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The Cleveland Institute of Art is one of the nation's leading accredited independent colleges of art and design. Since 1882, the college has been an educational cornerstone in Cleveland, Ohio, producing graduates competitive as studio artists, designers, photographers, contemporary craftsmen, and educators.

On April 17, 2020 the Cleveland Institute of Art signed and returned the Certification and Agreement for the CARES Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). CIA received $801,788, of which $400,894 was designated for emergency grants to our students. CIA has used no less than 50 percent of the funds received to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

With approximately 600 students, CIA offers a personal educational experience with the benefits of a larger institution. Students choose from 13 majors and live and work in Cleveland’s University Circle, one of the country’s most unique cultural centers – recently named by Forbes Magazine as one of the ten prettiest communities in the country.  

CIA's George Gund Building.

CIA’s Mission, Vision and Values


To cultivate creative leaders who inspire people, strengthen communities, and contribute to a thriving and sustainable economy through an innovative education in art and design.


The global community is engaged and enriched by art and design.


We believe in proactively removing barriers to provide students, employees, and the public a welcoming and life enriching experience with our world-class art and design college.

We believe in building the confidence and elevating the creative processes of our students as they explore the relationship of art and design to our culture, economy, society, and experience the world.

We believe all students deserve a premier education where they learn to appreciate and evaluate the world and apply a range of material and digital practices in a confident, accomplished, and sophisticated way.

We believe our academic and campus environment—from our classrooms and studios, to our residence halls and institutional policies and procedures, to our galleries and public spaces—must reflect our society and encourage just, equitable, and expansive access and opportunity for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors.

We believe in helping our students find themselves through art, design, and liberal arts education, planning their own professional paths to transform the world that draw on their creative, critical thinking, communication, and resiliency skills.

We believe in providing our students, faculty, and staff with the resources they need for professional development by supporting established and unconventional approaches to teaching, learning, and entrepreneurship.

We believe our students must learn to be civically and socially aware, entering the world equipped to engage in a multicultural society and committed to contribute to the public good.

We believe in building a strong organization for the future that is structurally and financially secure and consistently adaptable, while remaining true to its vision and mission.

We believe in fostering a collaborative community built on open communication, honesty, and trust.

We believe in supporting the educational, mental, emotional, and physical health of our students, faculty, and staff, for lifelong success in their professional and personal endeavors.

Vision/mission/values approved March 10, 2020
Action plan approved June 2, 2020

For more information:

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216.421.7410 | Contact

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