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Cleveland Institute of Art: Pre-College 2017

Cleveland Institute of Art: Pre-College 2017

Sharpen your artistic skills. Experiment with new media. Build your portfolio. And focus on your art during CIA’s Pre-College Program. The first session of classes run July 9-21, and the second session runs July 23-August 4.

Our Campus

CIA: City + Campus

CIA: City + Campus

Our campus is located in Cleveland's University Circle neighborhood, a park-like setting that's home to more than 20 cultural, healthcare, and educational institutions.

CIA Uptown Residence Hall

CIA Uptown Residence Hall

Approximately 130 first-year students live in CIA's new Uptown Residence Hall located on Euclid Avenue in the heart of the Uptown development in University Circle.

Kickin' it with Kenny

Kickin' it with Kenny

Kenny Crumpton of “Kickin’ it with Kenny” on Fox 8 News broadcasted live from CIA on February 24, 2016 for a tour of our new campus.

CIA Career Center

CIA Career Center

Cleveland Institute of Art's Career Center helps students prepare for careers, especially by helping them secure challenging and fulfilling internships.

Creativity Works 2016

Cleveland Institute of Art: Creativity Works 2016

Cleveland Institute of Art: Creativity Works 2016

Creativity Works is a unique internship program for juniors majoring in the Visual Art and Craft areas. The goal of the program is to provide a critical piece of professional development, as many of these emerging artists’ futures may be characterized by self-employment.

Our Majors

Animation

Animation

As a student in the Cleveland Institute of Art's Animation program, you will work with innovative production tec...

Biomedical Art

Biomedical Art

The Biomedical Art program at the Cleveland Institute of Art is one of only a few BFA degrees of its kind in the...

Ceramics

Ceramics

The Cleveland Institute of Art's Ceramics program builds on the age-old medium of ceramic art by teaching both t...

Drawing

Drawing

As a Drawing major at the Cleveland Institute of Art you will explore traditional and unconventional materials, ...

Game Design

Game Design

In CIA’s Game Design major, you’ll develop incredible game experiences and build the foundation for a career in ...

Glass

Glass

As a student in the Cleveland Institute of Art's Glass program, your training will center around three processes...

Illustration

Illustration

As an Illustration major at the Cleveland Institute of Art, you will learn how to creatively translate conceptua...

Industrial Design

Industrial Design

The Industrial Design program at the Cleveland Institute of Art consistently ranks as one of the top programs in...

Interior Architecture

Interior Architecture

Cleveland Institute of Art's Interior Architecture program emphasizes commercial retail, architectural, function...

Graphic Design

Graphic Design

As a Graphic Design major at the Cleveland Institute of Art, you will explore both innovative and traditional me...

Jewelry + Metals

Jewelry + Metals

As a Jewelry + Metals student at the Cleveland Institute of Art, you will develop a thorough understanding of yo...

Painting

Painting

At the Cleveland Institute of Art, our Department of Painting has a long and illustrious history of producing su...

Photography + Video

Photography + Video

In CIA’s Photography major, coursework will expose you to rich and varied techniques and aesthetics essential to...

Printmaking

Printmaking

As a Printmaking major at the Cleveland Institute of Art, you will develop a comprehensive approach to understan...

Sculpture + Expanded Media

Sculpture + Expanded Media

In the Sculpture major, you’ll hone a set of construction skills, working with wood, fabricating with textiles a...

Foundation

Foundation

At the Cleveland Institute of Art, all first-year students begin with our Foundation program, a yearlong introdu...

Portfolio Success Stories

Rob Benigno '14

Rob Benigno '14

Submitting your portfolio of work might sound intimidating, but don't let that prevent you from applying to art ...

Annelise Brennan '15

Annelise Brennan '15

Submitting your portfolio of work might sound intimidating, but don't let that prevent you from applying to art ...

Ryan Samples '14

Ryan Samples '14

Submitting your portfolio of work might sound intimidating, but don't let that prevent you from applying to art ...

Commencement

CIA commencement address: Willem Dafoe

CIA commencement address: Willem Dafoe

Actor Willem Dafoe gave CIA’s Commencement address on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the Cleveland Museum of Art. His mantra to students: "The work itself is what will sustain you."

Our Alumni

Alumni Profile - Kevin Snipes

Alumni Profile - Kevin Snipes

Kevin Snipes '94 is a full-time ceramic artist working in Cleveland. He shows his work in solo gallery exhibitio...

Alumni Profile - Trisha Barkman

Alumni Profile - Trisha Barkman

Trisha Barkman graduated from Cleveland Institute of Art in 2006, and is currently producing documentary films a...

Alumni Profile - Chris + Shelley Harvan

Alumni Profile - Chris + Shelley Harvan

Chris and Shelley (Slick) Harvan graduated from CIA in 1997 and currently are co-owners, designers and sculptors...

Alumni Profile - Sreshta Rit Premnath

Alumni Profile - Sreshta Rit Premnath

Sreshta Rit Premnath graduated from CIA in 2003 and is now an installation artist and assistant professor at Par...

Alumni Profile - Kurt Koeple

Alumni Profile - Kurt Koeple

Kurt Koeple '92 found a way to combine all of his interests – design, writing and new media – into one ever-tran...

Alumni Profile - Heather Moore

Alumni Profile - Heather Moore

Heather Moore ’93 founded a Cleveland-based jewelry company, Heather Moore Jewelry, that has national following,...

Alumni Profile - Michelle Murphy

Alumni Profile - Michelle Murphy

Michelle Murphy ’04 works as a photographer at Cleveland’s NASA Glenn Research Center, a job she has had since g...

Alumni Profile - George Kozmon

Alumni Profile - George Kozmon

George Kozmon ’82, the internationally collected artist who created a brilliant alpine landscape on an 80-foot-l...

Alumni Profile - René  Polin

Alumni Profile - René Polin

As founder and president of a multi-disciplinary design firm, René’s portfolio includes hundreds of successful p...

Alumni Profile - Paul Timman

Alumni Profile - Paul Timman

As one of the leading tattoo artists in the country, Paul Timman has tattooed many celebrities including Angelin...

Alumni Profile - Lisa Pascolini DeRousse

Alumni Profile - Lisa Pascolini DeRousse

Lisa Pascolini DeRousse scours the international design market to find antique and contemporary designs that she...

Alumni Profile - Nate Cotterman

Alumni Profile - Nate Cotterman

Working in a professional glass studio in Los Angeles, Nate Cotterman is learning the ropes of running a glass b...

Alumni Profile - John Chuldenko

Alumni Profile - John Chuldenko

John Chuldenko just released his first feature film, Nesting, which he wrote and directed. As a student at CIA h...

Alumni Profile - Wesley Burt

Alumni Profile - Wesley Burt

Wesley Burt turned his passion for drawing into an amazing career. As a concept artist at Massive Black, Wesley ...

Alumni Profile - Antonia Campanella

Alumni Profile - Antonia Campanella

A CIA elective class in ceramics sparked Antonia Campanella’s dream of working in a storefront studio. Her CIA e...

Alumni Profile - Patty Hume

Alumni Profile - Patty Hume

Patty Hume creates multi-million dollar water features around the world and works on a scale she never thought p...

Alumni Profile - Carlita Alexander

Alumni Profile - Carlita Alexander

Carlita Alexander has her 'dream job' as a senior designer at Rockwell Group in New York City, which she landed ...

Alumni Profile - Valerie Mayen

Alumni Profile - Valerie Mayen

Valerie Mayen graduated from CIA in 2005 in Illustration and Graphic Design. Today she operates Yellow Cake, her...

Alumni Profile - Thu Tran

Alumni Profile - Thu Tran

Thu Tran, a 2005 graduate of the Institute, along with a group of fellow CIA alums, created the Independent Film...

Alumni Profile - Steven Tatar

Alumni Profile - Steven Tatar

After a successful career as an artist and a creative director at American Greetings, Steven Tatar ’85 has resur...

Alumni Profile - Mark Reigelman

Alumni Profile - Mark Reigelman

Join New York-based artist Mark Reigelman ’06 in his Brooklyn studio as he describes his already prolific, self-...

Alumni Profile - Jennifer Trausch

Alumni Profile - Jennifer Trausch

Jennifer Trausch, a 2000 Cleveland Institute of Art graduate, is the Director of Photography at the 20X24 Studio...

Alumni Profile - Scott Colosimo

Alumni Profile - Scott Colosimo

Less than 10 years after graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Scott Colosimo’s design and manufacturi...

Alumni Profile - Alex Pakis

Alumni Profile - Alex Pakis

Alex Pakis is the designer and owner of Greenpoint Craftworks, a custom jewelry and bike boutique in Brooklyn, N...

Alumni Profile - Doan Buu

Alumni Profile - Doan Buu

Doan Buu ’04 graduated from CIA in TIME–Digital Arts and currently works for the Food Network's Rachael Ray tele...

Alumni Profile - Ben Grasso

Alumni Profile - Ben Grasso

Ben Grasso '03 is leading a creative life as an artist. Based in New York City, Ben has exhibited his paintings ...

Transportation Design at CIA

2013 Cleveland Auto Show

2013 Cleveland Auto Show

CIA alums Ryan Nagode ’03 and Scott Krugger ’01 on the 2013 Viper that they led design on at the 2013 Cleveland Auto Show.

Alumni at GM

Alumni at GM

Kirk Bennion ’84, Jonathan Janke ’11, Aaron Riggs ’12 and Brian Stoeckel ’09 talk about their automotive design careers.

Alumni at Chrysler

Alumni at Chrysler

Joe Dehner ’88, Dan Zimmermann ’96, Nico Vardis ’99, Bill Zheng ’00 and Irina Zavatski ’01 talk about automotive design careers.

Alumni at Ford

Alumni at Ford

Eric Stoddard ’98 and Chris Mikalauskas ’13 talk about their automotive design careers.

The Masters Series

The Masters Series - William Harper

The Masters Series - William Harper

William Harper ’67, a New York artist whose works in metals and enamels are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, t...

The Masters Series - Franny Taft

The Masters Series - Franny Taft

Cleveland Institute of Art congratulates Professor Emerita Franny Taft, who was the special honoree at the 2013 ...

The Masters Series - Ed Mieczkowski

The Masters Series - Ed Mieczkowski

Ed Mieczkowski, a 1957 CIA graduate and faculty member for nearly 40 years, has long been considered a founding...

The Masters Series - Julian Stanczak

The Masters Series - Julian Stanczak

Julian Stanczak, a 1954 CIA graduate and 30-year-plus CIA faculty member, is a true master colorist who produced...

The Masters Series - John Paul Miller

The Masters Series - John Paul Miller

John Paul Miller, a 1940 Cleveland Institute of Art graduate and longtime faculty member, works in his studio an...

Visiting Artists

Visiting Artist - Stephen Vetter

Visiting Artist - Stephen Vetter

International development expert and Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Stephen Vetter spent a week at CIA from Octo...

Visiting Artist - Brett Douville

Visiting Artist - Brett Douville

Visiting artist Brett Douville is a 16-year veteran of the game design industry, having served as a programmer, ...

Visiting Artist - Cathie Bleck

Visiting Artist - Cathie Bleck

Visiting artist Cathie Bleck talks about her experience working as an artist-in-residence in the Printmaking Dep...

Visiting Artist - Marc Petrovic

Visiting Artist - Marc Petrovic

Internationally recognized glass artist Marc Petrovic '91 is an assistant professor and chair of the Cleveland I...

Visiting Artist - Beat Zoderer

Visiting Artist - Beat Zoderer

Swiss-born artist Beat Zoderer made his United States solo show debut in CIA's Reinberger Galleries in 2013. In ...

Visiting Artist- Molly Hatch

Visiting Artist- Molly Hatch

Molly Hatch is a ceramist and designer whose Signature Collection appears in Anthropologie stores nationwide. w...

Visiting Artist - Nick Cave

Visiting Artist - Nick Cave

Nick Cave is an international sound costume designer.

Kate Gilmore at MOCA

Kate Gilmore at MOCA

Five CIA students collaborated with performance artist Kate Gilmore at MOCA Cleveland in April 2013.

Dave Cole: Music Box

Dave Cole: Music Box

In a work commissioned by CIA, Artist Dave Cole builds a one-ton working Music Box from a 13-ton smooth drum soi...

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Pre-College Program

Focus on your art at CIA's Pre-College Program this summer.

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Cores + Connections

Creating. Connecting. Building better futures.