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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have any special programs for international students?

As an international student, we also recognize your concerns about adjusting to cultural, social, and environmental changes. Our Office of Academic Services and International Programs staff will help you adapt to life at CIA and serve as a resource for helpful information.

Is there a formula for putting together an admissions portfolio?

For more information on portfolio requirements and tips, go to Submitting Your Portfolio.

If you would like assistance reviewing final choices for your portfolio, please contact one of our Admissions counselors, attend an upcoming Portfolio Day event, or schedule a campus visit.

What deadlines should I be aware of?

December 1 is our application priority deadline. Subsequent deadlines can be located on our dates + deadlines page.

What are the general requirements for admission?

Take a look at our Apply page. For further information, call 216.421.7418.

Will I be required to live on campus?

First- and second-year students live on campus in CIA-owned housing. Living on campus for the first two years eases the transition for many who are moving away from home and teaches the necessary ski... more

First- and second-year students live on campus in CIA-owned housing. Living on campus for the first two years eases the transition for many who are moving away from home and teaches the necessary skills of living independently. And it allows students more time to focus on classes and art making.

Students living in Ohio's Cuyahoga county may apply for an exemption, as a commuter student, but are encouraged to live on campus, to more fully take advantage of campus resources. less

What are CIA's laptop requirements for incoming students?

CIA students should start their first-year Foundation with a laptop. Foundation year needs primarily focus on using the Adobe Suite of software programs.

Students in their major have more specific laptop needs, based on the computing needs of their major.

A list of recommended more

CIA students should start their first-year Foundation with a laptop. Foundation year needs primarily focus on using the Adobe Suite of software programs.

Students in their major have more specific laptop needs, based on the computing needs of their major.

A list of recommended hardware requirements is available online and is updated each spring, as majors re-evaluate software and hardware needs. less

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