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Academics . Majors 

Majors + Programs of Study

Cleveland Institute of Art offers 15 majors in art, design, craft, and digital media. You enter your major as a sophomore and spend three intense years building skills and mastering techniques. CIA faculty will encourage you to develop a wider perspective by experimenting with media outside your major through interdisciplinary study.

Animation Life Sciences Illustration Ceramics Drawing
Game Design Glass Graphic Design Illustration
Industrial Design Interior Architecture Jewelry + Metals Painting
Photography Printmaking Sculpture + Expanded Media Transportation Design
Video + Digital Cinema      


Watch CIA students at work in the studio

Students begin their career in our Foundation program, designed to introduce students to all of our highly selective majors while building the skills necessary to be successful in any discipline. This ensures that you’re learning the skills that will be most beneficial to your development as an artist and positions you for success when you apply for a major in the spring semester of your first year at CIA.

In your major, you’ll learn from world-class faculty who are leaders in their fields. You’ll gain real-world experience working on real-world projects. You’ll learn to think critically about the work you’re making. And you’ll learn to communicate your ideas so that you can collaborate with others to create work that makes a difference in the world.


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CIA's Portfolio Tips video demonstrates how to photograph your work.

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Animation major spent warm summer with hockey in her sights

August 19, 2020

Animation major spent warm summer with hockey in her sights