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Cleveland Institute of Art Creativity Matters

Create your future in art + design


Cleveland Institute of Art 11141 East Boulevard Cleveland OH 44106 800.223.4700 216.421.7418


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Why CIA?


Why are CIA students

so successful?


Our campus


Our facilities


Student life


Studio space


CIA faculty

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Liberal Arts


Our majors 26 Animation 28 Biomedical Art 30 Ceramics 32 Drawing 34 Game Design 36 Glass 38 Graphic Design 40 Illustration

42 Industrial Design 44 Interior Architecture 46 Jewelry+Metals 48 Painting 50 Photography 52 Printmaking 54 Sculpture

56 Apply 58

How to build and submit

your portfolio


Financing your education


See for yourself

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Creativity matters to you It’s the launch point of your self-expression and inspires what you sketch, design, and film.


Take your creativity and add four years of pure art and design education at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Then live a creative life with a career that lets you use your imagination...


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J. Crew Jewelry Designer Stephanie Schwallie Jewelry + Metals grad, 2006

Painter Dana Schutz Painting grad, 2000

Arthur Marc Brown Illustration grad, 1969 What do you want to be? Go to the link above and take our career quiz (only 5 questions). Let us know your results and we’ll send you information on how to get there.

Car Design 2013 Dodge Viper Industrial Design grads Scott Krugger, 2001 Ryan Nagode, 2003


CIA alums live and think creatively every day Their work changes the way we look at the world. From automotive designers to visionary painters and designers to cutting-edge animators and concept artists, CIA students go on to amazing creative careers.

Character designer Wes Burt Drawing grad, 2004


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Why CIA?


World-Class Faculty CIA faculty are successful artists, designers, writers, and teachers, many of whom hold terminal degrees in their disciplines. You’re learning from faculty who know how to succeed as artists and designers and who instill their best practices into your personal path for success.

Successful Alumni What better measure of success than moving on in your career after graduation? More than 90% of our recent grads are working in their field or accepted into a graduate program. Employers and gallery owners seek out CIA graduates specifically because of their superior mastery of technique and strong creative problemsolving abilities.

8:1 Student to Faculty Ratio Learn in a studio or classroom, not a lecture hall. We keep class sizes small so that you can interact with peers and professors daily. Faculty come to you, visiting your studio space and instructing one-on-one. This personal attention builds a mentorshipapprenticeship model unlike any other art and design school in the country.

reer after graduation? More than 90% of our recent grads are working in their field or Urban Cultural Hub accepted into a graduate You have to see our campus to program. and believe it. Employers CIA students benefit gallery owners seek out CIA from a neighborhood known as University Circle, that sits in graduates specifically because the heart of Cleveland’s cultural of their superior mastery of district with a unique mix of technique and strong creative students and professionals from problem-solving abilities. renowned educational, cultural, and healthcare institutions. We’re a creative community of 500 students on an energetic urban campus of more than 8,000 students from surrounding colleges.

Your Own Studio All students in their majors receive personal studio space: another factor that’s unique to CIA. Once you declare your major (in your sophomore year) you move right into your studio, next to your peers and all the tools, technology, and resources for creative work. Just clean it out when you graduate!


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Why are CIA students so successful? What sets the Cleveland Institute of Art apart from other colleges of art and design? In a nutshell, our Cores + Connections make all the difference. What do we mean by Cores + Connections? The word “core” comes from the Latin “cor” or “heart.” At the heart of CIA is an energetic culture of faculty mentorship, studio and academic rigor, a cross-disciplinary curriculum, and community engagement. Faculty Cool Fact With a faculty to student ratio of 8:1, students at CIA are mentored by faculty members who are accomplished professionals in their fields, and who, in turn, share their knowledge, craft and professional experience on a daily basis. In their own practices, CIA faculty are engaged in regional, national, and/or international arenas, with projects ranging from a local effort to build designers’ work stations out of wood reclaimed from abandoned houses, to producing independent films that travel to film festivals worldwide.


CIA seniors hold up their traveling scholarships, which are awarded annually and allow for continued personal study.

Core Education Also at the heart of CIA’s culture is a commitment to studio practice and academic rigor driven by our accomplished professional faculty. Our core curriculum— a nested set of interrelated areas of scholarly study—will help you develop your work and your world view. “The Role of the Artist as Producer” is just one unique example that students cite. CIA is also on the cutting edge with virtual connectivity. This starts with iPad support in your first year—integrated into your Liberal Arts and Foundation Studio classes—and will soon include a distance learning initiative that will connect learners from communities around the world.

Painting and printmaking grad Adam Kujawski won the prestigious Cleveland Arts Prize scholarship in 2012.


Community Connections and Real World Projects The classroom definitely extends beyond the campus. Communitybased exchanges of knowledge, resources, and skills begin in your very first semester of Foundation Studio classes, and continue not only through senior year, but beyond graduation. On any given day, CIA students may be observing and illustrating surgery at University Hospitals, sketching in the Glasshouse at Cleveland Botanical Garden, researching diorama design at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, or studying abroad.


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We’ve had students consulting for the world-class Cleveland Museum of Art, illustrating the first near-total face transplant at the Cleveland Clinic, collaborating with engineering students at Case Western Reserve University’s think[box] innovation center, designing cars in Detroit, touring behind-the-scenes workings of New York galleries, and building an offsite wood-burning kiln all before graduation. At last count, we listed well over 100 known community partnerships!

CIA’s Cores + Connections help build the skills and confidence students say they need in order to seize new opportunities that develop in their daily lives. CIA is committed to helping students connect their considerable art + design knowledge with onthe-ground skills in partnering with others to solve real-world problems—and in so doing, mutually engaging in the communities in which we all live, learn, work, and grow. So, “Cores + Connections” is CIA’s name for the living, evolving network of working partnerships among the students, faculty, curriculum, instructional methods, staff, alumni, and the local, national, and global communities in which they each participate.

Recently three CIA students won $25,000 in the William McShane Fund, and then successfully raised over $30,000 on Kickstarter for their product ‘nesl,’ a desktop organizer.

Illustration graduate Valerie Mayen competed in season eight of Lifetime Television’s Project Runway, and now runs her successful clothing shop ‘Yellowcake.’

Fiber + Material Studies graduate Mathew Grady won both the judges’ award and the audience favorite award at “Project MOCA,” an experimental fashion runway event in 2013.

80% of CIA students take part in one or more internships.

90+ visiting artists every year

CIA’s 2011 two-year draft cohort default rate is 2.4%, well below the rates at other art schools and the national cohort 11 default rate, which is 8.8%.

Our campus Cleveland’s Arts + Culture Cleveland Botanical Garden Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque Cleveland Institute of Music Cleveland Museum of Art Cleveland Museum of Natural History Cleveland Orchestra LAND Studio DANCECleveland Great Lakes Science Center Great Lakes Theater Festival House of Blues Museum of Contemporary Art PlayhouseSquare Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum The Sculpture Center

For college destinations, Cleveland was rated 12th in the country for mid-size metros. American Institute for Economic Research


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We’re on the North Coast and in the heart of one of the most unique cultural communities in the country. CIA’s campus is in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood, a park-like setting that’s home to world-renowned institutions. Our campus includes students from Case Western Reserve University and

features more than 20 cultural, healthcare, and educational institutions— all on less than two square miles. The Uptown District is a new addition to our community with dozens of shops and restaurants right across the street from CIA’s Joseph McCullough Center for the

Visual Arts. Less than five miles away is the city center where students can see Cleveland’s professional sports teams (Cavaliers, Browns, Indians) play. A short bike ride away is Little Italy, Coventry Village, and the Cedar-Lee neighborhood—all offering arts, restaurants, and shopping.

Forbes Magazine named University Circle one of the ten prettiest neighborhoods in the country in 2012.


Our facilities Historic + modern = unsurpassed spaces for living and learning.

Old and new come together on the CIA campus. Our Joseph McCullough Center for the Visual Arts was built in 1916 as a Model T Ford factory. Lovingly known as The JMC or The Factory, this building was recently renovated—top to bottom—into a comfortable, light-filled, tech-enabled, facility for learning about and making art. Just down the block, we’re opening a brand new residence hall for the fall 2014 semester. Designed in consultation with CIA students, the new hall will


house freshmen in suites with two bedrooms connected by a shared workspace. The common work area—which will be outfitted with drafting tables— underscores our philosophy of encouraging collaboration. You won’t work in a vacuum at CIA! Beyond your suite, you’ll enjoy an onsite print center; workout room; lounges; rooftop decks; street-level retail including a commercial bowling alley; and views of MOCA Cleveland, the downtown skyline, and Lake Erie.

Opening for fall 2015, our new, 80,000-square-foot George Gund Building will be adjoined to the JMC, bringing all of CIA’s facilities into Uptown. Our new Gund Building will house stateof-the-art studios, an exhibition gallery, auditorium, café, and offices. Its western façade will glow with a media mesh projecting still and moving images. And best of all, our new building will fully connect CIA to the new Uptown development of retail, restaurants, residences and MOCA Cleveland.


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Student life Step out of the studio and you’ll find clubs, community service, celebrations, outings, the Career Center, academic support, study abroad and more.

We know you’re more than just an artist or designer. Maybe you’re a musician too, or an athlete, or a political activist. Through CIA student activities you can develop these talents and interests alongside fellow students. Existing student activities range from Community Service Club; to Game Club; to SIE, the group that organizes the annual Student Independent Exhibition. Can’t find the group you’re looking for? Start one of your own. Creativity matters when it comes to celebrations and outings. We organize trips to Cleveland Indians games and make free tickets available to the Cleveland Orchestra and local theater and dance companies. Small-scale


social events occur at CIA throughout the year, but three times a year, students, faculty and staff celebrate together: Halloween, with costumes like you’ve never seen; Carnivale, our own version of Mardi Gras; and Pink Pig, the end-of-the-year cookout in a Cleveland Metropark. Interested in broadening your world view by studying abroad? During the past two years, CIA students from a variety of majors have studied in Australia, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, and Turkey. Free tutoring is available to all CIA students for both academic and studio classes. You can receive

help with note taking, term paper preparation, test-taking strategies, and other study skills. We also have a Writing + Learning Center. And don’t wait until graduation day to think about your career. CIA’s Career Center has the tools, resources, strategies and network to help you make the transition from student to professional. In one-on-one career advising, you’ll learn how to write a resume and cover letter, search for jobs and internships, and practice interviewing.


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Studio spaces We’re committed to providing a creative environment and we believe personal studio space is essential to the creative process. Every CIA student is given their own space­— every space is different, but each one is personal.


If your major is Ceramics, your space includes an electric wheel, shelving, and tables. If you choose Industrial Design, your space resembles an actual design studio with personal space in a collaborative environment.

For Illustration and Biomedical Art students, your space centers on a drafting table. There’s always room to pin up inspirational pictures and words and space to work independently or with peers.

The physical layout of CIA studios means that students get used to working together and sharing ideas. “You can be creative on your own, but when you brainstorm with others, those ideas just grow and get better.” Jeff Kucera ’99 Design Manager, MTD Products


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CIA faculty

Learn from the best Your professors will help define the artist or designer you become. That’s why it’s important to learn from the best. In addition to being professional educators, CIA faculty maintain thriving practices and exhibition schedules. In addition, each year our faculty are accepted into some of the most presti-


gious national and international residency programs. What they gain from the residencies and professional experiences finds its way back into the classroom. They are determined to provide each of their students with the tools, techniques, and perspective to launch into a rewarding life as an artist or designer.

Where do CIA faculty exhibit their work? What organizations work with our faculty? Here are just a few. Carnegie Hall Cleveland Clinic Cleveland Museum of Art Corcoran Gallery of Art Corning Museum of Glass Entertainment Arts

London’s Victoria and Albert Museum Michael Symon Restaurants Milano Film Festival Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Museum of Modern Art Renwick Gallery

Seoul Film Festival The Mattress Factory The Smithsonian The Vatican Archives Tokyo National Museum Wolfgang Puck

“Faculty encourage you to go for what you want. If you want it, they will help you get there, that’s what I really like about this place.” Josh Maxwell ’13 Biomedical Art


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Foundation CIA’s Foundation program will introduce you to the forms, methods, media, and concepts crucial to your future academic and professional success.

All first-year students take a full year of Foundation courses where they develop and strengthen the fundamentals that support each year of study throughout the Institute’s curriculum. Be prepared for lively debates and the camaraderie that develops as you and your peers work together in studio. Through a charette format, the foundation experience fosters a learning environment that is responsive to your aspirations, as well as to innovations in the world of art and design.

iPads for all CIA Freshmen At CIA we value creative collaboration, especially in our first-year Foundation classrooms. For that reason we issue an iPad to each freshman to use and keep. With this technology you’ll build a digital hub of concepts, ideas, and research. This allows you to engage classmates and your professors in real-time critiques and full-scale projects right on the tablet, right in the classroom. Creative collaboration builds the essential team skills and a solution-driven approach to art 22 and design that you’ll need in a successful professional career.

You’ll begin with core courses in drawing, design, color, and digital studies that introduce you to color, composition, drawing principles, and 2D and 3D materials and processes. Digital courses and fabrication safety labs build confidence in your ability to create. As you work on studio projects you’ll investigate visual dynamics, creative processes, and issues that inform contemporary art, design, and culture. In addition we present issues of self-exploration and audience

perspective through a series of charettes (collaborative work in small groups). To help guide the transition from Foundation studies into the majors, you’ll also have the opportunity to take an elective class in order to explore various disciplines in the arts, crafts, design, and media areas. The elective provides exposure to help you make an informed choice about your major and your future career path.

“My rigorous training at CIA in medical illustration, sculpture, conceptual art, and photography provided a rock-solid foundation.” Michael E. Degnan ’05 Facial Prosthesis Expert


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“At CIA, you learn to understand the cultural context of the work that you’re making. Instead of only focusing on the process and craft, we also focus on cultural context.” Michelle Murphy ’06 NASA photographer, fine art photographer, curator and teacher


Liberal Arts Our Liberal Arts curriculum is designed to develop your understanding of many cultures of our world—both past and present—and discover the importance of these ideas to the growth of your creative life. Your four years at CIA include study in the humanities and sciences.

A singular feature of the Institute’s Liberal Arts curriculum is our approach to studying a subject by connecting it to other disciplines in our program. For example, in your freshman year at CIA, you will read in your English classes about ancient and medieval philosophy and culture while also taking a course in Ancient and Medieval History of Art. This carefully calibrated educational experience creates a comprehensive perspective on a subject that will give you a broad sense of the trajectory of world history itself. The reading and writing that we assign is crucial to the development of your own artistic ideas. In addition, you will complete rigorous assignments requiring writing

and research across your degree curriculum, and these will enable you to strongly convey a point of view informed by the world’s diverse communities. Visual Culture Emphasis In the Visual Culture Emphasis you’ll study 18 credits of designated Liberal Arts classes in addition to the Foundation Liberal Arts requirements. You’ll become a stronger writer and communicator as your studies help you reflect on how art and design are informed by concept, theory, and history. Areas of study include new media and film; non-Western and folk art; contemporary issues in art and design; art criticism; popular and mass culture; philosophy and aesthetics; and critical theory and methods of analysis.

Creative Writing Concentration If you are an artist or designer who also has been writing stories, graphic novels, or poems, our Creative Writing Concentration can keep you on track to grow as a creative writer—while you become a stronger visual communicator. Or if you plan a career that benefits from excellent writing skills, this Concentration allows you to work on your writing while you pursue your studio degree. The Creative Writing Concentration is comprised of 12 total credit hours (4 courses), taken in Liberal Arts. As a final requirement of the Concentration you’ll create a body of written work.


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Animation Animation is a medium that breathes life into concept through movement. As an animation student you’ll discover how the dialogue of an otherwise stagnant image or object changes and evolves when put to motion.

Our faculty will keep you on the cutting edge as you work with innovative production technologies in 2D and 3D digital media and animation, film, video production, and stop-motion animation. You’ll intensify your skills in character and set construction through a broad scope of tactile sculpture media. CIA’s Animation curriculum focuses on sequential narrative storytelling, conceptual development, methods of animation (2D, 3D, hand drawn, stop motion, composite), framing and staging, storyboarding, animatics, layers, and motion and figure studies. You’ll learn to put personality into movement through concentrated study of the mechanics of human and animal motion. Life drawing

and acting help develop original characters in design, movement, and personality. You’ll work with resources that include all major animation, video, editing, and compositing programs standard for industry, along with traditional animation drafting light tables, a video pencil test system, stop-motion Lunchbox capture system, green screen, chroma-key studio area, two separate lighting and shooting spaces, and a sound recording studio. Each year you’ll have several opportunities to show your work—to the CIA community and to industry and fine arts professionals. In addition, we strongly emphasize presentation and public speaking skills that prepare you for pitching your ideas and directing a team.


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Careers • Commercial animator • Fine artist/animator • Independent animator • Texture artist/texture painter • Educational animation • Graduate study/higher-level professional training • Rigger • Art director • Storyboard artist • Modeling supervisor

“The principles of creative exploration and visual problem solving that were emphasized at CIA assisted me not only as an animation artist but later as a supervisor and a producer.” Kevin Geiger ’89 Disney’s Vice President and Head of Creative, Greater China


Careers Graduates in Biomedical Art work within many broad areas of natural science and medical industries, educational design, 2D and 3D instructional animations and video, medical and scientific textbooks, biomedical advertisements, serious/educational gaming, professional journals, educational CD-ROMs, DVDs, web media, and films. Biomedical artists also work within the following career areas: pharmaceutical, medical, veterinary markets, hospitals, universities, government agencies, medical legal, and forensics, to name but a few.


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Biomedical Art As one of the few undergraduate programs of its kind in the country, CIA’s Biomedical Art program is a unique area of study in a growing field of applied art, science, and technology.

Built on the traditional field of scientific and medical illustration, CIA’s Biomedical Art curriculum also establishes skills in leading-edge digital media techniques, interactivity, and animation. You’ll learn a versatile set of illustration, information design, 3D modeling, and animation techniques through both traditional and digital methods. We’ve designed a curriculum that offers you the flexibility to take courses in computer imaging and animation, instructional design and multimedia, medical sculpture, surgical and natural science, and editorial illustration.

You’ll learn from outstanding faculty whose training and access to real-world experiences are unmatched. Each of CIA’s Biomedical Art faculty are CMI certified—which means you’re learning from highly-trained professors who are accredited Certified Medical Illustrators. Faculty have also taken advantage of our extraordinary location at the heart of the region’s leading medical, scientific, and cultural communities to build professional partnerships with the area’s major medical and educational resources, including Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, and the

Cleveland Clinic, as well as the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Cleveland Botanical Garden. As a student in the Biomedical Art program you will benefit from these partnerships through many real-world experiences that include projects in medical illustration and exhibition opportunities. The program offers you access to motion capture technology, 3D modeling tools, a medical sculpture lab, and a suite of other labs with access to the newest software and tools.


Ceramics At CIA we build on the age-old medium of ceramic art by teaching both the science and the art of its two major traditions: works of sculpture and works of utility.

As a student in CIA’s Ceramics major your coursework will include hand building and work on the pottery wheel, glaze making, glazing techniques, and loading and firing gas and electric kilns. Explore ceramic materials in two and three dimensions through the use of mold work and multiples in sculpture, studio pottery, and ceramic design. Expand your creativity as you develop fabrication techniques including press molding, drain casting, solid casting, casting body formulation, slip preparation and use, glazing, and surfacing.

Our Ceramics faculty run an interactive open studio environment that encourages collaboration and communication between students, peers, and instructors. We are one of the few Ceramics departments in the U.S. to have a digitally controlled gas kiln by Blaau—fully automated and capable of any firing cycle, oxidation, or reduction. Core studio courses in this major present you with an opportunity to work closely with faculty in Glass and Jewelry + Metals.

These cross-disciplinary courses offer an environment of diverse skill building, experimentation, and discovery. You’ll work in a completely renovated, sky-lit ceramics studio space with floor-to-ceiling windows, well-lit individual studio spaces, large common workspaces, and glazing areas. There is a large kiln room complete with three large gas kilns, eight electric kilns, and a raku kiln.

In 2012, Ceramics students and faculty spent weeks building an outdoor, wood-fired kiln that gives glazing results that can’t be obtained in any other type of furnace. 30


Our ceramics alumni go on to successful careers as studio artists and/or designers, exhibiting in national and international galleries and museums. Some graduates become art consultants and conservators while others go on to graduate school and into teaching.


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Careers CIA’s Drawing major prepares students for a career as a professional working artist. Our graduates have gone on to work as: • Illustrators • Studio artists • Graphic novelists • Zine authors • Educators • Gallerists


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Drawing As a student in CIA’s Drawing major, you’ll use traditional and nontraditional materials as well as unconventional tools to define your aesthetic identity and challenge your artistic vision and resourcefulness.

The Drawing curriculum begins with the investigation of the field and its historical framework. You’ll master a visual vocabulary that includes scale, proportion, perspective, composition, line, mass, and modeling while exploring traditional and nontraditional tools, materials, and techniques. You’ll form a research process and the development of source material. Then we’ll begin to focus on communication through drawing, which includes drawing from observation, ideation, and experimental processes. Next you’ll focus on style and aesthetics and parallel theories

to your own body of work. And you’ll begin to understand drawing in the cultural frameworks of pop, common, and high culture. In your final thesis project you’ll work through research, ideation, experimentation, evaluation, reflection, refinement, and production. In our professional practices program you’ll develop small business knowledge that will empower you to set up your professional studio. You’ll create a professional portfolio and develop grant writing skills. And you’ll learn the appropriate communications skills neces-

sary for successfully approaching dealers, curators, and collectors. In the spring you have an opportunity to travel to New York, where you’ll experience first-hand professional galleries and exhibitions such as the Whitney Biennial and the Armory Show. The Drawing curriculum culminates with a BFA exhibition that consists not only of presenting a body of work, but also an oral defense and a written artist statement.



• Game designer • Modeler • Programmer • Game writer • Audio production • Rigger • Character designer • Layout artist • Animator • Character animator • Artist/FX animator • Production designer • Visual effects (VFX) mSupervisor • Art director • Concept artist • Character designer • Environments designer • Storyboard artist • Graduate study


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Game Design Our students work with innovative production processes including 3D modeling, animation, programming, visual design, audio, interactive storytelling, and game production, as well as theory, criticism, and context of video game culture and digital media. While creating interesting and usable content, you’ll build character development skills.

Master the use of rule design, play mechanics, and social game interaction while you integrate visual, audio, tactile, and textual elements into a total game experience. As a Game Design major at CIA you will be able to create 3D modeling digital visualizations that use processing, organic and inorganic modeling, construction of compound objects, 3D primitive construction and modeling, and resolution and tessellation of 3D objects and formats.

In team production courses, you’ll learn more about programming by working with computer science students from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Engineering. We know that your major requires extensive technology use, so you’ll have access to more than just our state-of-theart computer labs. With your ID card you can check out the latest equipment for digital video, lighting, and sound. You can work in a networkconnected video-editing suite,

a sound editing and recording facility, and two shooting spaces with studio lighting capabilities—one studio has a green Chroma Key, a black screen, and a gray screen. Faculty who have proven success in digital media and game design will also help connect you with their network of game design professionals. In addition, we strongly emphasize writing, storyboarding, cinematic, motion, and directing skills.


Glass As a student in the Glass department, your training will center around three processes: working hot glass (glass blowing and off hand, molten glass processes), working cold glass (cutting, fabricating, grinding, sandblasting, and polishing), and fusion processes (casting, slumping, and bending).

As you move into higherlevel courses, you’ll take on independent study and research that is individually tailored to your developing voice. In core studio courses you’ll work closely with faculty in Ceramics and Jewelry + Metals. These crossdisciplinary courses offer an environment of diverse skill building, experimentation, and discovery. While working in traditional methods of design and craftsmanship CIA glass professors also experiment


with new forms of expression. This commitment to the art form has earned them national and international recognition. We have one of the bestequipped undergraduate glass studios in the country. Our student-run facility promotes teamwork and teaches the responsibilities of everyday glass studio operation. The well-ventilated, three-station hot glass area features furnaces for melting both clear and colored glasses, benches and tools for working hot glass, and large annealing

ovens. An adjacent area holds more computer-controlled ovens for casting, slumping, and special forming projects. The cold glass facility is equally well furnished with great lighting, diamond saws, lapping wheels, German and Czech engraving/cutting lathes, polishing lathes, and assorted hand tools for grinding and polishing. Lampworking also has a designated space to complement the other complex glass-working processes.

Careers Our aim is for each student to become a practitioner in the medium. Graduates often enter positions with other artists/ craftsmen, schools and workshops, apprenticeships and internships, and are highly competitive when applying for graduate study. Students from our program have become leaders in the field as teachers in university programs, practicing designers, and of course, artists/craftsmen.


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Careers Our program’s high placement rate is evidence that our graduates are in high demand. Students can expect to work in: • Book and publication design • Advertising • Branding • Web and interactive design • Package and 3D design • Exhibition design • Film and broadcasting


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Graphic Design In CIA’s Graphic Design major you’ll explore both the innovative and traditional methods of communication design including typography, print and web design, package design, and signage. We’ll introduce you to the forms, methods, media, and concepts crucial to creative development, self-expression, and effective visual communication and production.

While we rely on the latest technology to build technical skills, our curriculum offers you the opportunity to explore and grow beyond these technologies. Your study will range from editorial and publication design, to the study of event and exhibition design, design for print, marketing and advertising, production and interactive, motion graphics, and web design. And you’ll execute

your designs using traditional media as well as contemporary and experimental media. As you move through the curriculum you will also build valuable communication skills and develop techniques for presenting your ideas and final projects. Our faculty of practicing designers have created a working environment at CIA that resembles a

professional graphic design studio. As a student in the program you’ll have complete access to a computer lab, print output center, presentation areas, woodshop, and the metal shop. You’ll also have opportunities to collaborate with our Industrial Design and Interior Architecture students on projects in the classroom.


Illustration CIA’s Illustration major focuses on building your ability to translate thematic vocabulary into inventive visual solutions. You’ll learn how to envision thoughts, conceptualize ideas, and express these ideas through imagery. We focus on educating our students to communicate by creatively manipulating image and text within analog and digital environments.

Working in a wide variety of applications—from sequential storytelling to advertising to editorial and print illustration, you’ll address the visual transmission of meaning and discover the intellectual rewards in the images you create. We will challenge you to master the technical skills required by a wide range of materials and techniques—from the traditional media of pencils, acrylics, oils, and inks, to contemporary collage, photographic, and digital processes.


CIA’s Illustration studies cover some diverse areas: presenting ideas, conveying emotions, illuminating text, and creating narrative without text. Problem solving remains a core objective for the illustrator. A solution to any problem must be rooted in the deepest respect for the meaning of your activities and the potential impact of your work on the immediate and greater culture.

You’ll draw inspiration from field trips to professional art studios and advertising agencies, as well as from interaction with a steady flow of visiting artists. At the end of each year employers, illustrators, and designers are invited to the Institute to review portfolios and share experiences with students.

Careers • Book illustration • Editorial illustration • Game character design • Character development • Animation • Advertising illustration • Graphic novels


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“I wanted to be a car designer, but at CIA I was able to become an artist, first and foremost.” Scott Krugger ’01 Lead Exterior Designer, 2013 SRT Viper

Careers • Toy designer • Medical instrument designer • Industrial design instructor • Automobile designer • Medical products designer • Consumer electronics designer • Furniture designer • Design director


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Industrial Design Consistently ranked as one of the top programs in the country, CIA’s Industrial Design major produces graduates who are working at the top of their field. All ID students complete one or more internships, with many graduating directly into their first job. CIA’s Industrial Design program is rooted in a rigorous curriculum where each project is centered on research, conceptualization, and refinement. Our approach builds a strong understanding of the profession: the innovation process, users, market forces, manufacturing, sustainability, and business practices. As an Industrial Design student you’ll develop drawing, modeling, and computer-assisted design skills, which are critical to developing and communicating ideas. Our faculty teach methods that are solution-driven in a collaborative and energetic classroom environment. You’ll understand

problems and opportunities, broadly explore concepts, and critically evaluate and refine solutions. As an Industrial Design student at CIA, you’ll develop skills in visual communication, form development, and presentation, and build knowledge of manufacturing, ergonomics, and marketing. Each spring, you will participate in a truly dynamic recruitment opportunity: the Spring Design Show. Through this show, many of our students secure internships. Industrial Design students often collaborate with other CIA programs, other colleges, and businesses. Several international

companies work with us in a program that helps students bring ideas to production, and provide valuable experience, exposure, and potential income. Classes take place in an open studio, similar to a professional design studio, comprised of individual student studios and collaboration spaces. All students have easy access to cutting-edge computer technology, shop facilities, presentation rooms, project rooms, and rapid prototyping.


Interior Architecture In CIA’s Interior Architecture program, we emphasize commercial, retail, architectural, functional, and spatial design, rather than residential design. Our curriculum develops design processes, sensitivity and knowledge of material specification, and ethical problem solving.


Our hands-on approach to teaching encourages collaboration with local design firms that bring you real-world experience. Through these partnerships, you can take on exciting assignments that include designing restaurants, health care centers, car dealerships, museum space, or exhibition and showroom space.

a few of the studio tools you will learn. You can also expect to research projects and develop a sound basis for your concepts and solutions. Throughout your major study, you will attend lectures and symposiums sponsored by industry leaders and noted award-winning designers and design firms.

Communication skills are central to a successful career in Interior Architecture. Classroom critiques and professional client presentations will refine your verbal skills. Presentation methods, such as drawing, rendering, CAD technologies, and 3D modeling, are

Leading manufacturers of furniture and materials contribute to our studio environment through materials workshops. Off-campus activities expose Interior Architecture students to historical landmarks as well as leading design firms in the region.

Our students often secure summer internships, as well as part-time work in the greater Cleveland design market. Student exhibitions and job fairs are a feature of the Institute’s Interior Architecture experience. The Interior Architecture curriculum shares resources as well as studio space with the Industrial Design department. You’ll find an atmosphere of collaboration, innovation, and community, as well as healthy competition, within the design programs.

Careers • Consulting groups • Architectural design • Interior design • Retail design • Furniture design


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Careers • Studio artist: one-of-a-kind and production jewelry • Designer • Modeler • Prototype developer • Object maker for interior/ exterior home decor and architectural detailing


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Jewelry+Metals In CIA’s Jewelry + Metals major, you’ll work with both traditional and contemporary metalsmithing processes to grow as an artist of decorative and functional art—including jewelry, fashion, utilitarian, and small-scale sculptural objects. A thorough understanding of techniques and materials is fundamental to your development as an artist.

After learning the fundamentals, you’ll broaden your experience through more advanced uses of materials and techniques including forming and fabrication, lost-wax casting, electroforming, anodizing, sophisticated “stone” setting, working with mechanisms, mixed media, and machining. Woven throughout our curriculum is coursework in the history of the field and the contemporary attitudes and ideas affecting the making of wearables and objects within our culture.

Our fully equipped studio enables you to master advanced techniques. Faculty provide individual attention and are committed to teaching you the latest in jewelry and metalwork, including 3D modeling, CAD/ CAM, and rapid prototyping— a technology that turns your CAD/CAM design into a threedimensional scale model.

cross-disciplinary courses offer an environment of diverse skill building, experimentation, and discovery. In addition to studio subjects, professional practices are addressed in every class. Some of our graduates have worked with famous designers such as Isaac Mizrahi, Trina Tarantino, Vera Wang, and Alexis Bittar.

Core studio courses in this major present you with an opportunity to work closely with faculty in Glass and Ceramics. These


Painting The Painting department at the Cleveland Institute of Art has a long history of producing successful alumni. Our faculty will guide your work through individual and group studio critiques, workshops, seminars, and courses on special topics.

In this major you’ll experience a wide range of approaches to abstract and figural painting as well as alternative media and installation. We present a solid grounding in technical skills, art criticism, and theory, as well as contemporary practices in the visual arts. Our faculty of professional artists will guide your work through individual and group studio critiques, workshops, seminars, and courses in special topics. Once you have received a firm grounding in the technical and conceptual aspects of painting you’ll begin to


develop a personal body of work and an imaginative approach to problem solving. Your knowledge and experience will be enriched as you pursue collaborations and shared coursework in the other disciplines. In the spring you have an opportunity to travel to New York during an annual trip where you’ll experience first-hand professional galleries and exhibitions such as the Whitney Biennial and the Armory Show. In our Professional Practices program you’ll develop entrepreneurial skills,

a professional portfolio, grant-writing skills, and the skills to approach dealers, curators, and collectors. Painting students have generous individual studio space and a well-equipped workshop, all within the sky-lit, factory loft space. The Painting curriculum culminates with a BFA exhibition that consists not only of presenting a body of self-initiated work, but also an oral defense and a written artist statement.

Careers • Professional artist • Curator • Critic • Art administrator • Art teacher on the K-12 or college level • Illustrators • Designers • Creative directors • Set designers • Creative talent for television shows

Dana Schutz ’00, one of the most successful contemporary American painters, was included in the Venice Biennale just three years after she graduated from CIA. Her work has been acquired by major museums in North America and Europe, including the Saatchi Gallery in London.


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• Studio artists • Video artists • Art educators • Independent and industry photographers and filmmakers • Art directors • Commercial photographers • Fashion photographers • Photojournalists • Digital imaging specialists • Scientific and medical imaging • Gallery and museum directors • Visual effects supervisor


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Photography Focus on either Photographic or Video Arts as you develop a distinct vision, learn to communicate effectively, and immerse yourself in a creative, collaborative environment. In CIA’s Photography major, coursework will expose you to rich and varied techniques and aesthetics essential to photography, video, and digital cinema. You’ll learn how to refine and communicate your artistic vision through lectures, demonstrations, assignments, critiques, and group or one-on-one discussions with instructors and visiting artists. In the process, you’ll gain knowledge of photographic theory and contemporary practices. You’ll benefit from the expertise of a diverse, professionally experienced, and committed faculty and you’ll work with an array of state-of-the-art photographic and video imaging equipment including: digital and film cam-

eras for both still and moving imagery, enlargers and darkroom equipment, optical scanners, film editing and computing facilities, archival and large-format inkjet printers, and professional studio and lighting gear. As a Photography major, you’ll engage in all phases of the photographic workflow from image capture, lighting and editing, to image processing, enhancement, manipulation, and use of special effects and alternative photo imaging processes. You’ll explore different media for image output, presentation options, and professional standards for photographic and digital media archiving.

We’ll encourage you to participate in exchange programs, international mobility studies, and internships in both fine art and commercial venues. You’ll have opportunities to attend onsite workshops and lectures sponsored by film and camera companies and by organizations such as the American Society of Media Photographers. We also bring in professional artists, critics, writers, collectors, curators, and museum and gallery directors to share ideas and critique portfolios.


Printmaking Printmaking is an approach to image making that embraces, utilizes, and challenges technology from relief printing to online distribution of digital products. As a print student you will develop a broad base of knowledge of various print mediums, including traditional intaglio, lithography, and relief printing, as well as digital media applications.

As you grow in the major, so too will your ability to produce distinct impressions and multiples, from hand-printed limited editions to unlimited digital ones. Within the Printmaking space, we’ve created a professional studio setting of more than 4,000 square feet. You’ll have access to numerous etching and lithography presses, as well as book arts and letterpress facilities. Through our required studio courses you’ll develop a comprehensive approach to understanding, defining,


making, and questioning your practice of printmaking. You’ll work with a committed group of faculty who are practicing artists widely respected for their knowledge and achievements, including a master printer. They will work with you to hone your skills and define your personal direction. Printmaking students share in an integrated curriculum that provides a broad knowledge in the visual arts while strengthening in-depth conceptual knowledge of the Printmaking

discipline. In the spring you have an opportunity to travel to New York during an annual trip, where you’ll experience firsthand professional galleries and exhibitions such as the Whitney Biennial and the Armory Show. In our Professional Practices program you’ll develop a professional portfolio, grantwriting skills, and the skill necessary to successfully approach dealers, curators, and collectors.

Careers • Studio artist • Professional contract printer • Print, graphic, or web designer • Museum professional • Conservation • Gallery professional • Exhibition curator • Collaborative project facilitator • Illustrator

“This is the best student studio I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen several. The students know what they are doing, they’re really committed to their work, and the teachers are amazing.” Ivan Andres Lecaros Correa Chilean Printmaker and Visiting Artist


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Careers • Studio artist • Public artist • Educator • Designer • Gallerist • Graduate school

“Because of my CIA background, I’ve been able to do so many things.” Michael Grucza ’78 Chicago-based sculptor and art restoration specialist


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Sculpture At CIA, sculpture can come down from the pedestal to encompass installation, performance, and digital art as well as traditional object-based work.

Explore the creative potential of material, space, and interactive and time-based forms in order to create innovative work that’s important to you. Engage your mind and your hands in courses that present both theory and practice; conceptual development and hands-on work. Investigate strategies for combining traditional materials and processes with installation, time-based art, hybrid media, and performance. In the Sculpture major, you’ll hone a set of construction skills, working with wood, fabricating with textiles and metals, 3D modeling, casting, sewing, making molds, assembling,

and building. And you’ll have opportunities to work in media such as photography, drawing, video, and printmaking with a focus on how these will influence your professional practice as a sculptor. All courses in the Sculpture major offer you an introduction to the history of your field. You’ll find your own way to integrate the past, present and future into your work. The program builds on this search to find your place and your point-of-view, and to determine what influence your work will have in social, ethical, and cultural contexts.

This studio perspective will be supplemented by ideas from visiting artists, scholars, and crafts people who introduce differing interpretive methodologies and viewpoints. Sculpture Department visits to local museums, galleries and collections, and road trips to major exhibitions such as the Carnegie International, the Whitney Biennial and the Armory Show will be integral to your broad education.



CIA’s personal approach

Applying to a college can be a daunting task. That’s why we believe very strongly in providing a personal approach at this most important time of your life. We encourage you to contact us early in your college search so that we can help you prepare the best possible application.

Contact us and we’ll put you in touch with an Admissions Counselor. They’ll answer any questions you have and confirm if your application and portfolio meet our submission requirements. In addition to your portfolio, you will be assessed on your academic and leadership potential.


CIA accepts students based on rolling admissions and will review completed appplications throughout the academic year. You will be considered automatically for merit scholarships if all of your application materials have been submitted by March 3.

Your Application Includes: 1. The application form (available online at 2. The $30 application fee 3. A personal statement outlining why you’re applying 4. High school/college transcripts 5. A letter of recommendation from an art teacher or counselor 6. Your scores on the SAT or ACT 7. Your portfolio (see page 58 for portfolio requirements and tips)

Important Dates To receive the maximum consideration for admission and merit scholarships, you should adhere to the following application deadlines: Early Action 1: December 2 Early Action 2: January 15 Regular Decision: March 3 To receive maximum consideration for financial aid, your financial aid applications should be submitted by March 15 of the applicable year.

Transfer Student Application Deadlines: • November 15: Regular transfer student decision deadline for spring semester • June 1: Regular transfer student decision deadline for fall semester Visit for more information on applying as a: • First-time freshman • Transfer student • International student • U.S. veteran • Non-degree seeking student


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How to build and submit your portfolio Your portfolio is the cornerstone of your application to the Cleveland Institute of Art and is a significant part of the admission decision. Our Admissions Committee will evaluate your portfolio to assess your technical abilities, conceptual problem-solving skills, and use of your chosen media. You’ve spent a long time preparing for this moment and the following guidelines will help you to create a portfolio that best reflects your work.

Portfolio Review Before you apply, you can schedule an appointment with one of our Admissions Counselors for a preliminary portfolio review. An optional campus visit and appointment with one of our counselors can provide feedback on your current work and guide you as you work toward your best possible portfolio. Building Your Portfolio Your portfolio should include no fewer 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. At least four of those pieces must be drawings (observational drawings are highly recommended, sketchbook work is encouraged). 58

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Observational drawings can include still life, gesture, 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) drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, mixed media, found-object pieces, computer-generated works, illustrations, animations, and clay, metal, or glass objects. Determining a Sequence 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. Relationships in color, media, composition, and concept can link one piece to another and help your portfolio flow cohesively.

Source Material 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.

CD or DVD Portfolio Submission Procedure

Individual files should be in JPEG (jpg) format with a file size not exceeding 1MB each. • Animation or video work must be submitted in either QuickTime (.mov) or Windows Media Video (.wmv), or Audio Video Interleave (.avi) format. • It is preferable that images be assembled and presented in a slide show format, using PowerPoint, Acrobat, Keynote or another slide show application. • Please submit a numbered list in Microsoft Word on the disc with the title, size, medium, and a brief description of each piece. • Please do not stick any labels to the front of the disc; mark directly upon it with permanent marker. •

Submitting Your Portfolio Your portfolio must be submitted online, or in CD or DVD format. If you choose to submit your portfolio online, we will send you online instructions once you start your application process with us. We do not accept actual artwork of any kind.

Photographing your portfolio Go to to learn how to photograph your 2D and 3D work.

Online Submission Procedure Once you begin your application, a counselor from the Office of Admissions will email you a login for uploading your portfolio directly to CIA. If you haven’t received a login within two business days, please contact us at 800.223.4700.


Financing your education Your education is an investment in your future as an artist/designer, and when you enroll at the Cleveland Institute of Art, you’re getting the very best education.

Financial Aid Our Office of Financial Aid is committed to helping you find ways to close the gap between the cost of attending CIA and your ability to fund your education. As you begin to make important choices, please keep in mind: 98% of CIA students receive financial assistance. The U.S. Department of Education publishes a loan repayment default rate for all colleges each year. CIA’s 2011 two-year draft cohort default rate is 2.4%, well below the rates at other art schools and the national cohort default rate, which is 8.8%. This is an indication that CIA graduates are well employed and able to pay back their loans. We work with you to craft a personalized financial aid package that combines grants, scholarships, loans, and work study. Sources of this funding include CIA, federal, state, and private programs. Once you have received an acceptance letter from CIA you may be eligible for federal and state financial aid if you: 60

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• are a U.S. citizen • have a high school diploma or general equivalency credentials (the GED) • have registered for the draft if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 26 (see • maintain satisfactory academic progress • complete the 2014–15 Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA) If you are a U.S. service member or veteran who qualifies for Post-9/11 GI Bill funds, CIA offers a significant amount of matching funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. For details, contact us or visit Determining Your Need-Based Eligibility CIA awards your financial aid package according to your need-based eligibility, which is calculated by subtracting your expected family contribution (EFC) from your cost of attendance (COA). Before you can receive your financial aid award letter, you must be accepted for

admission. Make sure you have submitted all required information to the Admissions Office by their March 3 priority deadline. Our review process for financial aid will begin once we receive one important piece of information: the results of your 2014–15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a federally administered application which can be found at CIA’s FAFSA code is 003982. The priority deadline to submit the FAFSA is no later than March 1, 2014. The FAFSA process is based on a standard formula established by Congress and is used as a measure of your family’s financial strength. Because your award is based on your EFC and the date your FAFSA is received by the U.S. Department of Education, it is important to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible.

Financial Aid Statistics

99% of incoming freshman enrolling for 2013 –14 received financial assistance

96% of incoming freshman enrolling for 2013 –14 received scholarships

The average financial aid package for CIA’s 2012 incoming class was $32,643

55% of 2013 accepted students received a CIA merit scholarship of $15,000 or more

Resources for Additional Tuition Support CIA–funded financial aid is just one avenue of support that you can apply to your overall tuition costs. You can pursue funding through private scholarships, state and federally funded financial aid programs, and private education loan programs. A list of those opportunities are below; check our website for details.

CIA Merit Scholarships External Scholarships Ohio College Opportunity Grant Federal Pell Grant Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant* • CIA Grants • William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan • William D. Ford Federal Direct PLUS Loan • Federal Perkins Loan* • Federal Work-Study* • • • • •

*Awarded only to students accepted for admission by March 15 and those who have submitted the 2014–15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 15.


See for yourself Visit us! It’s not required, but we encourage it and welcome the opportunity to meet you and review your portfolio in person. When you visit, you can tour our campus, meet our faculty, and see our students at work in their own studio spaces.


“When I came here for a visit and saw the work they were doing, I knew that was the kind of work I want to do.” Mike Miller ’12 Illustration

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• 520 students from across the globe • 8:1 student to faculty ratio • 8,000 students who share our campus

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in University Circle • Location: Cleveland, Ohio • Accreditation + Membership:

The Cleveland Institute of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD).

Majors Animation Biomedical Art Ceramics Drawing Game Design Glass Graphic Design Illustration Industrial Design Interior Architecture Jewelry+Metals Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture

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15 miles from Cleveland Hopkins Airport 4 miles from I–90, I–77, I–71 10 miles from I–271 4 miles from downtown Cleveland

Campus Map 1 Gund Building About half of CIA’s major studios are located here, as well as the Reinberger Galleries and the Cinematheque. 2 Joseph McCullough Center The JMC, a former Ford Model T factory, houses many of our student studio spaces and liberal arts classrooms.       3 We are building a new residence hall, slated to open Fall 2014, just a half block from the JMC.

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