Continuing Education . Pre-College
Each summer CIA offers a two or four-week residency to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school. During Pre-College, creative students will experience life at a college of art and design, create a portfolio, and learn from top professionals, all while earning college credit.
Explore new media, sharpen your skills, build a portfolio, and make plans for next summer now.
Because there's never been a better time to pursue a career in art and design.
Everyone needs creative minds. From the interfaces of the apps we use, to the spaces we live in—creative people are paid to imagine and produce most of the things around us.
CIA's Pre-College program is the perfect way to see if a college of art and design is right for you. Spend each day immersed in our state-of-the-art studios while working alongside students who share your passion.
At the Cleveland Institute of Art, we are dedicated to teaching art and design students in an environment built exclusively for creative thinkers. Taught by experts in the field, our courses are designed for students with talent, but not necessarily experience in each discipline, so feel free explore something new.
You'll take one course per session. Can't decide on one? Stay for both sessions and take two!
|Session 1: July 5 – 17, 2020||
Session 2: July 19 – 31, 2020
Whether you come from California or Cleveland, you'll have the opportunity to experience the amazing cultural hub of University Circle. Chosen by Forbes magazine as "one of the 10 prettiest neighborhoods in the country," CIA is just a moment's walk to museums, dining and shopping.
Residential students will stay in CIA's Uptown Residence Hall, just steps from the studio spaces where you'll spend your day. The residence hall features apartment-style suites with kitchenettes, a shared common space, and two bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. Beyond your suite, you'll enjoy free laundry facilities, workout machines, and decks overlooking University Circle.
Students living in Ohio's Cuyahoga County can choose to commute. We have many full-time commuter students at CIA. Take advantage of gaining the same academic experience as residential Pre-College students, while returning home each evening.
Priority scholarship application deadline is February 15, 2020. Get started here.
Receive three college credits per session (and a grade). Pre-College students are also eligible to earn designated scholarships toward CIA's BFA program.
Work intensively in an area of your choice to refine your skills and try new techniques. Our rigorous curriculum matches that of full-time students, so you know you're getting the most out of your stay.
Live on campus, dine together as a community, make new friends, and make lots of art!
It's not too early to start preparing now for your future as an artist or designer. All Pre-College students complete the program with finished pieces to contribute to your portfolio, making you a more competitive college applicant.
Continuing Education + Community Outreach Coordinator
216.421.7460 | Contact
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Assistant Director, Continuing Education + Community Outreach
216.421.7461 | Contact
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Director of Continuing Education + Community Outreach
216.421.7493 | Contact