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Story: Dec 17, 2014

Students animate, illustrate holiday greetings on behalf of ...

View details Fall 2014 Exhibitions

CIA Exhibition: Nov 07, 2014

Fall 2014 Exhibitions

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Story: Nov 15, 2014

Students capture two of the top prizes in museum's surreal d...

View details 35th Annual Scholastic Art & Writing Exhibition

CIA Exhibition: Jan 14, 2015

35th Annual Scholastic Art & Writing Exhibition

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Warm wishes to you this holiday season from the Cleveland Institute of Art! Artwork created by Animation majors Brienne Broyles 16 and Maria Ursetti 16. Rea...

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Story: Nov 04, 2014

New CIA building taking shape; set for December completion

View details 69th Annual Student Independent Exhibition

CIA Exhibition: Feb 13, 2015

69th Annual Student Independent Exhibition

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Story: Nov 03, 2014

New Uptown Residence Hall featured in CIA video

View details Spring 2015 Open House

Events: Mar 21, 2015

Spring 2015 Open House

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Story: Aug 18, 2014

CIA again named to "Best in the Midwest" list

Academics . Curriculum 

Curriculum

The Cleveland Institute of Art’s curriculum is based on a depth of learning in each major combined with a breadth of knowledge in as many areas as we offer. Faculty provide one-on-one instruction and bring their professional partnerships and connections into the classroom. Learn more about our academic philosophy, Cores + Connections

Four Years of Art and Design

All first-year Cleveland Institute of Art students begin with the Foundation curriculum, a yearlong intensive exploration of color, form, design, and creative problem solving. Liberal Arts classes weave throughout all four-years, providing essential communications skills and a solid grounding in art history. In the sophomore students begin taking classes in their major. 

CIA’s senior experience, the BFA Exhibition, is unlike any other art and design school capstone. Students present a body of work and are critiqued as a professional—with the focus on helping refine an artistic path before they graduate.

In addition CIA offers students study abroad opportunities and real-world experience with professionals in the art and design industry.

Academics at CIA

Cores + Connections
Foundation Curriculum
Liberal Arts
Course Catalog
BFA Exhibition
Study Abroad
Visiting Artists

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Community Works

Visiting artists, exhibitions, conference and symposia exploring socially engaged art.

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Uptown Residence Hall

Check out the new student digs.

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Cores + Connections

Creating. Connecting. Building better futures.