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Continuing Education

Continuing Education . Pre-College 

Pre-College Program

Jump-start your future with us!

July 10-August 5, 2016

  • Session 1: July 10-July 22
  • Session 2: July 24-August 5
  • 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


Accepting applications through June 1, 2016
Applications for students seeking tuition assistance are due May 5, 2016. 

Application Checklist:

  • Application (online preferred)
  • High School Transcript
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Photo
  • Portfolio (online preferred)
  • Nonrefundable $35 Application Fee
  • 2015 Tax Returns (if seeking tuition assistance)

Mail application materials to:

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


We will now be offering competitive $1000 merit scholarships awarded to three students applying for admission to either Glassblowing, Image + Form, 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.

Graffiti HeArt will also be working with CIA to provide Pre-College scholarships in 2016. 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

2016 Pre-College Program

Session 1

Foundation in Art + Design
Game Design
Industrial Design
Jewelry + Metals
Photo + Video

Session 2

Architectural Drawing
Biomedical Art
Digital Painting
Graphic Design
Image + Form

For more detailed information, view the 2016 Pre-College Brochure.

Still have questions? Contact the Office of Continuing Education at 216.421.7460 or

Pre-College profile: Jody Amsden

May 23, 2016

Pre-College profile: Jody Amsden

CIA interior architecture grad wants the room to feel right more

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Pre-College Application

Pre-College Application

  • Completed applications for tuition assistance due May 5
  • Applications due June 1

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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