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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 05, 2014

Lunch On Fridays: Kasumi

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We love to hear the excited reactions from our incoming class, who are the first to live in CIA's new Uptown Residence Hall. One student, Emily Linville, sai...

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Story: Aug 18, 2014

CIA again named to "Best in the Midwest" list

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Events: Sep 06, 2014

Mizoguchi's Greatest Decade

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Story: Aug 13, 2014

Biomedical grad wins award for animation on stuttering

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Events: Sep 27, 2014

Filmmaker and author John Waters to present one-man show

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Blog: Aug 26, 2014

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

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Story: Aug 11, 2014

Student-designed app teaches embryology, improves scores

View details Fall 2014 Open House

Events: Nov 15, 2014

Fall 2014 Open House

Academics . Curriculum . Professional Experience 

Professional Experience

A successful creative career requires strong connections to real-world experience. At the Cleveland Institute of Art we’ve developed a rigorous mandatory Business + Professional Practices curriculum that all CIA students complete. In addition to the core course and the small-group seminars, you'll take a professional writing course and travel out into the field to see artists and designers at work.  

Emphasis on Success

The Business + Professional Practices curriculum emphasizes three important avenues for students: 

  • Studio and exhibitions: Learn how to set up a professional studio, write grants, develop exhibitions, communicate through artist talks and statements, and approach dealers, curators, and collectors. 
  • Entrepreneurship: Learn how to establish your own business by exploring business finance, sales and marketing, taxes, insurance, copyright and contracts, professional writing, and more.
  • Industry: Learn how to thrive in a business organization by discussing presentation and interview skills, ethics and conflict resolution, business plans, communication etiquette, professional associations, and more.

Guest Speakers

CIA’s Career Center and faculty bring in visiting artists and designers who speak to you about establishing successful careers. Recent guest speakers have given presentations on:

  • Public speaking
  • Personal finance
  • Working with ad agencies
  • Navigating public funding for the arts
  • Small-business start-up
  • Health coverage options
  • The importance of networking

Alumni who need help in jump-starting their professional career, may also reach out to Career Services, which can provide additional guidance and resources.

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Community Works

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

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Support CIA

Show the world creativity matters: make a gift to the annual fund.

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Cores + Connections

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