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Continuing Education

Continuing Education . Pre-College 

Pre-College Program

Jump start your future with us!

Attend one or both sessions

Session 1: July 8-July 20, 2018
Session 2: July 22-August 3, 2018

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
  • Explore new media, while building your portfolio
  • Study with professional artists and designers
  • Learn about careers in art and design
  • Meet with a CIA admissions counselor

Ready to apply?

Applications are accepted through May 1, 2018. Here’s a look at what you’ll need:

  • Online application form
  • High school transcript OR letter of recommendation (from an art teacher or counselor)
  • Portfolio (8-10 pieces of your best work)
  • Nonrefundable $35 application fee

International students will need to submit additional materials, including:

  • Certification of Funds Form
  • Medical Authorization Form
  • Form I-20 Visa Application (instructions here)


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

Session 1: July 8 – July 20

Session 2: July 22 – August 3



A limited number of partial ($250-$1,000) scholarships are offered through the Continuing Education department. CIA partners with Graffiti HeART to provide additional scholarships. Award offers are based on financial need and portfolio strength. Check here for more information on financial assistance.

Questions? Contact our office at or 216.421.7460.

For more information:

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CIA’s Pre-College program is supported in part through the generosity of General Motors.

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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Show the world creativity matters: make a gift to the annual fund.

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