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Story: Sep 26, 2014

CIA's Community Works series focuses on socially engaged art...

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CIA Exhibition: Aug 28, 2014

2014 Faculty Exhibition

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Story: Sep 22, 2014

Television and film writer teaching narrative writing at CIA

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Events: Sep 06, 2014

Mizoguchi's Greatest Decade

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Social: about 21 hours ago via Facebook

Rachel Lamping '14 won first place and the audience favorite award at the California International Animation Festival 2014 for her 2D animation, "Different Not ...

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Story: Sep 16, 2014

CIA Professor Tina Cassara inspires Sculpture Center exhibit...

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Events: Oct 03, 2014

Lunch On Fridays: Haishan Deng

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Story: Aug 27, 2014

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

View details CIA Portfolio Day

Events: Oct 11, 2014

CIA Portfolio Day

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Blog: Sep 24, 2014

9/25-28: John Waters in person, Sansho the Bailiff, three by Joanna Hogg

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Story: Aug 18, 2014

CIA again named to "Best in the Midwest" list

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Events: Oct 18, 2014 @ William Busta Gallery in Cleveland, OH

A Creative Life featuring Paul Yanko

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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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

Learn more about CIA's proven method for academic and professional excellence.