Summer Studio FAQ's


What are the session dates?

Two Week Sessions

June 8-19, 2020
July 6-17, 2020
July 20-31, 2020

One Week Sessions
(with Housing) Click here for housing FAQ's.

June 22-26, 2020
August 3-7, 2020


Refund Policy:

Housing students must cancel their reservation 30 days prior to the start of their session in order to receive a refund.

For all other students, refunds will be given to students who cancel their reservation 14 days prior to the start of their session.


Where are the classes located?

Classes will take place at the Academy - 332 South Michigan Avenue


What is the cost?

The two week program is $320.00 (Includes two workshops & all basic supplies)

The one week program is $160.00 (Includes two workshops & all basic supplies)

The one week program with housing is $879.00 (Includes two workshops & all basic supplies)


Is there a payment plan for the tuition?

No, payment is due in full in order to register for the Summer Studio.


When do I need to register?

Spaces fill up quickly, so you should register as soon as you know what session and classes you would like to take.


How old do I need to be?

The program is open to high school students who have completed their freshmen year.


What classes are offered?

Life Drawing: Students use charcoal and conte to create realistic drawings from a live, clothed model.

Oil Painting: Working from a live, clothed model, students develop oil painting techniques.

Digital Illustration: Students will produce a variety of artwork using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.

Concept Art: Using traditional drawing processes, students are introduced to concept art projects.

Watercolor Painting: Students are introduced to traditional transparent watercolor techniques.

Graphic Design: Working with the Adobe Creative Suite, (Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign), in a computer lab, students will apply typographic principles to communicate visual ideas.

Traditional 2D Animation:  For this class, students will first create a hand drawn image, which will then be digitized and colorized using Adobe software.  Students will work on an individual project before moving on to a group project.

3D Animation: This class will focus on the digital process of animation. Students may work on special projects like a bouncing ball, character walk cycles or dialogue clips. 

Analog Photography: Students are introduced to college level photography class assignments that employ SLR film cameras and DSLR digital cameras. 


Do I attend both sessions?

Yes, each student is registered for two different classes, one of which will meet between 8:20-10:35, and the other will meet between 10:50-1:05 every day.


Can I specify which class I take in the morning?

We create a schedule that best fits every student’s first class choices. We cannot guarantee that you will be taking a certain class at a certain time.


Can I take one class twice?

Space is limited in our classes, so we request that each student choose two different classes.


What do I need to bring with me?

You are not required to bring anything for the classes. However, if you have a particular medium you prefer to work with or a favorite brush, etc…, please feel free to bring it with you.  You may also want to bring a notebook or binder and a pen or pencil. 


Do I need to bring my own camera for Photography?

No, the Academy provides cameras for class. If you wish to bring in your own to use, you may.


Can I have class with one of my classmates?

You may request similar classes to your friends, and we will make every effort to place students from the same school in one class, however, it sometimes does not work out that way. 


What time will I be done?

Classes are held 8:20-10:35 and 10:50-1:05 Monday-Friday. 


What time is lunch?

There is a break between 10:35 and 10:50 when students may grab a bite to eat.


Is lunch provided?

No, lunch is not provided.  There are two student lounges, one on each floor, and they each have vending machines in them.  There are also various eating establishments in the immediate vicinity of the Academy.


Is housing provided?

Housing is offered for the one-week programs, June 22nd – June 26th and August 3rd – 7th only. We are not able to offer housing for the two week programs. Students will need to make arrangements to get here on time every day.


What transportation is available to students?

Chicago offers several choices for public transportation. The nearest “El” stations are the State Street Red Line, the Harold Washington, Jr. Brown Line, and the Jackson Blue Line.  Union and Ogilvie stations are about 1 mile away. For route guides, please visit the Chicago Transportation Authority’s website, at


When is payment due?

Payment is due in full upon registering for class. A student is not considered registered until payment is received.


Is school credit given for attending?

We do not offer certification for completing the Summer Studio course.


Am I guaranteed my first class choices?

We make every effort to place students in their top class choices; however, in order to accommodate everyone possible, sometimes it is necessary to use a student’s third choice. This is why we suggest registering as early as possible.


I didn’t get my confirmation for registering for the Summer Studio.  Am I still registered? 

If you registered online, you should receive an electronic registration confirmation as your session date approaches. If you mailed-in your registration then you will either receive an electronic registration confirmation or you may receive one in the mail. If you have not received your confirmation a week before your session begins please call the Academy to confirm your registration.

If you have any questions not answered here, please contact:

Katie Lavin

Summer Studio Coordinator

(312) 461-0600



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