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Story: Dec 22, 2014

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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Story: Dec 17, 2014

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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Story: Nov 04, 2014

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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Story: Nov 03, 2014

New Uptown Residence Hall featured in CIA video

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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

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Applying to the Cleveland Institute of Art

Applying to college can be a daunting task. That’s why at the 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

Early Action Deadline 2: January 15

Completing your application by January 15 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.

New CIA building taking shape; set for December completion

November 04, 2014

New CIA building taking shape; set for December completion

New George Gund Building will unify CIA's now-divided campus more

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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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