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Registration Policies


Registration at CIA consists of two components: 

  • Course pre-scheduling
  • Tuition payment

Both of these components must be completed each semester before a student is considered enrolled at CIA. Students who have not completed course pre-scheduling and tuition payment by the end of the late registration period (the period starting with the first day of class through the last day of drop/add) will not be permitted to enroll for that semester. 

Course Reservation

Currently enrolled students have the opportunity to pre-schedule their courses early for the following semester through the Registrar’s Office. Course reservation dates for the fall semester are posted on the Academic Calendar and normally occur in mid-April; for the spring semester in mid-November.  

Course pre-scheduling consists of consulting with an advisor on planning a course schedule for the upcoming semester and processing the course schedule through the Registrar’s Office. Course pre-scheduling gives students the opportunity to pay tuition by mail. Students must pay tuition on the courses they pre-schedule before they are considered registered and permitted to attend classes. All students who plan to return the following semester are advised to participate in the course pre-scheduling process. Students who complete the course pre-scheduling process and who will be in the Cleveland area may use their library cards between semesters.

Independent Study

Any sophomore, junior, or senior may propose a semester-long independent study course, equivalent to three credits of liberal arts or studio elective. In general, the purpose of independent study is to pursue a topic of interest not available in the curriculum. 

  • Students are limited to one independent study per semester and to a total of six credits (2 courses)of liberal arts or studio independent study.
  • Proposals for independent study must be submitted to the Office of Academic Services, with approval from a faculty sponsor, the department head, and Jeff Romanoski. 
  • Approved proposals must be submitted to the Registrar for proper credit. Independent study is graded and cannot be taken on a pass/fail basis.
  • The faculty sponsor of an independent study course will mentor and evaluate the work done in the course. He/she must be approved by the Vice President for Academic and Faculty Affairs to teach the subject proposed.
  • The minimum G.P.A. to participate is 3.0 

For more information, please email Jeff Romanoski or contact him at 216.421.7468

Registrar’s Office

Joseph McCullough Center for the Visual Arts (JMC)
Room 120




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