Continuing Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) provides the highest quality educational opportunities in art and design through courses tailored exclusively for adults, including teachers, high school students in grades nine through 12, middle school students ages 1013, and children ages four to nine. Our goal is to nurture and support life-long learning and the development of creative thought and practice in students of all ages.
At SAIC we believe that having confidence in one's creative abilities plays a critical role in successfully meeting the unique challenges of today's world.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • School Type: Online School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • State Accredited: Yes
  • Live Instruction: Yes
  • Rolling Enrollment: No
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Illinois for:

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School Overview

School Type
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded
1866
State Accredited Program
Yes
Personalized Content
No
Live Instruction
Yes
Rolling Enrollment
No
Flexible Class Schedule
No
Accelerated Offerings
No
Classes for Credit/Part Time Options
Yes
Dedicated College Counselor
No
Tutoring/Mentoring
No
Community Clubs/Activities Offered
No

Student Body

Student Body Type
Co-ed

Academics and Faculty

List of Courses Offered

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling

School Notes

  • Program Offerings
  • Children's Multi-Arts Camps (Ages 4-9)
  • Combining creativity with fun, SAIC's summer camps offer exciting projects and include daily visits to the Art Institute of Chicago museum. Kids learn to discover, explore, and imagine in their own unique ways, experimenting with a variety of art materials and methods that encourage the development of creative thinking and problem-solving skills. 
  • Family Programs (Ages 4+ with Adult)
  • Family Programs at SAIC are truly a unique experience. Combining visits to the renowned Art Institute of Chicago museum with exciting studio-based explorations, camp instructors guide all participants through each step of the creative process, using materials such as paint, collage, clay, pastels, or charcoal as a team and side-by-side. Regardless of age, these experiences build curiosity and self-confidence for all participants through creative problem solving, firsthand exposure to the unmatched collections at the museum, and material investigation. 
  • Middle School Programs (Ages 10-13)
  • Our courses for middle schoolers are designed to allow students to focus on their interests, learn new skills, and bring their ideas to life. We offer course subjects and resources not available to young creators anywhere else in the world! 
  • Early College Program (Ages 14-18)
  • Push your ideas, visions, and skillsets to new heights! Join students from around the country and right here in Chicago for courses taught by our renowned faculty. Experience dynamic virtual demos, engage with peers during group work, critiques, and activities, and receive a blend of time for independent exploration and making and time to check-in with faculty. 
  • Early College Program Online Summer Institute (Ages 15-18, Earn College Credit)
  • You`ll join peers online from around the globe to create portfolio-quality work, deepen your understanding of contemporary art making, and earn college credit. Experience dynamic virtual demos, engage in group critiques, and receive the ideal blend of one-on-one meeting time with faculty and independent exploration.
  • Adult Continuing Education Courses and Certificates (Ages 18+)
  • Engage in material exploration and learn new skills or refresh existing ones. As a member of our community, one defined by practice and inquiry, you will cultivate creative confidence, learning with and from your instructors and peers as you produce work based on your personal research and interests. 
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • School Type: Online School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • State Accredited: Yes
  • Live Instruction: Yes
  • Rolling Enrollment: No
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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