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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


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)
  • I-20 visa application (international students only)

Submit online or mail application materials to:

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


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, Jewelry + Metals or Sculpture. 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: Jacob Koestler

April 27, 2016

Pre-College Profile: Jacob Koestler

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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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Support CIA

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

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2D3D Competition

Enter CIA’s national art and design competition for high school students by Feb. 3.

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