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CIA Exhibition: Jan 15, 2015

35th Annual Scholastic Art & Writing Exhibition

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CIA Exhibition: Feb 13, 2015

69th Annual Student Independent Exhibition

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Applying to the Cleveland Institute of Art

At Cleveland Institute of Art we believe very strongly in providing a personal approach at this most important time of your life.

We encourage you to contact us early in your college search so we can help you prepare the best possible application. Our admissions counselors will answer any questions you have and confirm whether your application and portfolio meet our submission requirements. 

Make sure to visit us! We welcome the opportunity to meet you and review your portfolio in person. When you visit, you can tour our campus, meet our faculty artists, and see our students at work in their own studio spaces.

Start your online application

When you are ready to apply, start your online application here.

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A complete CIA application is much more than the online form—it also includes transcripts, your portfolio, and more. Make sure to review the relevant pages below for important details. Then start your online application!

Application Information

For Freshman Students
For Transfer Students
For International Students
For U.S. Veterans

Regular Decision Deadline: March 2

Completing your application by March 2 ensures consideration for all scholarships and grants offered by CIA, and allows you to learn about your admissions decision and potential financial aid as early as possible.

In addition, if you submit your online application between now and January 31, 2015, you do not need to pay the $40 application fee.

Money for the road: CIA grads receive travel scholarships

May 16, 2014

Money for the road: CIA grads receive travel scholarships

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Community Works

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

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SPECTRUM CIA 2015

Save the date. Four celebration events.

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