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Location and Campus

Cleveland Institute of Art is an independent college of art and design committed to leadership and vision in all forms of visual arts education. Since 1882, we have received widespread acclaim for the quality of our programs and achievements of our alumni. Students are encouraged to explore their vision and develop their skills through an interdisciplinary curriculum.


To nurture the intellectual, artistic, and professional development of students and community members through rigorous visual arts and design education.


To advance culture, community, and global quality of life.


CIA offers 15 majors in art, design, craft, and interactive media. 


CIA has nearly 50 full-time and 60 adjunct faculty, who are all professional artists, designers, and scholars. The student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1.

Student Body

Approximately 625 undergraduate students from around the globe attend CIA.


Students may enter as a freshman or as a transfer student (with advanced standing). Admission is based on a portfolio review, academic record, SAT or ACT scores, and recommendations. Visit Admissions to learn more about the application process.

Financial Aid

CIA offers scholarships based on academic history and portfolio quality. Need-based aid is also available. Learn more about financial aid at CIA.

Academic Calendar

View CIA's academic calendar, or download a PDF version here.

Retention Rate

89% of students who began their studies in Fall 2016 returned in Fall 2017.

Graduation Rate

The 4-year graduation rate for full-time students entering in Fall 2013 was 51%.

Graduation Rate Statistics


Three national college assessment organizations have included the Cleveland Institute of Art on their annual lists of schools that deliver a high-quality education. 

  • The Princeton Review, a prestigious education services company, included CIA among its collection of 158 high-quality colleges and universities in 12 Midwestern states. CIA was the only dedicated college of art and design on the list. 
  • CIA also made Money Magazine’s Best Colleges for Your Money 2017 list. Money designated 711 colleges and universities as good values. CIA ranked 537. Money makes its assessments based on quality, affordability and alumni success. 
  • Finally,’s Best 2017-2018 College Salary Report assessed colleges and universities on student’s post-graduation salary potential. Among 1,509 schools cited by Payscale for positive salary potential, CIA was in a four-way tie at No. 666. Payscale also ranks schools in terms of their value to students interested in particular majors. CIA ranked 65 among a total of 313 schools selected as good choices for art majors. It was the highest ranking received for any dedicated art and design school in Ohio and all border states.

Accreditation and Membership

Cleveland Institute of Art is an independent, not-for-profit college accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Ohio Board of Regents. CIA is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), a consortium of America’s specialized art and design colleges.

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604

A premier college of art and design.
11610 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland OH 44106 USA

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