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Story: Oct 21, 2014

Senior curates exhibition of current students, recent grads ...

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CIA Exhibition: Oct 17, 2014

Adam Markanovic: No Body to Love

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Story: Oct 20, 2014

CIA grad transforms Corvette into canvas on wheels

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Events: Oct 31, 2014

Lunch On Fridays: Word!

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Tomorrow, put on your best costume and join us for Lunch On Fridays, CIA's free lunchtime lecture series. In this edition, authors and artists will present the ...

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Story: Sep 22, 2014

Television and film writer teaching narrative writing at CIA

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Events: Nov 06, 2014 @ Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, OH

Unruly Engagements Conference

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Story: Aug 27, 2014

New residence hall welcomes first-year students in comfort, ...

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CIA Exhibition: Nov 07, 2014

Opening Reception Community Works: Artist as Social Agent

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Story: Aug 18, 2014

CIA again named to "Best in the Midwest" list

Admissions . Apply . Submitting Your Portfolio . Building Your Portfolio 

Building Your Portfolio

Your portfolio should include no fewer than 12 and no more than 20 pieces of your original artwork. Please do not send more than 20 pieces. This number will give us enough information to make an accurate assessment of your abilities. We recommend that at least four of those pieces should be drawings from observation. Observational drawings include still life, gesture, or figure drawings, portraits, and landscapes. We encourage you to feature your strongest pieces made in your junior and senior years.

Portfolio pieces can take many forms, including (but not limited to):

  • Drawings
  • Paintings
  • Prints
  • Photographs
  • Sculptures
  • Mixed-media or found-object pieces
  • Computer-generated works
  • Illustrations
  • Animations
  • Clay, metal, or glass objects

Make an effort not to include work copied from photographs or other published works. These generally do not make strong portfolio pieces. If you use source photos, try not to use them as the sole inspiration for your work. 

The order in which you present your work can have a significant effect on your portfolio review, therefore we suggest you end your presentation with your strongest piece. Keep in mind that relationships in color, media, composition, and concept can link one piece to another and help your portfolio flow in a cohesive manner.

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