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Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) is an accredited, independent college of art and design founded in 1882. CIA offers 15 majors: Animation, Biomedical Art, Ceramics, Drawing, Game Design, Glass, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, Jewelry + Metals, Painting, Photography + Video, Printmaking, and Sculpture + Expanded Media.

CIA’s Academic Vision, which we call Cores + Connections, helps students build better futures through community-based learning, real-world projects and social practices in art and design. More than 80% of students participate in one or more internships before graduation.

With a 9:1 student-faculty ratio, students develop strong relationships with CIA’s accomplished faculty members. Students move into their own, personal studio space, next to their peers, when they enter their major. CIA opened a new freshman residence hall in 2014, featuring state of the art apartment-style suites designed with art students in mind.

The college is located in Cleveland’s scenic University Circle neighborhood, home to the city’s world-class museums, orchestra and hospitals. Details at

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