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Continuing Education . Pre-College . A Typical Day 


A Typical Day

Experience life as an art and design student

Whether you come from California or Cleveland, you'll have the opportunity to live and work with other students who are passionate about art on our beautiful campus.

During your two or four weeks at CIA, you'll 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. Here’s what a typical day would look like for a Pre-College student:


8am: Breakfast
9am: Studio Class (Commuters arrive)
12pm: Lunch
1pm: Studio Class
4pm: Personal Time
5pm: Dinner
6pm: Evening Studio (Commuters depart at 9pm)
10pm: Rest and Repeat!

NOTE: All studio time is mandatory

On weekends there will be personal time in the mornings and required afternoon and evening studio time, as well as scheduled activities and presentations.

Commuter students follow the same schedule as residential students, with the exception that they will leave campus to go home after evening studio ends. Meals are provided for commuters, and they are encouraged to attend scheduled activities and presentations.

Uptown Residence Hall

Just steps from our studios, the residence hall features apartment-style suites with kitchenettes and two bedrooms, each with its own private bath. Students are paired two per bedroom, so we include a roommate matching form with your acceptance packet to make sure you and your roommate share common interests, hobbies, and living preferences.

Beyond your suite, you'll enjoy an onsite print center, free laundry facilities, workout machines and decks overlooking University Circle and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Can you commute? Yes!

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.

Commuter students will need to arrive on time for their 9am class. Parking is provided. For the rest of the day, all students will follow the same schedule; dining together for lunch followed by afternoon class, dinner, and studio time from 6 to 9pm. At 9pm, commuter students will return home for the evening. Rest + repeat!

Questions about housing or commuting? Contact our office at 216.421.7460 or

General Schedule

8-9am: Breakfast
9am: Studio Class
12pm: Lunch
1pm: Studio Class
4pm: Personal Time
5pm: Dinner
6-9pm: Evening Studio
10pm: Rest + Repeat!

NOTE* All studio time is mandatory

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