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Location and Campus

Cleveland Institute of Art is an independent college of art and design committed to leadership and vision in all forms of visual arts education. Since 1882, we have received widespread acclaim for the quality of our programs and achievements of our alumni. Students are encouraged to explore their vision and develop their skills through an interdisciplinary curriculum.


CIA has nearly 50 full-time and 60 adjunct faculty, all professional artists, designers, and scholars. The student-to-faculty ratio is 9:1.

Student Body

Approximately 550 undergraduate students from across the globe attend CIA.


CIA offers 15 majors in art, design, craft, and interactive media. 


Students may enter as a freshman or as a transfer student (with advanced standing). Admission is based on a portfolio review, academic record, SAT or ACT scores, and recommendations. Visit Admissions to learn more about the application process.

Financial Aid

The Institute offers scholarships based on academic history and portfolio quality. Need-based aid is also available. Learn more about financial aid at CIA.


There is no credible, national organization that ranks undergraduate colleges of art and design; however, The Princeton Review has named CIA one of the best colleges in the Midwest. In fact, CIA is the only college of art and design among The Princeton Review’s "Best in the Midwest" recommended schools in its "2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region." In addition, Money magazine ranked CIA fifth among North America’s 44 elite colleges of art and design in its “Best Colleges for Your Money” ranking. The magazine evaluated more than 700 schools “that provide the best value for your tuition dollar,” and ranked them on 21 factors in three equally weighted categories: educational quality, affordability, and alumni earnings. Read about Money magazine’s methodology here.

Accreditation and Membership

Cleveland Institute of Art is an independent, not-for-profit college accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Ohio Board of Regents. CIA is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), a consortium of America’s specialized art and design colleges.

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604

Academic Calendar

View CIA's academic calendar, or download a PDF version here.


To nurture the intellectual, artistic, and professional development of students and community members through rigorous visual arts and design education.


To advance culture, community, and global quality of life.

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