Summer in the City
Thanks for your interest in High School Summer Institute! As we prepare for HSSI 2013, updates will appear on this site and we invite you to check back to learn more.
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The High School Summer Institute is an intensive 3-week program for creative high school students that have completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year of study who want to immerse themselves in the visual, media, and communication arts. On-campus housing is available for distance and out-of-state students.
Students spend the summer exploring their ideas, developing the technical skills that bring their ideas to life, and earning college credit while they’re at it!
High School Summer Institute students study with the same working professionals and scholars who teach Columbia’s undergraduates. Students also hone their craft in Columbia’s state-of-the-art facilities—film and video production and post-production studios, photography labs, animation labs, graphic design labs, dance studios, concert halls, theater stages, radio station, recording facilities, art studios, performance spaces, television studios, and more.
Columbia’s campus is located in the heart of downtown Chicago—smack dab in the middle of the South Loop and Chicago’s Arts and Education Corridor. We are steps from Grant Park (literally, 45 steps - we’ve counted), Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Field Museum, The Theater District, Orchestra Hall, The Chicago Cultural Center, and The Magnificent Mile (the best shopping in Chicago)!