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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

Associate Professor - Industrial Design, Industrial Design

Douglas Paige

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CIA students volunteer to photograph 150 Akron school children

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CIA students volunteer to photograph 150 Akron school children

Photo grad was delighted her alma mater pulled through for her students more

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Sharpen your artistic skills at CIA's Pre-College Program this summer.

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Cores + Connections

Creating. Connecting. Building better futures.