Dec 02, 2013
Industrial design grad gives TEDx talk on creative play
Nov 02, 2013
Cinematheque to show eight classic comedies by Ernst Lubitsch
Dec 02, 2013
CIA's Contemporary Artist Index: 31,000 strong, and now easier to use than ever
Nov 08, 2013
2013 Fall Exhibition
about 17 hours ago via Facebook
Brent Kee Young, professor and glass department chair, with CIA alum Mark Sudduth '83 in the glass studio. #throwbackthursday #tbt
Nov 22, 2013
CIA wins UCI award for Euclid Avenue ArtBox project
Dec 03, 2013
Fall Foundation Show
Nov 21, 2013
Sophomore's photo inspires magic on the big screen
Dec 06, 2013
2013 Student Holiday Show
Dec 03, 2013
12/5-8: AT BERKELEY, A TOUCH OF SIN, PORTRAIT OF JASON & more!
Your portfolio is the cornerstone of your application to the Cleveland Institute of Art, and it is a significant part of the admission decision. The following guidelines will help you to create a portfolio that best reflects your work.
Our Admissions Committee evaluates your portfolio to assess your technical abilities, conceptual problem-solving skills, and your use of chosen mediums.
Prior to that review we recommend that you schedule an appointment with one of our admissions counselors for a preliminary portfolio review. We can provide feedback on your current work and guide you as you work towards your best possible portfolio while you visit our campus. Upon completion of your application for admission, our admissions counselors and faculty are available to assist you in making final choices for your portfolio prior to submission. We encourage you to meet with them during Portfolio Day, our visit to your high school, or your visit to CIA’s campus.
Your portfolio should include no less than 12 and no more than 20 pieces of your original artwork. Please do not send more than 20 pieces. This number will give us enough information to make an accurate assessment of your abilities. We recommend that at least four of those pieces should be drawings from observation. Observational drawings include still life, gesture, or figure drawings, portraits, and landscapes. We encourage you to feature your strongest pieces made in your junior and senior years.
Portfolio pieces can take many forms, including (but not limited to):
Make an effort not to include work copied from photographs or other published works. These generally do not make strong portfolio pieces. If you use source photos, try not to use them as the sole inspiration for your work.
The order in which you present your work can have a significant effect on your portfolio review, therefore we suggest you end your presentation with your strongest piece. Keep in mind that relationships in color, media, composition, and concept can link one piece to another and help your portfolio flow in a cohesive manner.
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:
When you're ready to submit your portfolio, you can submit your portfolio in CD or DVD format or online.
Once you begin your online application, a counselor from the Office of Admissions will email you a login for uploading your portfolio directly to CIA. Be sure to include your email address as you begin filling out your online application. If you haven't received a login within two business days, please contact us at 1-800-223.4700.
Mail the disc to the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106. Note: No application items will be returned, and it is recommended you keep an original copy of your submission for your records.
Make sure to label disc and sleeve with the following:
These tips will help you photograph your work for your admissions portfolio. For extra help, please see the two instructional videos in the right sidebar of this page.
This set of two videos will help you build your portfolio, whether you're an art school admission candidate or a practicing artist or designer.