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Story: Oct 21, 2014

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

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CIA Exhibition: Oct 17, 2014

Adam Markanovic: No Body to Love

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Story: Oct 20, 2014

CIA grad transforms Corvette into canvas on wheels

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Events: Oct 31, 2014

Lunch On Fridays: Word!

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Cleveland Institute of Artís Career Center helps students prepare for careers, especially by helping them secure challenging and fulfilling internships. For thi...

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Story: Sep 22, 2014

Television and film writer teaching narrative writing at CIA

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

Unruly Engagements Conference

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Story: Aug 27, 2014

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

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CIA Exhibition: Nov 07, 2014

Opening Reception Community Works: Artist as Social Agent

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Story: Aug 18, 2014

CIA again named to "Best in the Midwest" list

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.