If you have earned credit or a degree from any other accredited two- or four-year college, university, or post-secondary professional school, we encourage you to apply to the Cleveland Institute of Art as a transfer student.
Transferring to a new college can be overwhelming and intimidating. But at CIA, we do our best to personally ease you through the process. Take a moment to review this page for information on our application and credit transfer processes and financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
Transfer candidates are accepted at CIA based on artistic and academic qualifications as well as available space. To be considered for admission, please follow the application procedures and criteria below.
Any printed application materials should be sent to:
Office of Admissions
Cleveland Institute of Art
11610 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Once we have received official transcripts from any colleges you've attended, we will review your transcripts to determine which courses will transfer into CIA's program.
Transfer credit is divided into two categories:
CIA partners with educational institutions regionally and internationally. Specific agreements with institutions are available here.
Central Academy of Fine Art
CIA partners in an articulation agreement with the Central Academy of Fine Art (CAFA), located in Beijing, China.
In this relationship, some graduates of the CAFA International Foundation Course (IFC) matriculate into the BFA program at CIA. All CAFA candidates submit a portfolio for review as well as transcripts from the IFC as part of their application to CIA.
Cuyahoga Community College
CIA partners in an articulation agreement with Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). Through this new partnership, Tri-C students who complete a specified curriculum and are admitted to CIA will transfer with 30 semester units of transferable credit. Students would enter CIA as sophomores and directly begin their degree program in one of CIA’s 13 majors in visual arts, craft, integrated media, and design.
More information is available here.
Associate Director, Admissions
216.421.7491 | Contact
We strongly encourage you to meet the following deadlines to ensure admission to CIA and eligibility for the highest amounts of portfolio scholarships and institutional financial aid. However, you may submit an application for admission any time before the first day of classes on a “rolling basis” and will be considered as long as space is available. Please note that only transfer students who qualify for advanced standing with at least 9 college studio credits are eligible for spring admission.
Fall semester transfer (Priority Decision): April 1
Fall semester transfer (Regular Decision): June 1
Spring semester transfer: December 1