Applying to the program is easy via our online portal. You can start your application, save, and return at a later time. Please keep in mind that our Priority application and scholarship deadline is February 15, 2022.
Applications will be reviewed after that time through April 1 as space allows.
Pre-College students should create an account if they do not already have one, select "Start New Application" and then select "2022 Pre-College Application" under the application type.
Students currently in grades 9-11 who are 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:
February 15, 2022
March 1, 2022
April 1, 2022
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 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.
Start your application today. Priority/scholarship deadline is February 15, 2022.
Pre-College Summer Program
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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.