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Continuing Education

Continuing Education . Pre-College . Courses 

Pre-College Courses

Students choose one area of study and earn three college credits for each session they attend.

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. 

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.

Click on a course title to view a full description, example projects and an instructor bio.


Session 1: July 7–July 19

Session 2: July 21–August 2


Completed applications are reviewed after the May 1 deadline, and students will be notified of admission decisions by May 13 through email. If accepted, students will receive an emailed confirmation packet to complete. The confirmation packet will contain important forms that must be reviewed and returned to us, along with a tuition payment and housing deposit by June 14, 2019

College Credit

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.

Studio time will include mandatory life drawing classes. Parents should be aware that nude models will be utilized for life drawing classes; a permission slip will be included in the packet of materials sent upon acceptance.

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.


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 June 17, 2019.

Combining his love for glass, wood, and making

April 23, 2019

Combining his love for glass, wood, and making

Mark Rubelowsky is about five years older than the average college senior, but he's been learning with and from fellow students who came to the Cleveland Institute of Art right after high school. more

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