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Story: Oct 21, 2014

Senior curates exhibition of current students, recent grads ...

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Events: Nov 06, 2014 @ Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, OH

Unruly Engagements Conference

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Story: Oct 20, 2014

CIA grad transforms Corvette into canvas on wheels

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CIA Exhibition: Nov 07, 2014

Opening Reception Community Works: Artist as Social Agent

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CIA students have re-imagined Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland in a series of illustrations that range from edgy to whimsical that are on display at ...

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Story: Aug 27, 2014

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

View details Fall 2014 Open House

Events: Nov 15, 2014

Fall 2014 Open House

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Story: Aug 18, 2014

CIA again named to "Best in the Midwest" list

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Applying to the Cleveland Institute of Art

Applying to college can be a daunting task. That’s why at the Cleveland Institute of Art we believe very strongly in providing a personal approach at this most important time of your life.

We encourage you to contact us early in your college search so we can help you prepare the best possible application. Our admissions counselors will answer any questions you have and confirm whether your application and portfolio meet our submission requirements. 

Make sure to visit us! We welcome the opportunity to meet you and review your portfolio in person. When you visit, you can tour our campus, meet our faculty artists, and see our students at work in their own studio spaces.

Start your online application

When you are ready to apply, start your online application here.

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A complete CIA application is much more than the online form—it also includes transcripts, your portfolio, and more. Make sure to review the relevant pages below for important details. Then start your application at the link above!

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Transferring to CIA: One student's experience

November 07, 2013

Transferring to CIA: One student's experience

Josette Galiano, a senior majoring in Industrial Design, transferred to CIA from a neighboring university and never looked back. She describes her transformative experience. more

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Community Works

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

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Uptown Residence Hall

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Cores + Connections

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