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Cleveland Institute of Art

"The Cleveland Institute of Art offers an "internationally recognized" five-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree that includes a two-year foundation of design fundamentals and liberal arts courses as well as a complex senior thesis. CIA's list of over 130 established internship sites helps students gain practical experience and build their resumes."

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"The Cleveland Institute of Art offers an "internationally recognized" five-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree that includes a two-year foundation of design fundamentals and liberal arts courses as well as a complex senior thesis. CIA's list of over 130 established internship sites helps students gain practical experience and build their resumes."

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Chartered in 1882, The Cleveland Institute of Art began in the attic of the Old Cleveland City Hall with just one teacher and one student. After several moves, the Art School, as it had long been known, officially became known as The Cleveland Institute of Art in 1949 and in 1956, it moved into its present University Circle location. In 1981 the Institute purchased a former Ford automobile assembly factory, now listed on the National Register of Historical Places in Ohio. Renovated and renamed the Joseph McCullough Center for the Visual Arts, it houses the departments of painting, glass, ceramics, graphic design and illustration, photography/video, T.I.M.E. (digital and time based media), and sculpture. Remaining in the George Gund Building on East Boulevard are the departments of metals/jewelry, drawing, industrial design, fiber, printmaking, and medical illustration, as well as foundation and liberal arts (academic) classes.

Mission Statement

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

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Student Life

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 568
Gender 42% Male / 58% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 99% Full Time / 1% Part Time
Geography 70% In State / 30% Out of State / 3% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 51% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 75%
Multi-racial 3%
International 4%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 10%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Housing deposit : $150.00. Housing deposit due : Jun 1. Housing deposit is not refunded if student does not enroll.. No cars. No pets.

22% of students live on-campus.

70% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Apartments for Single Students
  • Coed Dorms
  • Fraternity/Sorority Housing
  • Housing Offered
  • Wellness Housing

Activities

  • Government or Political Activity
  • Marching Band
  • Fraternities
  • Sororities
  • Campus Ministries

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: reduced course load study skills assistance tutoring writing center learning center
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries, dorms, student center dorms wired for high speed internet connections wireless network available student web hosting available dorms wired for access to campus-wide network computer repair service available on campus
  • Counseling Services: alcohol/substance abuse counseling chaplain/spiritual director employment services for undergraduates financial aid counseling health services personal counseling career counseling veteran's counselor women's services
  • Facilities: individual studio spaces, exhibition spaces, ceramics studio, wood shop, metal shop, glass shop, cinematheque, rapid 3-d prototype machines, blau kiln, lunchbox capture system
  • Special Needs Services: wheelchair accessibility services and/or facilities for hearing impaired services and/or facilities for speech or communications disorders services and/or facilities for visually impaired comprehensive services for students with learning disabilities
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): cross-registration independent study internships english as a second language (esl) double major
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Industrial and Product Design (20%), Illustration (17%), Medical Illustration/Medical Illustrator (8%), Painting (8%), Interior Design (7%), Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other (5%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by producing art works out of clay and similar materials. Includes instruction in handbuilt and wheelthrown techniques; molding; slips and glazes; trimming and decorating; firing and kiln operation; oxidation; mixed media; ceramic murals; and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions through representation by lines made on a surface. Includes instruction in eye-hand coordination; line, value, shape, and perspective; figure and still life drawing; the use of media such as pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, pastel, and brush; and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by constructing art works from woven or non-woven fabrics and fibrous materials. Includes instruction in weaving techniques and loom operation; non-woven techniques such as knitting, coiling, netting, and crocheting; quilting; dyeing and pigmentation; printing and other finishing techniques; pattern design; tapestry; and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.

Any instructional program in fine arts and art studies not listed above.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.

A program that focuses on the design, development, and programming of interactive media entertainment, including computer and video games, virtual environments, Internet applications, and other interactive media. Includes instruction in theory of games, turn-based games, real-time games, visual and interactive design, story development, animation, simulation, and programming.

Job Opportunities:

Postsecondary Teachers, All Other
All postsecondary teachers not listed separately.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

A program that prepares individuals to apply artistic and computer techniques to the interpretation of technical and commercial concepts. Includes instruction in computer-assisted art and design, printmaking, concepts sketching, technical drawing, color theory, imaging, studio technique, still and life modeling, multimedia applications, communication skills and commercial art business operations.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Art Directors
Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media, such as print, broadcasting, and advertising. Direct workers engaged in art work or layout design.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

A program that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to develop and execute interpretations of the concepts of authors and designers to specifications. Includes instruction in book illustration, fashion illustration, map illustration, rendering, exhibit preparation, textual layout, cartooning, and the use of various artistic techniques as requested by clients.

Job Opportunities:

Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Set and Exhibit Designers
Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
Designers, All Other
All designers not listed separately.

A program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to effectively communicate ideas and information to business and consumer audiences via the creation of effective forms, shapes, and packaging for manufactured products. Includes instruction in designing in a wide variety of plastic and digital media, prototype construction, design development and refinement, principles of cost saving, and product structure and performance criteria relevant to aesthetic design parameters.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Commercial and Industrial Designers
Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.
Designers, All Other
All designers not listed separately.

A program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to apply artistic principles and techniques to the professional planning, designing, equipping, and furnishing of residential and commercial interior spaces. Includes instruction in computer applications, drafting, and graphic techniques; principles of interior lighting, acoustics, systems integration, and color coordination; furniture and furnishings; textiles and their finishing; the history of interior design and period styles; basic structural design; building codes and inspection regulations; and applications to office, hotel, factory, restaurant and housing design.

Job Opportunities:

Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in architecture and architectural design, such as architectural environmental design, interior architecture/design, and landscape architecture. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Interior Designers
Plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Formulate design which is practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style. May specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions in either two or three dimensions, through simultaneous use of a variety of materials and media.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Art Directors
Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media, such as print, broadcasting, and advertising. Direct workers engaged in art work or layout design.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by fashioning art works from gems, other stones, and precious metals. Includes instruction in gemology, metalsmithing and finishing, stone cutting and polishing, metal and non-metal casting and molding, electroforming, metal coloring, enameling, photo etching, lapidary technique and art, design concepts, and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers
Design, fabricate, adjust, repair, or appraise jewelry, gold, silver, other precious metals, or gems. Includes diamond polishers and gem cutters, and persons who perform precision casting and modeling of molds, casting metal in molds, or setting precious and semi-precious stones for jewelry and related products.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by the application of paints and related chemical color substances to canvases or other materials. Includes instruction in color and color mixing, surface preparation, composition, oil and acrylic media, watercolor media, painting techniques, and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

A program that focuses on the principles and techniques of communicating information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the creation of images on photographic film, plates, and digital images and that may prepare individuals to be professional photographic artists. Includes instruction in camera and equipment operation and maintenance, film and plate developing, light and composition, films and printing media, color and special effects, photographic art, photographic history, use of computer applications to record or enhance images and applications to the photography of various subjects.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Photographers
Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by rendering art concepts onto surfaces and transferring images, via ink or dyes, onto paper or fabric. Includes instruction in monochrome and color printing; tonality; chemistry; equipment set-up and maintenance; techniques such as serigraphy, lithography, intaglio, woodcut, block, stencil, relief, etching, and composite; and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by creating three-dimensional art works. Includes instruction in the analysis of form in space; round and relief concepts; sculptural composition; modern and experimental methods; different media such as clay, plaster, wood, stone, and metal; techniques such as carving, molding, welding, casting, and modeling; and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to apply the principles and techniques of art and computer-assisted imaging, graphics, and animation to create visual materials to facilitate the recording and dissemination of biomedical knowledge for educational, research, and clinical purposes. Includes instruction in anatomy, physiology, pathology, histology, embryology, neuroanatomy, medical terminology, artistic media and techniques, illustration techniques, three-dimensional modeling, prosthetics, data display design, exhibit design and production, medical photography, multimedia, computer graphics and animation, digital imaging, business management, production technology, and instructional design.

Job Opportunities:

Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

Administration & Faculty

President and CEO Grafton J. Nunes
Accredited by National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Full-time Faculty 43
Student : Faculty Ratio 9 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 55 : 44
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100

AP Test Credit Information

Test Name Minimum Score Equivalent Course (s) Credits
AP Art History 3.0 ACD101 Art History 3.0
AP Biology 3.0 Social or Natural Science Distribution Elective 3.0
AP Calculus AB 3.0 Social or Natural Science Distribution Requirement 3.0
AP Calculus BC 3.0 Social or Natural Science Distribution Requirement 3.0
AP Chemistry 3.0 Social or Natural Science Distribution Requirement 3.0
AP Chinese Language and Culture 3.0 Humanities Distribution Requirement 3.0
AP Comparative Government and Politics 3.0 Humanities Distribution Requirement 3.0
AP English Language and Composition 3.0 English Composition 3.0
AP English Literature and Composition 3.0 English Composition 3.0
AP Environmental Science 3.0 Social or Natural Science Distribution Requirement 3.0
AP European History 3.0 Humanities Distribution Requirement 3.0
AP French Language and Culture 3.0 Humanities Distribution Requirement 3.0
AP German Language and Culture 3.0 Humanities Distribution Requirement 3.0
AP Human Geography 3.0 Social or Natural Science Distribution Requirement 3.0
AP Italian Language and Culture 3.0 Humanities Distribution Requirement 3.0
AP Latin 3.0 Humanities Distribution Requirement Pass / No Credit
AP Macroeconomics 3.0 Social or Natural Science Distribution Requirement 3.0
AP Microeconomics 3.0 Social or Natural Science Distribution Requirement 3.0
AP Music Theory 3.0 Humanities Distribution Requirement 3.0
AP Physics B 3.0 Social or Natural Science Distribution Requirement 3.0
AP Psychology 3.0 Social or Natural Science Distribution Requirement 3.0
AP Spanish Language and Culture 3.0 Humanities Distribution Requirement 3.0
AP Statistics 3.0 Social or Natural Science Distribution Requirement 3.0
AP United States Government and Politics 3.0 Humanities Distribution Requirement 3.0
AP United States History 3.0 Humanities Distribution Requirement 3.0
AP World History 3.0 Humanities Distribution Requirement 3.0

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 68.2% accepted of 633 applications

72% of students graduated in the top half of their class.
34% of students graduated in the top quarter of their class.
14% of students graduated in the top tenth of their class.

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite19 - 26
English17 - 25
Math17 - 25
 
SATMath450 - 610
Reading470 - 620
Writing450 - 590

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Talent Ability

Important: Academic GPA, Application Essay, Interview, Recommendations, Standardized Test Scores

Also Considered: Class Rank

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
English 0 4
Math 0 3
Science 0 3
Social Studies 0 3
Academic Electives 0 6

Other Application Information: SAT or ACT

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Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $30,473 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $25,331
$30K-$48K $28,423
$48K-$75K $27,491
$75K-$110K $33,278
$110K+ $28,650

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $34,270, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $34,270 Same as On-Campus
Fees $2,239 Same as On-Campus
Housing $12,132 $7,875
Books $2,100 $2,100
Total (before financial aid) $50,741 $46,484

Students Receiving Aid

97% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 81% $9,557
Federal Scholarships/Grants 51% $4,323
Institutional Grants 97% $16,920
Other Federal Grants 12% $1,718
Other Loans 12% $15,169
Pell Grants 51% $3,912
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 27% $1,681
Student Loans 81% $11,860

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.cia.edu/admissions/financing-your-education/financial-aid.

Estimate the net price for you at http://www.cia.edu/admissions/tuition-fees/net-price-calculator.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

53% of students graduated on time.

59% of students graduated in six years.

78% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Colleges (Midwestern)

WalletHub

#129 The Best and Worst College Cities and Towns in America
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