are available to offset the costs of Early

• Successful completion of the program waives the portfolio requirement for admission to SAIC’s undergraduate program.

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• A large number of ECPSI students receive top merit scholarships to our undergraduate degree program.

Institute courses. Visit

• Students create portfolio-ready work to enhance their admissions portfolios. for details. | | 312.629.6170


EXHIBITION DATES Save the date - Families are welcome! Session 1:

Friday, June 29

Session 2:

Friday, July 13

Session 3+4: Friday, July 27


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Early College Program Summer Institute 2018 Session


Tuition/ Credit

Supplies Incidentals

Session 1: Two weeks

Monday, June 18 – Friday, June 29, 2018; move in Sunday, June 17, move out Saturday, June 30 (by noon) Orientation: Sunday, June 17 @ 4:00 p.m.

$3,104* – two college credits

$300 supplies** $200 incidentals/ personal spending

Session 2: Two weeks

Monday, July 2 – Friday, July 13, 2018; move in Sunday, July 1, move out Saturday, July 14 (by noon) Orientation: Sunday, July 1 @ 4:00 p.m.

$3,104* – two college credits

$300 supplies** $200 incidentals/ personal spending

Session 3: Two weeks

Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 27, 2018; move in Sunday, July 15, move out Saturday July 28 (by noon) Orientation: Sunday, July 15 @ 4:00 p.m.

$3,104* – two college credits

$300 supplies** $200 incidentals/ personal spending

Session 4: Four weeks

Monday, July 2 – Friday, July 27, 2018; move in Sunday, July 1, move out Saturday, July 28 (by noon) Orientation: Sunday, July 1 @ 4:00 p.m.

$6,208* – four college credits

$450 supplies** $350 incidentals/ personal spending

*Includes $100 nonrefundable tuition deposit **Supply costs are projected, and will vary for each course determined in part by students’ individual projects and material choices.

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

Housing and Meals Housing is available for ECPSI students in our state-of-the-art residence halls, and the majority of our students take advantage of the opportunity to get a true sense of the college experience by living on-campus. Meal plans are a part of the housing fee for students living on- campus and account for approximately 10 meals a week at campus dining halls.

Residence Hall/Meal Plan Costs

completing the program,

2-week sessions

4-week session

students will receive

Housing: $775

Housing: $1,550

Meal Plan Dollars: $155

Meal Plan Dollars: $310

Total: $930

Total: $1,860

college credits that may be transferable to accredited institutions. | | 312.629.6170



Freedom to Explore Different Media One of the key things that distinguishes SAIC from other art and design schools is our belief that meaning and making are inseparable. That means you begin with an idea and choose the media that best helps you realize your vision. We teach you to think and work the way contemporary artists and designers do. • In a painting class, but want to experiment with installation? • Want to combine animation and text? • Passionate about architecture and want to do that exclusively? At SAIC, anything is possible!

Portfolio Preparation — A Head Start Not only will you receive portfolio feedback from your instructors and fellow students, you have the opportunity to meet with our undergraduate degree program admission counselors to receive one-onone advice about constructing a portfolio that best represents you. They look at thousands of portfolios and can provide you with expert advice! Students entering their senior year who successfully complete the program receive the following: • Portfolio requirement for SAIC undergraduate admission waived • Fee waiver for SAIC’s application via the Common Application • Priority consideration for merit scholarship


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Rigorous Classroom Experience


Like our undergraduate degree programs, you will be working in the studio all day – allowing you to really experience what it is like to be a practicing artist or designer. Classes meet from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. And of course, there is time for lunch and breaks!

SAIC is known for its faculty, and many of our ECP Summer Institute instructors also teach in the undergraduate degree program. Our instructors are teaching artists, designers, writers, and scholars, who are passionate about art making and will challenge you to think, question, and discover.

Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., you will be engaged in exciting workshops designed to help you gain new skills and explore your ideas.

Previous workshops: • F ield trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art • P  hotographic Studio Lighting tutorial • 3  D printing and laser cutting instruction • W  orking as part of a video crew • B  uilding and stretching canvases • C  ollaboration between students creating 2D geometric designs that other students turn into 3D sculpture | | 312.629.6170


AREAS OF STUDY Animation Architecture Comics and the Graphic Novel Designed Objects Drawing Fashion Fiber Game Design Interdisciplinary Studies Painting Photography Sculpture Sound Video Visual Communication Design Writing


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RECENT COURSE TITLES • 3D Animation • Advanced Digital Photo Projects • Advanced Projects • Advanced Painting and Drawing Studio • Alternative Comics and Graphic Novels • Architecture: Process and Product • Art and Street Culture • Designed Objects • Designing Change • Digital Photography • Drawing the Urban Landscape • Experimental Drawing • Fashion Construction • Fashion Design • Fashion At the Edge • Figure Drawing • Figure Painting • Game Spaces/Interactive Virtual Environments • Material Manipulation • Oil Painting • Sculpture: Materials and Methods • Sound • Video: Artist as Storyteller • Visual Communication Design • Writer’s Studio | | 312.629.6170


JUST A SAMPLE VISIT for a full listing 3D Animation Students approach 3D animation through experimental artistic processes, moving beyond commercial animation and video game design into 4D explorations. They navigate Maya software and use basic modeling, lighting, texturing, rendering, and audio editing to create animations that manipulate light and shadow, form, rhythm, color, proportion, and volume.

Alternative Comics and Graphic Novels Students produce portfolio-quality projects concentrating on narrative structure, content, text and image. The course introduces a variety of illustrative approaches, such as writing, storyboarding, penciling, inking/coloring, and prepress preparations with a diverse exploration of materials including pencil, pen, ink, and collage.

Architecture This exciting course allows students to create proposals driven by their own interests in spaces, buildings, sculptures and even future monuments – imagine it, build it! Students will be immersed in the skills necessary to architecture – 2D sketching and technical drawing, 3D physical modeling, and developing 2D portfolioquality design boards. Expect to learn about the impact other disciplines have on contemporary architecture, and gain inspiration by exploring the works of artists, architects, and writers such as Andy Goldsworthy, Santiago Calatrava, Peter Eisenman, and Anthony Vidler.

Art and Street Culture What are the differences and similarities between fine art, graffiti art, and street art? Working in SAIC’s studios and public spaces, students have the opportunity to create their own individual portfolio-quality works in addition to a collaborative mural located in downtown Chicago.

Designed Objects All works created in ECPSI courses, 2017


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Through drawing, modeling, and rapid prototyping, students learn how design decisions are made and create projects using hand drafting techniques, 3D modeling software (Rhino), laser cutting, 3D printing, and the Adobe Creative Suite. Presentations from visiting designers and field trips to the Art Institute of Chicago’s design wing and SAIC’s technology resource centers supplement the studio experience.

OF OUR COURSES… Digital Photography Students study manual camera techniques, lighting, digital workflow and output, and create high quality prints using Adobe Bridge, Photoshop software, Canon inkjet printers, and high-resolution laser printers. Coursework includes visits to the Art Institute of Chicago’s world-renowned photographic print study room.

Drawing: Urban Landscape From using the landscape itself as a medium to abstraction in space to inventing new landscapes through collage, students build skills in form, shape, line, perspective, and composition while exploring Chicago and interpreting the environment in unique ways. With a shared emphasis on traditional and non-traditional drawing techniques, students may experiment with a variety of wet and dry materials, which may include charcoal, pastels, ink, collage, and water-based paints. The course covers the history of landscape drawing in addition to how contemporary artists approach and depict the urban environment.

Experimental Drawing While building on technical abilities, students experiment with media (black and white, color, wet and dry), scale, arrangement, and presentation/installation and consider aesthetic design decisions, materials selection, and conceptual concerns during the creative process. Field trips to the Art Institute of Chicago, artist presentations, and discussions focusing on the work of significant historic and contemporary artists supplement the studio experience.

Fashion/Body/Garment: At the Edge Do fashion and contemporary art meet at the cutting edge of our culture? Experiment with presentation and process, work individually and collaboratively, engage in research, build a collection, and explore our Art Institute of Chicago, Fashion Resource Center and other resources available in Chicago. You have the opportunity to share your work with the public through installations, performances, or social media. Elevate your work — rethink the medium!

Figure Painting Working from direct observation of the nude model, students build oil painting skills with an emphasis on both traditional and nontraditional painting processes and materials including water-based

paint, collage, and mixed media, investigating personal ideas and concepts while developing a series of portfolio-quality paintings. Field trips to the Art Institute of Chicago and artist presentations supplement the studio experience.

Material Manipulation Alter, enrich and manipulate existing materials and objects using soft-sculpture building, stitching, cutting, dyeing, wrapping, printing, stenciling, paper manipulation, and layering in combination with waxes, adhesives, and collage. Projects range from fabric sculptures to embellished clothing to altered objects to layered reliefs and beyond. Trips to the Art Institute of Chicago, thrift stores, and local galleries/studios, artist presentations, and group critiques enhance the studio experience.

Video: Artist as Storyteller Using hand-held cameras, audio and lighting equipment, and video editing software (Adobe Premiere, After Effects), students use video to tell a story, looking to contemporary artists who use the medium in unique and innovative ways. Developing technical skills and using their own distinctive innovations, students shoot, edit, perform in, and produce collaborative and/or individual short videos. Trips to the Art Institute of Chicago and access to SAIC’s Video Data Bank supplement studio coursework.

Visual Communication Design Students explore the elements and principles of graphic design to create portfolio-quality works exploring symbols, logos, typography, layout, image and text integration, and sequential design. Using software like Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop and working with high quality digital printers, students also learn how to look at and evaluate products, graphics, architecture, and more.

Writer’s Studio In this intensive, interdisciplinary writing course, students improve their writing skills while pushing their creative limits. Designed for those who want to investigate writing through experimentation with style, format, and media, students explore the possibilities of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and hybrid practices. Through traditional and unconventional forms of writing, students develop their own voice and vision, express ideas in new ways, and give their writing a new creative edge. Past work from this course has included text-as-image, drawings, performance art, and sculptural projects. | | 312.629.6170



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All works created in ECPSI courses, 2017 | | 312.629.6170


ON-CAMPUS HOUSING On-campus housing is available at SAIC’s recently renovated Jones Hall, conveniently located a few blocks from the academic facilities. Living on campus is not required but strongly recommended for easy access to classrooms and studios, engaging with other students, and partaking in residence life activities. Jones Hall features: • Double and triple occupancy apartment-style rooms • Private baths • Kitchenettes with full-size refrigerators, cook-top, and microwave • Wireless internet • Private closets and ample storage space • 24-hour controlled access security • In-hall Residence Director • Summer Residence Advisor on each floor • In-building laundry What you should provide: • Linens, towels, pillows, blankets, and alarm clocks. If you are taking consecutive sessions, we don’t require you to move out of the residence hall. Thought you should know!

SAIC MEAL PLAN AND DINING SERVICES The SAIC meal plan, required for all residence hall students, provides approximately 10 meals per week. The meal plan is a declining balance that gives you the ability to choose a full meal or grab a quick bite. Dining facilities are located in both the LeRoy Neiman Center and the Columbus Drive building. You can cook in your rooms, as long as you bring your own cooking supplies (including pots), and trips are planned by residence hall staff to take you to area grocery shops and places to eat.


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LEROY NEIMAN CENTER You and your fellow students will find SAIC’s LeRoy Neiman Center an ideal place to hang out, grab something to eat, and check out work in our Student Union Galleries.


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SAIC’s Museum It was faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago who founded the Art Institute of Chicago’s museum as a teaching resource for its students. Today, the Art Institute of Chicago is the world’s third largest collection of art in the world, and an integral part of the education of every SAIC student. As an ECPSI student, you have free access to the museum’s collections — nearly 300,000 pieces of art in the permanent collection. Google images, step aside! At the museum, you’ll see: • The incredible color variations in a Van Gogh portrait • Picasso’s works on paper that are too light sensitive to be on display for the public • Rembrandt paintings and drawings • Site specific sculpture • Fiber art designed and executed by Lenore Tawney • Diane Arbus’ famous Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey | | 312.629.6170



CHICAGO — VIBRANT, EXCITING & FRIENDLY Woven into the fabric of vibrant downtown Chicago, home to 6 other major universities, SAIC’s campus is your ideal home base. As home to one of the country’s largest concentrations of working artists, Chicago is a city of architecture, innovative public art, and world-class museums and galleries — and our faculty will help you explore it. Artistic resources aside, Chicago in the summer is simply fantastic: bike along the lakefront, check out a free concert in Millennium Park, and attend summer festivals from Blues Fest to Taste of Chicago to Lollapalooza. We think you’ll really like it here. We know you will be inspired.


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OUT AND ABOUT Chicago is an integral part of the ECPSI experience, and we provide programming to give you exposure to a little bit of everything it has to offer. Trips have included venturing to local art museums, enjoying Chicago’s food (we have so MUCH MORE than pizza here), exploring thrift stores, and swimming and sunning at Lake Michigan. | | 312.629.6170



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All works created in ECPSI courses, 2017 | | 312.629.6170


THE RULES AND REGS Registration Opens

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 Students may register by fax, in person, through email or online via SlideRoom. A $100 nonrefundable tuition deposit is required. All application materials are required in order for registration to be processed. Spaces are filled on a first-come, firstserved basis and early registration is encouraged due to limited class capacities.

Merit Scholarship Deadline Friday, March 23, 2018

International Student Registration Deadline

Friday, March 23, 2018

Priority Registration and Financial Aid Deadline Friday, April 13, 2018

Registration and financial aid applications will be accepted and processed as space and funds allow after this date. Note: financial aid is available to U.S. residents only. International students may apply for a merit scholarship.

Payment Deadline

Friday, May 11, 2018


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Merit Scholarship

Tuition and Budgets

To be considered for merit scholarship, you must have completed your registration and the following:

2-week sessions:

1. C  reate a SlideRoom account at 2. Load six to 10 images of your best artwork in the ECP SI portfolio category. 3. C  heck the “Applying for a merit scholarship” box on Registration Form-1. Artwork may be in any medium, regardless of class choice. Creative writing merit scholarship submissions may be imported in SlideRoom as PDFs. There is no separate merit scholarship application form. Artwork is only required for merit scholarship consideration, NOT admission into the program.

Applying for Need-Based Financial Aid In order to apply for financial aid, you must be a US resident and submit the following: 1) All of your registration materials including $100 nonrefundable tuition deposit 2) Financial documentation must include a copy of Form 1040 from the family’s most recent tax return (the first two pages). If you are unable to submit these documents, please contact us at

Tuition: $3,104 Supplies: Approximately $300 Incidentals/personal spending: Approximately $200

4-week sessions:

Tuition: $6,208 Supplies: Approximately $450 Incidentals/personal spending: Approximately $350

Payment Information Continuing Studies accepts check, credit cards (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa), and money orders. If paying by check or money order, please make payable to SAIC and include the student’s name, ID number (if available), and term (i.e., summer 2018). Registration will be accepted with payment in full as space allows after the May 11 payment deadline.

Cancellations and Changes Continuing Studies reserves the right to cancel or alter the fees, schedule, or staffing of courses when circumstances warrant. If a cancellation or change is necessary, students will be notified prior to the first class, and students enrolled in cancelled courses will have the option of taking another class or receiving a full refund.




Refund Policy All withdrawal requests must be submitted in writing to 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. 100% of tuition charge is refundable, less the $100 nonrefundable tuition deposit, if courses are dropped by May 11. Note: This applies for all sessions.

 REAS OF STUDY: Animation; Architecture, A Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects; Comics and the Graphic Novel; Fashion Design; Game Design; Painting and Drawing; Photography; Sculpture; Sound: Video; Visual Communication Design; Writing

Refunds take four to six weeks to process, depending on payment type. Note: No tuition will be refunded, and financial aid and merit scholarships may be revoked, if a student is asked to leave the program for violations of policies or regulations.




ENROLLMENT: Approximately 150 students per two-week session

Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Mexico, Russian Federation, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela

Residence Hall Supervision Curfew is strictly enforced: 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Students must be in the building and signed in each night for curfew. Students violating curfew are subject to disciplinary action that may lead to dismissal from the program.



ARTICard All ECPSI students receive an ARTICard, SAIC’s official ID card, which is to be carried at all times and must be shown to access all campus buildings. The ARTICard gives students free admission to the Art Institute and discounts at the Art Institute Museum Shop and nearby art supply stores. The ARTICard also functions as a debit card and can be used to purchase art supplies and pay for food in SAIC cafeterias and vending machines.

CONTACT US Continuing Studies at SAIC 36 S. Wabash Ave., suite 1201, Chicago, IL 60603 PHONE: 312.629.6170 | FAX: 312.629.6171 | EMAIL: OFFICE HOURS: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | | 312.629.6170


High school students who are at least 15 years old and not more than 18 years of age who have completed their sophomore year are eligible to enroll in the Early College Program Summer Institute (ECPSI). Housing, merit scholarships, and need-based aid are available!

Monday, June 18 – Friday, June 29, 2018

Session 2: Two weeks

Monday, July 2 – Friday, July 13, 2018 36 South Wabash Avenue, suite 1201 Chicago, IL 60603

Early College Program Summer Institute

Session 1: Two weeks

Session 3: Two weeks

Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 27, 2018

Session 4: Four weeks

Monday, July 2 – Friday, July 27, 2018 | 312.629.6170 Cover Image: Sofia Mondelo

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