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Continuing Education . Pre-College 

Pre-College Program

Pre-College: Artists-in-residence for high school students

During our rigorous summer programming, high school students currently in grades 9 through 11 can spend two or four weeks focusing on what you love: art. With dedicated studios and faculty, CIA's Pre-College program is the perfect way to refine your skills and prepare for your creative future.

Build a portfolio, earn college credit, and start your journey here. CIA's Pre-College program is a great way to start your creative career. 

What is Pre-College?

During Pre-College, creative students will experience life at a college of art and design, while building their portfolio, and learning from top professionals, all while earning college credit. 

Each two-week session is open to high school students going into grades 10 through 12. Classes fill quickly.

Prepare for your creative future.

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.

There's never been a better time to pursue a career in art and design. 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. 

Learn something new, or focus on what you love.

Taught by experts in the field, our courses are designed for students with talent, but not necessarily experience in each discipline, so feel free to explore something new.

You'll take one course per session. Can't decide on one? Stay for both sessions and take two! 

Session 1: June 18 – 30, 2023 Session 2: July 9 – 21, 2023

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A Typical Day

Session 1 Classes

Session 2 Classes

Your Summer Home in Cleveland

Tuition + Scholarships

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COVID Precautions + Vaccination Requirements

Summer 2023 Pre-College participants are required to be fully vaccinated, regardless of age, or receive an approved exemption. Instructions on how to comply with that requirement and expectations surrounding COVID testing will be communicated to participants prior to those sessions starting.

Pre-College courses in design and painting helped him sharpen focus

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Pre-College courses in design and painting helped him sharpen focus

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What will you gain?

A head start on college

Receive three college credits per session (and a grade). 

Techniques and skills

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.

Experience life as an art and design student.

Live on campus, dine together as a community, make new friends, and make lots of art!

Knowledge about professional practices

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.

For more information:

Pre-College Summer Program
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