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You’re an artist. You see things differently. You see a tree on the street corner, and it’s not just a tree: it’s a painting, a photograph, a poem, a song, the establishing shot of your new screenplay. You see a story in just about everything, and you have no choice but to tell it.
Columbia College Chicago’s High School Summer Institute is a three week, intensive arts program designed for people just like you. You can take classes in just about every creative field you can imagine, and earn college credit while you’re at it! Make a TV show, perform in a jazz band, take and develop your own photographs, write poems that will make your English teacher’s eyes bug out of her head, be a newscaster. We’ve got that and way more going on this summer.
All Institute classes are taught by the same working professionals who teach our undergraduate students. Our faculty are actively engaged in the subjects they teach and are uniquely qualified to share their expertise in the classroom.
Columbia’s facilities are second to none, which means you will learn on the best equipment available in the industry: film and video production and post-production equipment, photography labs, animation labs, graphic design computer labs, dance studios, concert halls, theater stages, a radio station, recording facilities, art studios, performance spaces, library, design studios, television studios and so much more! Spend your summer learning about the subjects that interest you from extraordinary teachers at the nation’s largest and most diverse non-profit arts, media, and communication college.
Columbia College Chicago is located in the heart of the South Loop, overlooking Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain, and the lake front. We are only steps away from the Chicago Cultural Center, the Art Institute of Chicago, Orchestra Hall, theaters, museums, and galleries.
On-campus housing is available to students who live outside of a commutable distance to campus. Housing is assigned on a first-come first-served basis for an additional fee beyond the cost of tuition.