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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...

View details Lunch On Fridays: Kasumi

Events: Sep 05, 2014

Lunch On Fridays: Kasumi

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Social: about 21 hours ago via Facebook

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

View details Filmmaker and author John Waters to present one-man show

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 

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

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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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Cores + Connections

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