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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!

Associate Professor, Industrial Design

Haishan Deng

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Real-world assignment: CIA students tackle re-design of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's Primate, Cat and Aquatics Building

October 26, 2015

Real-world assignment: CIA students tackle re-design of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's Primate, Cat and Aquatics Building

Students to propose refinements that would improve visitor engagement more

Hellcat designer and CIA grad led symposium at Auto Show

March 17, 2015

Hellcat designer and CIA grad led symposium at Auto Show

Nicho Vardis '99 challenged students to create more

Cleveland Institute of Art: Unruly Engagements
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