Students interested in attending Pre-College should submit the online application form by the deadline of May 1, 2019. 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.
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 first, second, and third choice. 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.
If applying for scholarships, students should also plan to submit:
Once we receive your online application form, paperwork will be sent to help you complete the following required materials for international students only:
Note: Application items will not be returned.