Students choose one area of study and earn three college credits for each session they attend.
Students choose one area of study for each session they attend. College credits are awarded based on final course grade, and students can earn three credits per session, which a maximum of six credits. 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 one of the Foundation in Art + Design courses if their portfolio suggests more focus is needed in a traditional studio environment.
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|Session 1: June 19 – July 1, 2022||
Session 2: July 10 – 22, 2022
Students are encouraged to apply by the February 15 priority deadline as space in each class is limited. After the priority deadline, applications will continue to be accepted until April 1 as space permits. Applicants who apply after February 15 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.
Pre-College courses cover all 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 the core courses 2D Design: Color + Form or Foundation in Observational Drawing, if their portfolio suggests more focus is needed in a traditional studio environment to be successful.
Participating students earn three college credits for satisfactorily completing their chosen two-week Pre-College Program. A maximum of 6 college credits can be earned.
Performance level will be assigned by the program instructors and indicated by a letter grade ranging from A to F. This grade will be based on student participation and attendance, and will appear on the student’s transcript for CIA.
CIA is a NASAD accredited school, and the courses in the Summer Pre-College program have been approved by faculty as credit-bearing courses. At CIA these credits would replace an elective course. The application of credit from coursework taken at CIA is based on how the incoming college assesses those credits. CIA can provide some supplemental materials to support the credit-bearing nature of these courses upon request. Cleveland Institute of Art accepts up to six Pre-College credits maximum applied during a student's sophomore or junior years in the undergraduate program. Students should check with their intended school on their credit transfer policies.
Start your application today. Priority/scholarship deadline is February 15, 2022.
February 15, 2022
Priority Application/Scholarship Deadline
April 1, 2022
Applications accepted as space allows
CIA reserves the right to cancel a Pre-College class due to low enrollment or other extenuating circumstances. If you are registered for a class that is canceled, you will be moved into your next-choice per available space. Decisions on class cancellations will be made by May 7, 2021.