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Continuing Education . Pre-College 

Pre-College Program

Jump-start your future with us!

July 9 - August 4, 2017

  • Session 1: July 9 - July 21
  • Session 2: July 23 - August 4
  • 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

The two-week long tuition cost of $2,500 includes college credit, room and board, materials, access to facilities, meals and most activities. The four-week tuition cost of $5,000 will include all of the above for two back-to-back courses. Resident students are required to submite a refundable housing deposit of $150. This covers any damages that may occur to the residence hall as well as issuance of the student's temporary ID key card. All students are required to submit a refundable material and lab deposit of $100 to cover any damaged or lost equipment.

Find more information including schedules, instructor bios and more in our online brochure.


Online Applications will be accepted February 1 - April 14, 2017

Application Checklist:

  • Online Application
  • High School Transcript
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Photo
  • Portfolio (online preferred)
  • Nonrefundable $35 Application Fee
  • 2016 Tax Returns (if seeking tuition assistance)
  • Certification of Funds form (international students only)
  • Medical Authorization Form (international students only)
  • Form I-20 Application (international students only)

*International students: please review the instructions on obtaining your F-1 student visa here.

Submit online or mail application materials to:

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

Students choose which session(s) they'd like to attend, then choose one class within their preferred session(s).

1st Session

July 9-21

2nd Session

July 24 - August 5


Graffiti HeArt will be working with CIA to provide Pre-College scholarships in 2017. These scholarships will be awarded based on a review of portfolios and a determination of both merit and need. With the mission, “To Inspire Health and Art in the Community,” the local nonprofit focuses on promoting graffiti art and artists through community revitalization projects, funding art education and scholarships for underserved youth in our communities. More information on Graffiti HeArt can be found at

Additional scholarships for the 2017 Pre-College Program sponsored by General Motors Foundation encourage students to consider careers in transportation design. Multiple scholarships will be awarded on the basis of need and merit, with special consideration given to women and minorities. All students enrolled in the Industrial Design course (July 9–21) will be considered automatically, but applicants are encouraged to include details about their interest in transportation design in their personal statement.

CIA also offers competitive $1000 merit scholarships awarded to three students applying for admission to either Glassblowing, Print + Ceramics, 3D Processes + Wearable Art, and Installation + Multimedia. This new opportunity is open to all students applying to these four courses, and will be awarded based on a student's portfolio.

A limited number of partial, need-based scholarships are also available. To apply for a scholarship you must submit a 2016 income tax return of the parent(s) or guardian(s) who claim(s) you as a dependent as well as the parent’s (or guardian’s) spouse’s tax return (if applicable). 
Pre-College Profile: Jen Kerbo

January 25, 2017

Pre-College Profile: Jen Kerbo

'I took every science class that I could in high school, even physics' more

Pre-College Application

Pre-College Application

  • Applications can be submitted February 1 - April 15, 2017
  • Applicaitons for scholarship are due April 15, 2017

Explore and Build Your Portfolio

Between each summer Pre-College Program is a full year of continuing education courses that can help you build your portfolio or experiment with new media. Take a look at our Adult + Young Artists catalog.

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