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Cores + Connections

What sets the Cleveland Institute of Art apart from other colleges of art and design?
In a nutshell, our Cores + Connections make all the difference.

The word "core" comes from the Latin "cor" for “heart.” At the heart of CIA, core values of faculty mentorship, studio and academic rigor, and state-of-the-art curriculum, all power extensive connections for student engagement in field-based experiential learning, real-world professional projects, and social practices in art and design. This building of better futures begins with your very first semester in Foundation studies and continues throughout your education here, through courses, extracurricular activities, and/or internships. All made possible by over 200 external partnerships, at last count!

Cleveland Institute of Art: SIE 2016

Academic Director, Cores + Connections; Adjunct Professor of Art, Foundation

Barbara Chira

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CIA students work behind the scenes on feature film

November 18, 2015

CIA students work behind the scenes on feature film

Storyboards by Animation majors helped director Paul Schrader visualize scenes for film featuring Nicholas Cage and Willem Dafoe more

CIA students lend talents to AIDS memorial quilt project

December 17, 2015

CIA students lend talents to AIDS memorial quilt project

Project creates lasting tribute to those who have died of AIDS more

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Cores + Connections

Creating. Connecting. Building better futures.