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Student Life . Life at CIA . Student Activities 

Student Activities

You are much more than an artist or designer. Maybe you’re a musician too, or an athlete, or a political advocate. So as your classes help transform you into the artist you want to become, you may also need a community that supports your growth as a person. 

Through CIA student activities, you can spend time developing interests you share with fellow students. Below is a list of current activities. You can also start a group. Download the PDF on starting a student group here.

Student Clubs


Artists For Christ is a non-denominational student group that promotes the spiritual life of CIA students by providing opportunities for spiritual growth.

CIA Activities Board (CAB) 

This club works with Student Life & Housing/Student Affairs to sponsor the Halloween Party, Cedar Point trip, laser tag, and Pink Pig. CAB does fun stuff! Throughout the school year, they have a bunch of activities for students to enjoy like a psychic reading with Lisa Simon, Donut Appreciation Day, and Late Night Breakfast just to name a few. 

Community Outreach Team (COT) 

The Community Outreach Team and the office of Student Life & Housing/Student Affairs provides several opportunities for CIA students to serve their local community and the greater Cleveland region. Past activities include MS Fest, Greater Cleveland AIDS Walk, and making dinner for the residents at Hope Lodge. This past year, COT traveled to New Orleans, making its 11th year of working with Hurricane Katrina relief programs. This year, the club will begin working with Habitat for Humanity and will continue to volunteer with new organizations in the years to come. 

Printmaking Club

The Printmaking Club at the Cleveland Institute of Art was established in the spring of 2013. The club meets biweekly for printmaking demonstrations. Members have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of printmaking techniques and become part of CIA's printmaking community. Lectures, field trips, fundraisers, and a portfolio exchange are also part of the club. Come check it out!

Digital Media Club (DMC) 

Digital Media Club is a hub to socialize, promote, and learn about computer and electronic based artwork. Club meetings feature a variety of guest artists, student lead lectures and activities that exercise skill in digital media while providing social, recreational, and professional opportunities to members. DMC aims to not only supplement what is taught at the college through general coursework, but to bolster and enhance the abilities of its members through topics not covered by a standard curriculum. 

Video Game Club 

This group is all about video games and discussing what is good about some games and how other games can be improved. If you love video games, this is the club for you. 

Student Independent Exhibition (SIE) 

The annual Student Independent Exhibition is one of the major shows featured in the College's Reinberger Gallery each year. The exhibition is sponsored by the Student Leadership Council and offers students the opportunity to introduce their work to the public. Show rules, jury selection, publicity, catalogs, exhibit design and installation and the opening reception are organized and coordinated by students. Students in all majors are encouraged to submit work for jury consideration. 

Student Leadership Council 

Student Leadership Council is the student governing organization composed of class representatives from first through fourth year. The council plans and coordinates annual events, and officially presents the views of the student body to faculty and administration. Student Leadership Council also sponsors student organizations, the Halloween Party, Pink Pig, and the annual Student Independent Exhibition. Other sponsored activities include Free Sandwich day brought to students by AFC, Alternative Spring Break (COT), and many more. All students are urged to serve as representatives or attend open meetings. 

For more information:

Dr. Matthew Smith
Director of Student Life + Housing
216.421.7495 | Contact

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Rebecca Ratti
Associate Director of Student Life
216.421.7430 | Contact