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Continuing Education

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.


We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis for courses not filled.

Apply here

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

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

Pre-College Profile: Eddie Mitchell

January 25, 2017

Pre-College Profile: Eddie Mitchell

'It's all about hard work and passion' more

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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Support CIA

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

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2017 Student Summer Show

See the best student artwork in Reinberger Gallery through August 18.

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