Summer online and on-campus degree courses at SAIC

Summer online and on-campus degree courses at SAIC

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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May 11, 2021
Summer online and on-campus degree courses at SAIC
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
36 South Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60603
United States
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The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is thrilled to announce the offering of over 60 of our acclaimed online and on-campus degree courses to students this summer. Artists across the globe are invited to join our degree-seeking students, other college students, artists, and designers from across the globe in SAIC’s undergraduate degree program courses. Sparked by the vitality of our urban campus, inspiring peer engagement, challenging instructors, and influential visiting artists, you’ll work harder than ever before in a creative environment second to none.

Course offerings range from studio to liberal arts and art history, available on a first-come, first-served basis with topics including:

Furniture Design: Chair Studio / Art History: The Road in American Culture (online) / Carving: Carving Wood in the Round / Introduction to Art Therapy (online) / Ceramics: Beyond the Utilitarian Vessel / Beginning Fashion Illustration / Fiber and Material Studies: Twist / Introduction to Experimental 3D (online) / Selected Musical Topics: Medieval Sounds/Sights (online) / Performance Specialties / Lighting Fundamentals / Deep Risography / Painting Institute: Summer Residency / Mold-Making and Casting / Introduction to Sound / Beginning Graphic Design (online)

Credits earned are transferable to most colleges, and on-campus housing is available. Three-week and six-week classes start in June, July and August. Learn more and register at

Non-credit courses
We invite both emerging and established artists to join fellow thinkers and makers from around the world for an exciting and immersive art-making experience in our non-credit Adult Continuing Education program.

On-campus and online courses will be offered in multi-week summer sessions, one-week and two-weekend intensives, and weekend workshops.

We offer a broad range of courses including: Drawing from Life: Illustrating the Personal Narrative (online) / Urban Photography / The Revisionist (online) / Introduction to Oil Painting / Digital Design: Illustrator (online) / Frame Loom Weaving (online) / Islamic Art: The Mastery of Geometry (online) / Expanded Print (online) / Sewing Techniques: Below the Belt (online) / Drawing on Site: Urban Sketching / Plein-Air Painting / Painting and Drawing—One Week Intensive (online)

We also offer non-credit certificates designed to accommodate students with diverse interests and backgrounds. Programs take approximately one year to complete at a rate of one to two courses per term, and are offered year-round in a variety of formats, including semester-long options, intensives, and both online and on-campus offerings.

Certificates are offered in the following areas: Drawing, Fashion, Graphic Design, Studio Art & Design, Interior Design, and Painting. 

See for more information and to register.

Advanced Placement Summer Institutes (APSI) courses for teachers
Join fellow AP teachers from around the world for Advanced Placement Summer Institutes (APSI) online. Go beyond professional development and experience a unique combination of revitalizing seminar sessions and collaborative activities as you explore dynamic and innovative teaching strategies. Our faculty are not only AP-approved consultants, but they are part of the College Board team at the highest levels. 

APSI Studio Art and Design online
Session one: July 12–16, 9am–5pm CDT, with M. Colleen Harrigan and Michael x. Ryan 
Session two: July 19–23, 9am–5pm CDT, with M. Colleen Harrigan and Michael x. Ryan
Session three: August 2–6, 9am–5pm CDT, with M. Colleen Harrigan and Michael x. Ryan

APSI Art History online
August 9–13, 2021, 9am–5pm CDT, with Marsha Russell

Learn more.

How will courses be delivered this summer?
SAIC offers a wide selection of on-campus courses, as well as a robust selection of hybrid and online classes, so that students can choose the course mode that best suits their needs, interests, and comfort level. Building on our learning and successes of the current academic year, our faculty will continue to teach in these modalities, offering the innovative, engaging classes that are a hallmark of SAIC. Our three course modalities prioritize the health and safety of our community and give students maximum flexibility to choose the courses that are best for them. 

Modified in-person
This hybrid delivery format blends online and on-campus learning, prioritizing access to making facilities and resources on campus, while allowing for social distancing and online instruction and lectures where possible.

On-campus in Chicago
Woven into the fabric of vibrant downtown Chicago, SAIC’s campus is your ideal home base. You’ll be surrounded by remarkable architecture, innovative public art, world-class museums and galleries, an extraordinary lakefront, and one of the largest concentrations of working artists in the US. To see a full overview of how SAIC has prepared campus for safe on-campus learning, visit

Online instruction
Enjoy the flexibility and convenience of learning and making from wherever you are. We’ve designed our online courses to be an ideal mix of real-time participation, faculty-led demos and lectures, working in your home studio, receiving one-on-one feedback from your instructors, researching our virtual resource library, and engaging with your peers. The majority of our classes are synchronous, which means you’ll interact in real time with your instructors and peers during scheduled Zoom meeting sessions as well as work independently in your own time. A few classes meet in the asynchronous mode in which you can access course content and correspond with your instructor and peers at any time of day. You’ll have access to an array of resources and engaging content through SAIC’s online learning platform.

Did you know? SAIC offers youth classes too. We host a variety of online courses for kids ages 4–13, online and in-person courses for high schoolers ages 14–18, and family camps!

Learn more: T 312 629 6170 / cs [​at​] /

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