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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.

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Session 1: July 5 – 17, 2020
Session 2: July 19 – 31, 2020

 

Acceptance

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.

 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.

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.

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.

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Important Dates

  • Priority Deadline: February 15, 2020
  • Priority Deadline Acceptance Notification: February 28, 2020
  • Rolling Application Deadline: April 15, 2020
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Cancellations

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 1, 2020.