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Application Checklist

At this time, we plan to run the Pre-College program in 2021 with the health and safety measures that CIA put in place to reopen in August. The current measures include mandatory face masks inside the building; modified facilities and studio spaces to address social distancing; increased building sanitization and safety mechanisms; reduced classroom and lab capacities; and health monitoring including daily temperature checks and COVID-19 pre-screening assessments. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 and move forward with the program only if it is safe to do so. In the event that we need to cancel the program, students will receive a full refund.

Our 2021 program application is now closed. 

Pre-College students should create an account if they do not already have one, select "Start New Application" and then select "2021 Pre-College Application" under the application type. 

Students in grades 9-11 who are interested in attending Pre-College can submit all materials through the online application. Required materials include:

  • Online application
  • Portfolio (8-10 pieces)
  • Nonrefundable $35 application fee
  • Letter of recommendation from an art teacher or counselor

Your application will include a portfolio of 8-10 images of your best work, including observational drawing. Work does not need to relate to the class you’re applying for—we will look at your portfolio as a whole to assess your technical abilities, conceptual problem-solving skills, and use of chosen mediums.

International Students

Once we receive your online application form, paperwork will be sent to help you complete the following required materials for international students only:

Acceptance to the Program

  • Priority Deadline: February 15, 2021
  • Priority Deadline Acceptance Notification: March 1, 2021
  • Rolling Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

Note: Our scholarship and priority deadline have passed. We will continue to review applciations and accept students into classes on a rolling basis. 

Students are encouraged to apply by the priority deadline as space in each class is limited. After the priority deadline, applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis as space permits. Applicants who apply during the rolling application period will be notified of acceptance and class placement within two weeks of submitting their application. Students will be placed in a course based on their specified preferences, space availability, and strength of their portfolio.

Students must apply by the priority deadline to be considered for scholarships.

Pre-College courses cover all 15 of CIA’s majors, and course selection is an important part of the application, where you will select your top three choices. Complete applications will be reviewed, and accepted students will be placed into a course based on the strength of their portfolio and previous studio experience, with consideration from their personal statements and letters of recommendation. In some cases, a student may also be placed into a Foundation in Art + Design course, if their portfolio suggests more focus is needed in a traditional studio environment.

For more information:

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Explore and Build Your Portfolio

Between each summer Pre-College Program is a full year of continuing education courses that can help you build your portfolio or experiment with new media. Take a look at our Adult + Young Artists catalog.

Are you a current senior?

Take a look at the wide variety of classes available through the Continuing Education department at CIA. 

Or, explore what the undergraduate program at CIA has to offer. Our Admissions department is happy to provide information on the application process, majors, and portfolio requirements.