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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

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Events: Nov 15, 2014

Fall 2014 Open House

Admissions . Apply . Submitting Your Portfolio . Portfolio Checklist 

Portfolio Checklist

Freshman Student Portfolio Checklist

  • Include 12 to 20 pieces of artwork
  • Include 4 drawings (observational drawings are recommended, sketchbook work is encouraged)
  • Present portfolio online (cia.slideroom.com) or in CD or DVD format
  • Follow Portfolio Submission guidelines

Transfer Student Portfolio Checklist

These preferred elements are only for transfer students wishing to be placed in the sophomore year or beyond, and seeking studio art credit to replace freshman-level Foundation courses. 

As a transfer applicant, your 12 to 20 pieces should include the following elements:

  • 4-6 drawings from observation (recommended)
  • 2-3 examples of 3D work
  • 2-3 examples of 2D work
  • 3-4 examples of digital work using Freehand, Illustrator, InDesign, or Photoshop
  • 4-6 examples of work pertaining to the major you wish to enter
  • Follow Portfolio Submission guidelines
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