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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.


Our 2017 session has ended. Please check back for more info on our 2018 session.

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

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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 Faculty Exhibition

CIA’s Faculty Exhibition is on view in Reinberger Gallery through October 8.

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