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Cleveland Institute of Art Creativity Matters



World-class faculty Real-world experience Urban cultural center International alumni Cross-disciplinary Internships Small class sizes Your own studio Personal attention Collaborations Social engagement Creativity Matters

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

Cleveland Institute of Art

Our unparalleled combination of access to world-class faculty, core curriculum, cultural community, and connections to real-world experience, offers a select, diverse student body an education that can’t be matched in the United States.

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Biomedical Art major Josh Maxwell partnered with three regional organizations to design an exhibition that discusses the role of the environment in the Great Lakes.


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. The word “core” comes from the Latin “cor” for “heart.” At the heart of CIA is an energetic culture of world-class faculty mentorship, academic and studio rigor, cutting-edge curriculum, and our core values. The connections come in all shapes and sizes but all underscore CIA’s commitment to building better futures by engaging students in: n community-based learning n real-world projects, and n social practices in art and design. This begins with your very first semester in our freshman year Foundation program and continues throughout your education here. You’ll experience our Cores + Connections through courses, extracurricular activities, and internships. All made possible by more than 200 external partnerships!

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At the heart: Our faculty

Matthew Hollern who chairs Jewelry + Metals, is nationally recognized for teaching traditional techniques as well as the newest digital technologies.

With a faculty to student ratio of 9:1, 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’s studio faculty are engaged in regional, national, and/or international arenas, with projects ranging from a local effort to build designers’ workstations out of wood reclaimed from abandoned houses, to producing independent films that travel to film festivals worldwide. Students also richly benefit from the global perspectives of CIA’s accomplished Liberal Arts faculty members, who are art historians, writers, researchers, and other scholars of the humanities.

Extended classroom

CIA’s Cores + Connections extend instruction far beyond the CIA campus classroom.

Internationally recognized artist Christian Wullfen works with students in the Cleveland Museum of Art armor court.

On any given day, you might see CIA students observing and illustrating surgery at University Hospitals, sketching at Cleveland Botanical Garden, touring behind-the-scenes workings of New York galleries, conducting research at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, analyzing original works of art at the Cleveland Museum of Art, drawing portraits of patients at a dialysis clinic, using a laser cutter at Case Western Reserve University’s think[box] maker facility, or studying abroad.

Real-world experience

Through courses, extracurricular activities, and internships, students connect to real-world experiences every school year. Recent examples include students consulting for the world-class Cleveland Museum of Art and Cleveland City Hall, creating 3D animations for a medical school study-guide app, redesigning the county seal, participating in a professional exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, designing orthopedic surgery instruments for a leading medical technology company, and building an offsite wood-burning kiln. All before graduation.

CIA Game Design students Helen Su, left, and Natilya Ratcliff give CIA Vice President Chris Whittey a tour of NASA, where they spent the summer designing educational video games.

Virtual connectivity

CIA students were invited to participate in a program called Dialogue Cafe, a simulcast where they discussed art making with peers in Paris, London and São Paolo.

CIA’s Cores + Connections extend instruction far beyond the CIA campus classroom. 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 can include distance learning experiences that connect CIA students with communities around the world.

Cores + Connections in context

CIA’s Cores + Connections help build the skills and confidence students say they need to seize real-world opportunities that develop in their daily lives. CIA is committed to helping students connect their considerable art + design knowledge with on-theground skills in partnering with others to solve real-world problems. In the process, students truly engage 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.

Painting major Brittany Filko defends her BFA thesis, a public presentation of work that prepares CIA students for professional interaction.

Creativity matters

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to our students The Cleveland Institute of Art offers programs of study in fine art, design, craft, and integrated media. You enter your major as a sophomore and spend three intense years building skills and mastering techniques. CIA faculty will also encourage you to develop a wider perspective by experimenting with media outside your major through interdisciplinary study. Learn about our majors from our students.


Students from our Game Design, Animation and Biomedical Art departments collaborated with music composition majors from the Cleveland Institute of Music to create animations designed to be projected onto a 360-degree planetarium dome at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Breathe life into a 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 into motion. 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. 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.

You want to tell a story.


Did you take a lot of art classes in high school?

I took a lot of art classes in middle school and high school. I’m thankful for the teacher I had there; she pushed us. Because of the work she made us do, I did have a good enough portfolio to apply to this school.

Why is having your own studio important to your education? And how about interaction with classmates, is that important to your education?

I think they’re both important because you need a computer and you need your own space whenever you need to work. Interacting with classmates is always good because you can bounce ideas off each other and just have a good time. I enjoy looking at other classmates’ work; it provides inspiration.

What made you choose to focus on animation?

I like cartoons and I like playing video games so Animation and Game Design were the two majors I explored.

“Faculty here really want you to succeed.”


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You can’t decide between being a doctor and being an artist. Explore the natural world, and use your creativity. CIA’s Biomedical Art program combines applied art, science, and technology to create visual education materials on scientific and medical topics. Based on the traditional field of scientific and medical illustration, our curriculum incorporates leading-edge digital media techniques, interactivity, and animation. You’ll learn how to blend your artistic talent with knowledge of natural science, a biomedical intellect, and strong visual communication skills. Our graduates work in hospitals, publishers, museums, pharmaceutical companies, and law firms. They’re helping patients understand illness. They’re creating animations about how our bodies work. They’re designing museum installations about the cosmos.




Why did you choose to attend an art + design school?

What made you choose biomedical art?

I actually was against going to an art and design school; I wanted to go to a large, liberal arts college, major in art, and have a “normal” college experience. But as I got closer to choosing a university, I realized that a school geared toward art would equip me with the tools needed to navigate the design world after graduation.

I intended to major in an integrated media field. During freshman year, I realized how much I want to educate, especially about the sciences. This opened up a whole new world for me. I felt the need to jump at the chance to work in the field of scientific illustration.

What made you choose CIA?

Location and size were major factors. In University Circle, we’re barely a 10-minute walk from resources like art museums and botanical gardens, and from social hubs like Little Italy.

“CIA’s intimate size also ensures time is being spent evaluating each student’s art.”

Biomedical Art

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You crave getting your hands dirty. Learn the art and the science of working with clay. In CIA’s Ceramics Department, you’ll make both works of sculpture and works of utility. 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 gas kilns, eight electric kilns, and a raku kiln. Internships earn students valuable real-world experience, and connections to career paths after graduation. Our alumni go on to successful careers as studio artists and 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.


“I love having my own studio.”

What made you choose CIA?

My senior year of high school I would drive into Cleveland and pay for life drawing classes at CIA. My high school art teacher encouraged us to do so, and living roughly thirty minutes away made it possible. The more I came, the more I fell in love with the campus and the school. What made you choose ceramics?

It was hard not to choose ceramics. I originally came to the school for drawing. Freshman year I took the craft elective since I enjoyed working in clay during high school so much and enjoy working with my hands. Being in the Ceramics department felt like home. I got to know (Professor) Judith Salomon really well and it just sealed it. The faculty, the fellow students and all-encompassing curriculum that they teach was the most interesting thing I found here.


Have you had any internships?

I had a summer internship as a studio assistant for a ceramic artist. I got to see what she does every day, how she manages her time, and I learned about everything involved with art fairs and studio work. I’m glad I was able to do this.

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You always have a pencil in your hand.

Define your aesthetic identity and challenge your vision and resourcefulness. As a drawing major, you’ll use traditional and nontraditional materials as well as unconventional tools to master a visual vocabulary that includes scale, proportion, perspective, composition, line, mass, and modeling. You’ll form a research process and the development of source material. Then you’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.


Did you take a lot of art classes in high school?

What made you choose to focus on drawing?

I took general art classes throughout high school. My instructor encouraged me to keep signing up for her classes, an offer I was more than happy to accept.

I was seduced by the openness of the studio spaces, along with the work that the upperclassmen were producing.

What made you choose CIA?

CIA was the only school that met the criteria I had set. It had variety in all applied areas, and students here have access to a plethora of resources, including Case Western Reserve University. Two of my siblings had attended Case, so I was privileged to have had various tours during my visits here in Cleveland.

Is having your own studio important to your education?

Having a personal space where one can produce work, and do their own research, while brainstorming ideas, is a beautiful part of being a student at CIA. It helps me stay focused as I continue to immerse myself into my practice. It’s also convenient that CIA offers each student his or her own space where we’re left to produce with little to no disturbances.

“I was seduced by the openness of the studio spaces.” Drawing

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You know that gaming is serious business.

Create the games everyone will want to play. As a Game Design major at CIA, you’ll 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. 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. Our graduates are working as modelers, programmers, game writers, riggers, character designers, animators, and FX animators.

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“I knew I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I did something ordinary.”

Why did you choose to attend an art + design school?

I chose an art + design school because I knew I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I did something ordinary. Someone once told me that we artists don’t identify as whatever career path we choose; we identify as artists, above all. And for some odd reason, ever since I was a kid, I dreamed about going to art school, so I guess you could say I’ve always been art school bound. What made you choose game design?

I came to CIA for Game Design. I felt like it was a perfect blend of everything I liked artistically, and everything I was good at, academically, logically.

Game Design

Is having your own studio important to your education? And how about interaction with classmates, is that important to your education?

Being in Game Design, having a studio space is imperative. Our major requires a wide skill set. Having a place to quickly store all of my files, a place that’s mine, is incredibly convenient. Also, I’m constantly surrounded by like-minded individuals who can quickly critique my work, which speeds up workflow. What’s crazy is that most schools don’t provide studio spaces; I’m incredibly grateful for mine.

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You like to create with fire. Combine traditional craftsmanship with new forms of expression. While working in traditional methods of design and craftsmanship CIA Glass professors encourage experimentation with new forms of expression. This commitment to the art form has earned them national and international recognition. As a student in the Glass Department, your education 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 higher-level courses, you’ll take on independent study and research that is individually tailored to your developing voice. 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.


“Interaction with the material is really important to my process.�

amanda Did you take a lot of art classes in high school?

I don’t know if I took any, actually. My school was very centered on liberal arts. I don’t come from a family that makes things, so I made things in my spare time. What made you choose CIA?

There were a number of reasons. CIA is one of the few colleges in the nation that offer glass as a BFA. They also offer significant funding in scholarships and grants. Finally, my instructor, and strongest influence, for the 2010 eight-week glass concentration at Penland School of Crafts, graduated from CIA. So I figured there must have been something special about the place.


Is having your own studio important to your education? And how about interaction with classmates, is that important to your education?

As a craft environment major, it is extremely important to have my own studio. We have to store many different materials, including the objects we make, molds, tools, etc. While blowing glass, you work with a partner, so interaction with classmates is a large part of the process.

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Integrate words and images. As a graphic design major, you’ll explore both innovative and traditional methods of communication design including typography, print and web design, package design, and signage. 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. 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, and bookmaking-letterpress studios. Taking courses across disciplines will keep your creative juices flowing, and allow you to explore new ways to communicate your message.

You communicate visually.




Why did you choose to attend an art + design school?

I wanted to do something different from the rest of my family. More importantly, here I get to do what I truly want and am good at, without feeling regret. What made you choose CIA?

CIA met my top three requirements: It has a beautiful campus, friendly professors, and, last but not least, very talented, but also very humble, classmates.

Graphic Design

Is having your own studio important to your education? And how about interaction with classmates, is that important to your education?

Yes. It’s like your second home. It’s where you can get your work done, hang out, sleep, relax, and create so many awesome things that only an art student could think of. Sharing space with upper classmen is a great opportunity. They share lots of good tips and “tricks” to help me improve my work. CIA is all about learning from everyone, not just your professor or instructor.

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You want to draw for clients. Tell a story with images. In the Illustration Department, you’ll learn how to envision thoughts, conceptualize ideas, and express these ideas through imagery. You’ll gain confidence in your ability 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. 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.


cassie Why did you choose to attend an art + design school?

What made you choose to major in Illustration?

One day, I saw my art teacher painting at his desk something in a similar format as a watercolor painting I had recently done, and I asked why. He told me he was inspired by what I had done. My French teacher also wrote a beautiful poem in response to one of my paintings. That’s when I knew I could do it.

I came into CIA wanting to sculpt, but found the idea of the fine arts too ‘concept driven’ for me. I was interested in working with and for other people. I’m a total Illustration misfit, but I think I bring something to the table. Is having your own studio important to your education?

It’s very helpful in projecting yourself to your classmates and faculty in a way that goes beyond face-to-face. I believe I’ll always need some kind of studio. It just helps get you ready to get down to business.

“It’s essential to bounce your ideas and experience off of someone who is going through a similar journey.”


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industrial design Turn problems into design opportunities. Consistently ranked as one of the top programs in the country, CIA’s Industrial Design major educates graduates who are working at the top of their field. CIA’s Industrial Design program is rooted in a rigorous curriculum where each project is centered on research, conceptualization, and refinement. Our approach will help you build a strong understanding of the profession: the innovation process, users, market forces, manufacturing, sustainability, and business practices. You’ll understand problems and opportunities, broadly explore concepts, and critically evaluate and refine solutions. Classes take place in an open studio, similar to a professional design studio, comprising individual student studios and collaboration spaces. You’ll have easy access to cutting-edge computer technology, shop facilities, presentation rooms, project rooms, and rapid prototyping.

You want to design something that will change the world


What made you choose CIA?

I chose CIA because of the strength of its Design major. I also loved the surrounding areas, such as the museums and Little Italy. What made you choose to focus in design?

I chose design because you get to see your thoughts and ideas develop into actual products that many others will get to enjoy. You also get to apply your creative mind to new technologies.

Is having your own studio important to your education?

Having your own studio is one of the most important things about your education at CIA. You get to continuously socialize and help fellow students, even when you’re not in a class. Have you had any internships?

I have interned at The Little Tikes Company and Hasbro. Both were very positive experiences and gave me the chance to apply what I have learned at school as well as learn new things from experience that you can’t get at school.

“I never could picture myself going to a traditional university.”

Industrial Design

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interior architecture

Design branded experiences.

We’re not choosing the throw pillows. We emphasize commercial, retail, architectural, and spatial design in CIA’s Interior Architecture Department. 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, healthcare centers, car dealerships, museum space, or exhibition and showroom space.

Our students often secure summer internships, as well as part-time work in the Northeast Ohio design market. Many of these internships, as well as handson projects during your schooling lead to careers in architectural firms, retail and restaurant design.

You want to create the space.

“I’ve played violin since I was three, so both art and music were a big part of my high school career.”

Why did you choose to attend an art + design school?

I was inspired by my girlfriend. She had just finished her first year and told me to apply to CIA. The rest is history. What made you choose CIA?

Talking to family about it let me know I was in for something special. My aunt is an admissions counselor at a private high school in Texas, and I was shocked to find out that she and a majority of her colleagues recommended CIA to arts-focused students!

Interior Architecture

What made you choose to focus on design?

The department chair, Mike Gollini. I was unsure which facet of design to go into, but after speaking with Mike, I chose to go with Interior Architecture. He was so direct and to the point, and he listed out the goals he had for us.

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You love the bling. Make a one-of-a-kind piece, or design for mass production. You’ll work with both traditional and digital processes to grow as an artist and designer of jewelry, fashion, accessories, functional objects, and sculpture. A thorough understanding of techniques and materials is fundamental to your development as an artist. 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. Faculty provide individual attention and are committed to teaching you the latest in jewelry and metalwork, including opportunities to learn about material studies using computer-aided design (CAD), 3D modeling and 3D printing. Our graduates are working in nationally recognized design studios, running their own businesses, and teaching in distinguished programs across the country.

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“I am now able to see something and figure out how it is made.”

Why did you choose to attend an art + design school?

I figured that if I was going to go to college, I wanted to really enjoy what I was doing there. Besides art, I wasn’t sold on anything else. Any other career I thought of was just something that would make money, and I realized that I’d rather love what I did than go through the motions of anything else. What made you choose to focus in jewelry + metals?

I chose to take the craft elective freshman year, where I was able to make things in ceramics, glass, enamel, and metal. I am now able to see something and figure out how it is made. It’s a rewarding feeling to think you know how to do something, and then find that you actually did it.


Is having your own studio important to your education? And how about interaction with classmates, is that important to your education?

Having my own studio makes CIA feel like a second home. I know that I have a place here, and I can do whatever I choose. Being able to have a dialogue with classmates allows everyone involved to bounce ideas off each other, and allows for greater knowledge. Others will give you a different perspective, tell you something you don’t know, and teach you how to work within a community.

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You make poetry with a paintbrush. Join a long tradition of successful CIA painters. In the Painting Department, 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. 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. Our graduates are represented by galleries across the country, working in museums and galleries, and teaching in prestigious programs nationally.


ryan Did you take a lot of art classes in high school?

In my first two years of high school, I took a few. The last two years of high school, I went to a vocational school to study engineering design. What made you choose painting?

I was originally going to choose illustration. Secretly, I wanted to go into painting. I talked to a few professors and students about both majors, and felt that if I wanted to be pushed, painting would take me there.

Is having your own studio important to your education? And how about interaction with classmates, is that important to your education?

I didn’t appreciate my studio space during my first year in painting. I commuted, so I would always work at home. The problem with that was, I wasn’t putting myself in the environment that I should have been in. I turned things around near the end of the year. Junior and senior years, the studio became my home. Interaction with classmates became better, and so did my education. Being honest with yourself and being in your studio are two of the most important things I’ve learned through my studio practice.

“I knew I wanted to challenge myself to become better as an artist.”

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You focus on art.

Make images that transform how we see the world. Focus on 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. 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. If you choose the video track within the photography major, you’ll learn professional-level skills in time-based narratives, digital cinema, sound, motion, and sequence-generated content.



“I needed to be in an environment where everyone is as passionate about art as I am.”

Did you take a lot of art classes in high school?

I took a Digital Arts course in 10th grade, and an Intro to Photo course my senior year. My high school has a literary and art magazine, called Stylus. I submitted some work to it in 10th grade, and in 11th grade I became editor-in-chief. I learned a lot about art through working on Stylus. Why did you choose to attend an art + design school?

I tried out a few universities, but when I asked questions about their art and design programs, there really wasn’t that much information. I realized that I wanted and needed to be in an environment where everyone was as passionate about art as I am.


What made you choose CIA?

I wanted my college experience to be a completely new journey, but the school had to be exceptional, too. I chose CIA because it was located in a large enough city, and the curricula for my areas of interest sounded amazing. The alumni list was also impressive. What made you choose to major in photography?

I came into CIA knowing I wanted to be a photo major. The faculty in my department are all so invested in sharing their knowledge with every student they have, and they’re all very talented artists themselves.

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You make a good impression. Work in multiples.


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. 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 first-hand professional galleries and exhibitions such as the Whitney Biennial and the Armory Show. In our Professional Practices program you’ll develop a professional portfolio, grant-writing skills, and the skill necessary to successfully approach dealers, curators, and collectors.


Why did you choose to attend an art + design school?

I began researching art and design schools when I was a freshman in high school. I was eager to be immersed in an environment with other students just as dedicated as I am. What made you choose CIA?

I was introduced to CIA in 2007. My mother had taken me to see the Monet in Normandy exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art that day. And when we were leaving CMA, she took me to CIA’s Student Independent Exhibition, which was on view. I remember being infatuated with all of these art objects. I chose to attend the Cleveland Institute of Art because it engulfs you in this comfortable, warm feeling.

Is having your own studio important to your education? And how about interaction with classmates, is that important to your education?

I am beyond grateful to belong to an institution that encourages the development of our studio practices. Having a studio space that we each can call our own encourages young artists and designers to learn how we function best. I think it is important to emphasize that you will learn from the interactions you have with your fellow students. The people you meet now will be joining you upon graduation into the ’real world,’ and we will also be joining everyone else who has also attended an art school.

“CIA had exactly what I wanted.”


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You like to build things. Explore the creative potential of material, space, and time-based forms. Sculpture comes down from the pedestal in CIA’s Sculpture + Expanded Media Department. Here, you’ll engage your mind and your hands in courses that present both theory and practice; conceptual development and hands-on work. 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. Our graduates have successful studio practices, and work as curators, gallery managers, and preparators.

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“I couldn’t see myself doing anything but art for the rest of my life.”

What made you choose CIA? I have family out here, and once I came to the school, the teachers and the people around, really pushed me to become a better artist. What made you choose your major? It had the most openness out of all the schools that I had applied to, and would really allow me to explore a wide range of ways of making art. That has been important to me in my time at CIA.

Sculpture+Expanded Media

Is having your own studio important to your education? And how about interaction with classmates, is that important to your education? The studio practice and the relationships I’ve built at CIA have been invaluable; they push me to make art, and not just to do so when I’m in my classes. And the interactions with, not only classmates, but teachers and people from the arts community in Cleveland, always help me push my art, and to connect a lot of dots in my understanding of art.

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Laying a solid foundation.

CIA’s Foundation program will introduce you to the core concepts, methods, and media 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. 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. 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 and design areas. The elective provides exposure to help you make an informed choice about your major and your future career path.

Drawing with painter, author and CIA graduate Timothy Callaghan.


Convey a point of view informed by the world’s diverse communities

Our Liberal Arts curriculum will develop your understanding of many cultures of our world— both past and present—and enable you to explore the importance of these ideas to the growth of your creative life. 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, you’ll read in your English classes about ancient and medieval philosophy and culture while also taking a course in Ancient and Medieval History of Art. Liberal Arts studies in the humanities and sciences dynamically engage the entire constellation of art and design practices at the Institute. Our curriculum will prepare you for a creative career based on an informed investment in historical and cultural ideas, including the scientific, the literary, and the social. You’ll graduate with an understanding of diverse cultures, ready to adapt to the changing global business and social contexts to which you will contribute.

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Picture yourself

at CIA The CIA experience is more than the sum of its parts. Internationally renowned faculty teaching in stateof-the-art facilities. Your own studio to create in, and a network of alumni across the world. World-class cultural institutions. A true foodie city. Great music scene. Campus clubs and activities that span the seasons. Cool neighborhoods and galleries. A renaissance city. You’ll want to be a part of it.

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

Barry Underwood (right) returns this fall after a year away on sabbatical, having created work for three exhibitions in New York, San Francisco, and Denmark. Barry partnered with the US National Park Service to use national parks as backdrops for his other-worldly light installations.

9:1 Student to Faculty Ratio Learn in a studio or classroom, not a lecture hall. Faculty come to you, visiting your studio space and instructing one-on-one. This personal attention builds a mentorship-apprenticeship model unlike any other art and design school in the country.

Urban Cultural Hub You have to see our campus to believe it. CIA students benefit from a neighborhood known as University Circle, that sits in the heart of Cleveland’s cultural district, with a unique mix of students and professionals from renowned educational, cultural, and healthcare institutions. We’re a creative community of 550 students on an energetic urban campus of more than 8,000 students from surrounding colleges.

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland’s new gem-shaped building is right across the street from our new Uptown Residence Hall.

Your Own Studio Once you enter your major (in your sophomore year) you move into your own personal studio space, next to your peers and all the tools, technology, and resources you’ll need for creative work.

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Clockwise from above Poppies Viktor Schreckengost ’29 Arthur Marc Brown ’69 Portable medical tablet device Chris Lenart ’91 Avian Pair Marc Petrovic ’91 Hop Dana Schutz ’00 Transformer Wesley Burt ’04 2013 SRT Viper Scott Krugger ’01 Ryan Nagode ’03

Network of accomplished alumni Their work changes the way we look at the world. From designers of cars, jewelry, graphics, products and video games, to visionary painters, cutting-edge animators and concept artists, CIA students go on to amazing careers. And they form an extensive network of creative professionals.

Ford Nissan Saks Fifth Avenue Electronic Arts Massive Black Hallmark Cleveland Clinic Moen Museum of Modern Art Spa Magazine Nottingham-Spirk Balance MTD Fisher Price University Hospitals Hasbro Essential Design VOCON Visual Evidence Heather Moore Jewelry NASA Limited Brands Guess? WD Partners Design Forum Miller Zell Epstein Design Faber-Castell USA Lesley Anton Studio Walt Disney Company North Water Partners IGT Digital Kitchen Duck Studios WKYC-TV EDR Media Glazen Creative National Geographic California Academy of Sciences Cleveland Clinic Dittrick Medical History Center Cleveland Museum of Natural History Fuseproject J Crew Simbionix Inc. Athersys Inc. LACHINA Inc. CardioInsight Inc. Pixologic Inc. Evidence Store Inc. Kohler Honda Artistic Tile Dansk KleinReid Facebook Moravian Tile Works Pewabic Pottery Isaac Mizrahi

Your home: Uptown

“A new center of gravity for the city.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer

We’ve opened the Uptown Residence Hall, a brand new home for our first-year students in the heart of our campus neighborhood. Designed in consultation with CIA students, Uptown features suites with kitchenettes and two bedrooms connected by a shared workspace. The common work area— outfitted with drafting tables— underscores our philosophy of encouraging collaboration.

Beyond your suite, you’ll enjoy an onsite print center; free laundry facilities; workout machines overlooking MOCA Cleveland; lounges; decks; street-level retail including a commercial bowling alley; and fabulous views of MOCA, the downtown skyline, and Lake Erie.

University Circle: World-class cultural hub 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 shops and restaurants right outside the doors of 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.

Step out of the studio

You’ll find clubs, community service, celebrations, outings, 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. We organize trips to Cleveland Indians games and make free tickets available to the Cleveland Orchestra and local theater and dance companies. Existing student activities range from Community Service Club; to Game Club; to SIE, the group that organizes the annual Student Independent Exhibition. 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.

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our portfolio Our faculty and students are making work that matters— real-world projects that demonstrate creative problem solving. Personal work that shares what is important and relevant to your generation. And work that will effect change. Enjoy looking at some recent work by faculty and students.

Launch your

future at CIA The journey to your dream career starts with a few simple steps. The first one: applying to colleges that seem like the best fit. CIA should be on your short list. Our combination of faculty, facilities, curriculum, connections, and neighborhood can’t be beat. Apply today.

Applying for admission

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 applications throughout the academic year. You will be considered automatically for merit scholarships if all of your application materials have been submitted by March 2.

Contact us


Phone 800.223.4700


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

Your application includes: 1. The application form: available online at 2. The $40 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: upload online at

Owning 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 include 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). Observational drawings can include still life, gesture, figure drawing, portraits, and landscape.

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, photographs, prints, sculptures, mixed media, found-object pieces, computergenerated works, illustrations, animations, and clay, metal, or glass objects. 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.

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.

Photographing your portfolio Learn how to photograph your 2D and 3D work at

Funding your education

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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. 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. 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.

FAFSA Cleveland Institute of Art’s school code is 003928. Apply online at

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). Your EFC is based on the results of your FAFSA; apply as soon as possible in 2015. The FAFSA is based on a standard formula established by Congress and is used as a measure of your family’s financial strength. Before you can receive your financial aid award package letter, you must be accepted for admission. Make sure you have submitted all required information to the Admissions Office by their March 2 priority deadline.

Financial Aid Statistics

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. n n n n n n n n n n

CIA Merit Scholarships External Scholarships Ohio College Opportunity Grant CIA Grants* Federal Pell Grant Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant 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 2015–16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 15.

Veterans benefits 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

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96% of incoming freshmen enrolling for 2014–15 received financial assistance

The average financial aid package for CIA’s 2014 incoming class was $31,238

93% of incoming freshmen enrolling for 2014–15 received scholarships

61% of 2014 accepted students received a CIA merit scholarship of $15,000 or more

2014–15 tuition is $35,270

Seeing is believing

Attend Portfolio Day Sat Oct 11 Attend Open House Sat Nov 15 Sat Mar 21 Schedule a personal visit!

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.

Taking next steps Don’t hesitate to call— our admissions counselors are here to help.



Schedule a visit. A picture can only show you so much. Schedule a personal visit, or attend an open house, where you can get a tour of our campus, meet faculty and students, and have an admissions counselor answer any questions you have. For more information, visit

Apply for admission. You can apply online and submit your portfolio online— but if you prefer to submit via mail (or in person), just contact an admissions counselor. For more information, visit


Fill out the FAFSA. If you’re planning to apply for financial aid, or are interested in scholarships or other need-based aid, complete the FAFSA as soon as you can in 2015.

For more information, visit

Cleveland Institute of Art 11141 East Boulevard Cleveland OH 44106 800.223.4700

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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).

Cover illustration by Lyndsey Vu, a 2014 Cleveland Institute of Art graduate. Read about Lyndsey at

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CIA Senior Viewbook 2014-15  
CIA Senior Viewbook 2014-15