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Academics . Engaged Practice 

Engaged Practice

What sets the Cleveland Institute of Art apart from other colleges of art and design?
In a nutshell, our commitment to real-world experience makes all the difference.

CIA believes in the value of direct experience. Our Engaged Practice commitment ensures that every student who graduates leaves with a portfolio of experience gained through working on real projects with external partners or clients.

This lets you put your classroom and studio knowledge to work in a professional setting while being guided by faculty. You'll learn what it takes to meet client expectations, and you will emerge with confidence that will serve you as you launch your career.

CIA believes this is so critical to your success that we built Engaged Practice into the curriculum. Students earn these experiential learning credits through internships or by taking one or more of the 40 dedicated courses across our majors.