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Continuing Education

Continuing Education . Pre-College 

Pre-College Program

Jump-start your future with us!

July 10-August 5, 2016

  • Session 1: July 10-July 22
  • Session 2: July 24-August 5
  • Stay for one or both sessions

Sharpen your artistic skills. Experiment with new media. Build your portfolio. And focus on your art at Cleveland Institute of Art's Pre-College Program. During this two or four-week residential program, you'll use the tools and processes available only to our students and experience the life of an art student at a premier college of art and design. 

Alongside other students entering grades 10–12, you will: 

  • Earn college credits
  • Experience college life
  • Study with professional artists and designers
  • Learn about careers in art and design
  • Meet with a CIA admissions counselor
  • Build your portfolio


Accepting applications March 1 - June 1, 2016.
Applications for students seeking tuition assistance are due May 5, 2016. 

Application Checklist
• Application (online preferred)
• High School Transcript
• Letter of Recommendation
• Personal Statement
• Photo
• Portfolio (online preferred)
• Nonrefundable $35 Application Fee
• 2015 Tax Returns (if seeking tuition assistance)

Mail application materials to:

Pre-College Program
Cleveland Institute of Art
11610 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106


2016 Pre-College Program

Session 1

Foundation in Art + Design
Game Design
Industrial Design
Jewelry + Metals
Photo + Video

Session 2

Architectural Drawing
Biomedical Art
Digital Painting
Graphic Design
Image + Form

For more detailed information, view the 2016 Pre-College Brochure.

Still have questions? Contact the Office of Continuing Education by phone at 216.421.7460 or by email at

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