Program Length: 3-6 weeks (varies depending on the course)

Location: Online

Admissions Req: Students must be at least 15 years old and no older than 18 (have completed their sophomore year of high school) in order to enroll. Students also must submit a non-refundable tuition deposit of $100.

Highlight: Do you enjoy art and design? Do you want to challenge yourself, learn new techniques, and expand your artistic ability and portfolio? The Art Institute of Chicago’s early college program for high school students may just be what you’re looking for. In this art design program, you will be mentored by professional artists firsthand, all while having full access to one of the best art museums in America: The Art Institute of Chicago! The art design program boasts courses in almost every type of art, whether it be drawing and painting, comics and graphic novels, animation and video, and even fashion design! If the art design program’s prices are a bit steep for you, no need to fret! The Art Institute of Chicago offers scholarships and financial aid! Did I mention that you can even take classes online? All you need is access to Wifi and a laptop

Here are the summer courses offered online at the Art Institute of Chicago: 

  • Drawing/Painting/Comics and Graphic Novels
  • Animation and Video Projects
  • Interdisciplinary Projects
  • Design Projects
  • Advanced Drawing and Painting Projects
  • Advanced Interdisciplinary Projects
  • 2D Animation
  • Experimental Drawing
  • Alternative Comics and Graphic Novels
  • Visual Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Writer’s Studio 

Financial: Three-week courses (1 college credit) cost $1,666 (additional costs for art supplies: $300). Six-week courses (2 college credits) cost $3,332 (additional costs for art supplies: $450). There is also a guaranteed one-time $1000 scholarship to students who successfully complete the program and enroll at SAIC.


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