We have made the difficult decision to cancel Pre-College this summer due to the continued impact of COVID-19. We greatly enjoyed reviewing all of the applications and portfolios we received, and we were excited at the prospect of meeting you this summer. We will roll over Pre-College acceptance and class placement for rising sophomores and juniors who are able to join us in 2021. We are working on a range of summer plans to keep you and your Pre-College cohort engaged in making art and connecting with CIA and each other; we especially encourage our rising seniors to engage in these online offerings as they become available. Please watch your emails in the coming weeks for more information on these plans. I know that all of us here at CIA – CIA faculty, Admissions, Career Services, and Alumni – look forward to connecting with you more this summer and answering any questions you might have about beginning your future at CIA.
Students interested in attending Pre-College can submit all materials through the online application. Required materials include:
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.
Once we receive your online application form, paperwork will be sent to help you complete the following required materials for international students only:
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.