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At the Cleveland Institute of Art, our department of Painting has a long and illustrious history of producing successful artists. As a Painting major, you will acquire an indepth knowledge of painting as a studio practice as well as a broad knowledge of the visual arts.

At the core of our coursework is an understanding of what it takes to be a professional artist. With this goal in mind, we provide our students with a solid foundation in technical and problem-solving skills, art theory, and contemporary practices in the visual arts. Classes are taught by dedicated and professionally active faculty, exposure to established visiting artists, and a collaborative community network ensure that our students establish a successful studio practice reaching far into the future.

What can I do with a degree in Painting?

  • Painter, sculptor
  • Creative Entrepreneur
  • Painter
  • Installation Artist and Assistant Professor
  • Designer + Founder
  • Senior Concept Artist


Painting students have large individual studio spaces, a well-equipped workshop, and excellent critique space—all within our sky-lit, factory loft space, originally a Model T Ford factory.

CIA also houses the fabrication studios, a shared space, staffed and supervised by highly qualified technical specialists. Students from all courses of study are encouraged to use this space and do hands-on material studies. This communal environment gives students optimal means of making for their individual exploration and group projects.