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Story: Aug 27, 2014

New residence hall welcomes first-year students in comfort, ...

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CIA Exhibition: Aug 28, 2014

2014 Faculty Exhibition

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Story: Aug 18, 2014

2014 grad to design whimsical playgrounds for Colorado compa...

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Events: Sep 06, 2014

Mizoguchi's Greatest Decade

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Join us tonight for the opening reception of CIA’s 2014 Faculty Exhibition for a look at recent work by CIA's accomplished faculty members. The exhibition, wh...

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Story: Aug 18, 2014

CIA again named to "Best in the Midwest" list

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Events: Sep 27, 2014

Filmmaker and author John Waters to present one-man show

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Story: Aug 13, 2014

Biomedical grad wins award for animation on stuttering

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Events: Nov 15, 2014

Fall 2014 Open House

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Blog: Aug 26, 2014

8/28-31: Finding Vivian Maier, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors & more!

Academics . Curriculum . BFA 

Bachelor of Fine Arts thesis

The Cleveland Institute of Art’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Thesis is required of each senior, and it's a moment that we consider your most important at the college. This experience is your professional launch, helping you to refine your artistic voice and career path before you graduate.

As a BFA candidate you create a body of work, present it to the CIA community, and respond to their critique. You begin the process by choosing your faculty review committee who will guide your through concept development, proposals, and final work. During CIA’s BFA Week, you will create your gallery, display your work, and present a defense of your work and statement to the CIA community and your committee.  

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