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Grad is sculptor behind Disney's Big Hero 6

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CIA Exhibition: Jan 14, 2015

35th Annual Scholastic Art & Writing Exhibition

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Students animate, illustrate holiday greetings on behalf of ...

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CIA Exhibition: Feb 13, 2015

69th Annual Student Independent Exhibition

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New CIA building taking shape; set for December completion

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Events: Mar 21, 2015

Spring 2015 Open House

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New Uptown Residence Hall featured in CIA video

View details Spring Exhibition: Women to Watch - Ohio

CIA Exhibition: Apr 02, 2015

Spring Exhibition: Women to Watch - Ohio

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Story: Aug 18, 2014

CIA again named to "Best in the Midwest" list

Academics . Curriculum . Professional Experience 

Professional Experience

A successful creative career requires strong connections to real-world experience. At the Cleveland Institute of Art we’ve developed a rigorous mandatory Business + Professional Practices curriculum that all CIA students complete. In addition to the core course and the small-group seminars, you'll take a professional writing course and travel out into the field to see artists and designers at work.  

Emphasis on Success

The Business + Professional Practices curriculum emphasizes three important avenues for students: 

  • Studio and exhibitions: Learn how to set up a professional studio, write grants, develop exhibitions, communicate through artist talks and statements, and approach dealers, curators, and collectors. 
  • Entrepreneurship: Learn how to establish your own business by exploring business finance, sales and marketing, taxes, insurance, copyright and contracts, professional writing, and more.
  • Industry: Learn how to thrive in a business organization by discussing presentation and interview skills, ethics and conflict resolution, business plans, communication etiquette, professional associations, and more.

Guest Speakers

CIA’s Career Center and faculty bring in visiting artists and designers who speak to you about establishing successful careers. Recent guest speakers have given presentations on:

  • Public speaking
  • Personal finance
  • Working with ad agencies
  • Navigating public funding for the arts
  • Small-business start-up
  • Health coverage options
  • The importance of networking

Alumni who need help in jump-starting their professional career, may also reach out to Career Services, which can provide additional guidance and resources.

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Community Works

Visiting artists, exhibitions, conference and symposia exploring socially engaged art.

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Uptown Residence Hall

Check out the new student digs.

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Cores + Connections

Creating. Connecting. Building better futures.