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Orientation . Fall Orientation 

Fall Orientation

You’ve already taken care of business this summer with StART online—so now it’s time for the fun part! Fall Orientation is a mandatory three-day program that takes place in August before classes begin. Orientation will help you adjust to college life and embark on the road to a profession in art and design. Orientation runs from the morning of Thursday, August 20 through Saturday, August 22 in the evening. All new students to CIA, including transfer students and non-traditional students are encouraged to attend all parts of Orientation.

During orientation, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Connect with student peers, faculty, and staff within the Institute
  • Explore academic and social possibilities that lie ahead
  • Orient yourself with campus surroundings, such as University Circle, Little Italy, and the many museums and cultural activities the area has to offer
  • Get acquainted with the people who run our school, including CIA’s president and dean of students
  • Learn from current faculty members about course expectations and living as a lifetime artist

This year we are inviting parents and families to attend a half day orientation with their students. Parent Orientation will begin on Thursday, August 20 at 9:00am with breakfast with the President’s Cabinet. The parent sessions with conclude with a CIA Resource Fair and lunch with your student. More details regarding the full schedule and information about registration will be available in late July.

Contact Student Life

For more information, contact the Office of Student Life + Housing at 216.421.7429 or by email at

The check in process for Fall new student orientation will begin on Thursday, August 19 at 9:00 am with breakfast. Students who will be commuting to campus may park in the JMC student parking lot located behind the JMC Building (signs will guide you). More details regarding the schedule to come.

Learning Disability Orientation

Learning Support Services Office offers an afternoon orientation program on Wednesday, August 19 to incoming students with documented learning disabilities. These can include, but are not limited to, dyslexia, A.D.H.D., or an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The program is offered in conjunction with the new student orientation program. During our LD Orientation, you and your parents meet the Learning Support Services staff and are provided with an overview of accommodations, information on assistive technologies, time management, as well as, study skills specific to the unique demands of the CIA student experience.

For more information, please contact:

Jill Milenski, Coordinator of Learning Support Services
216.421.7462 or 

Helen Sullivan, Assistant Coordinator of Learning Support Services
216.421.7428 or

To register, please click here!


Important Dates

May 1
- Submit your tuition deposit
- Submit your housing deposit and application

June 1
- Request final transcripts to be sent

August 19
Move in

August 20-22
Attend orientation. August 20th has Parent programs as well!

August 24
School starts

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