Summer in the City

The High School Summer Institute is an intensive 3-week program for creative high school students who have completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year of study and who want to immerse themselves in the visual, media, and communication arts. Students spend three full weeks 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.


Important Program Dates

  • Program Dates: July 7 - 25, 2014
  • Admissions Application Deadline: June 20, 2014
  • Registration Deadline: June 27, 2014
  • Move-In day and Housing Orientation: July 6, 2014
  • Academic Orientation: July 7, 2014
  • HSSI Showcase: July 25, 2014
  • Move out of Housing: July 26, 2014