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Cleveland Institute of Art Creativity Matters

Majoring in both painting and drawing, Anastasia Soboleva is shown below working in her studio on this year’s cover work. Read more about Anastasia at

The Cleveland Institute of Art’s unparalleled combination of core strengths and our connections to real-world engaged practice best prepares you for the skills you’ll need in the 21st century— creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication.

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.

Our core strengths include: n mentorship from world-class faculty n studio and academic rigor n cutting-edge curriculum, and n extensive state-of-the-art facilities

Our established network of connections will engage you in: n hands-on learning beyond the classroom n real-world professional projects (for real-world clients) n collaboration on creative solutions to real community needs, and n asserting your artistic voice in the public sphere

At the heart: Our faculty With a student to faculty 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 creating animations for Pixar and Disney, to creating a giant inflatable sculpture for a national art exhibition. Students also richly benefit from the global perspectives of CIA’s accomplished Liberal Arts faculty members, who are art historians, authors, researchers, and other scholars of the humanities.

Seth Nagelberg, chair, Ceramics, brings over 25 years of experience in ceramic design to his teaching practice.

Extended classroom

Lincoln Adams reviews a sketch at CIA neighbor Cleveland Museum of Natural History for a drawing session.

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

Engaged practices in art and design

What may best set CIA apart from other art schools across the country is its commitment to Engaged Practice. Engaged Practice provides students opportunities to learn through experience by working on real projects with external partners or clients, or in the public sphere—all before graduation. CIA believes these skills are so critical to your success—for yourself and for the world—that we have an Engaged Practice graduation requirement. You may meet this requirement through an internship or a class project.

Students were invited to conduct demonstrations with Printmaking department chair Maggie Denk-Leigh at Cleveland Museum of Art’s annual Print Fair.

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, participating in a professional exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, designing orthopedic surgery instruments for a leading medical technology company, and building a wood-burning kiln. All before graduation.

Animation students collaborated with music students from the Cleveland Institute of Music to create in-theround animations that were presented in the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s 360-degree planetarium.

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.

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

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 the same courses during the fall semester. This ensures that you’re learning the right skills at the time that will be most beneficial to your development as an artist. You’ll receive rigorous training in the fundamentals: drawing, design, color, and art history and writing. From the start, you’ll begin honing techniques you came in with and discovering new ones. 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.

Building a foundation for success.

During the Foundation year, you’ll also begin thinking about how you will focus the rest of your CIA career. Some of you begin CIA with an idea of what you want to study; most of you just want to explore. The Foundation year is designed for exploration! Throughout the fall semester, you’ll have opportunities to learn about all our majors. Taking advantage of these are critical, as you think about and prepare your portfolio to apply to a major in the spring semester. Look for teachers who’ll inspire you, and whose thinking complements (or challenges!) your own. In the spring, you’ll submit a portfolio to the departments you wish to pursue. Don’t let this stress you: Often the jobs you’ll get after graduation depend less on the major on your diploma and more on the breadth of your portfolio and experiences. Regardless of which area you wish to study, we encourage you to explore studio classes in other departments. Interdisciplinary studies broaden the skills and knowledge you bring to your practice, and to your career.

“I came to CIA thinking I wanted to go into Illustration, because that’s all I knew in high school. But once I met the faculty in Printmaking, I realized I could do everything I wanted there. It was a much better choice, for me.”

—Clotilde Jimenez ’13 Artist Printmaking major

“Painting taught me to conceptualize, visualize and apply myself in freeform creative situations.”

—Kevin Geiger ’89 Vice President, Disney China Painting major


Cleveland has made the list of places Mark Rubelowsky can call “home.” After moving from New Jersey to Illinois and making several stops around the state, Rubelowsky’s interest was sparked by architecture. After graduating just last year from University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in architectural engineering and a minor in interior design, he’s back in the classroom—this time studying art. While on a quick trip to Cleveland with his dad, Rubelowsky wandered into the Cleveland Institute of Art, met with an admissions counselor, and made the decision to apply. “I think I did architecture because that’s what I thought I was supposed to do. I wanted to make money and I liked building things,” Rubelowsky said. “But what I really wanted to do was go to art school. I love it here. All of my classes seem relevant.”

One of the biggest surprises, he said, is how open to helping everyone is. “I was making a stop motion video and wasn’t sure how to edit it, so I stopped in one of the visual arts offices and a professor just showed me how to do it.” “I came in planning to study interior architecture, thinking that I wanted to build on my previous minor.” But when he saw the glass studios, and the work being done there, he was hooked. “I realized I want to make things with my hands. I need that physicality. And I can build on my design skills in a completely different way than I thought when I started.”

“What I really wanted to do was go to art school. I love it here.”


Mark, from Hattiesburg, MS

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to our students 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 each of our majors from our students. >>


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.

Nick Orsi, from Disney Animation Studios, visited our Animation department to discuss his latest film.


“We are constantly learning new techniques or new ways to tell a story.”

How did you decide to become an Animation major? Choosing my major was really difficult because I kind of wanted to do a little bit of everything. I chose illustration at first, then ended up switching to animation. The staff here were very nice in helping me getting situated, and changing majors, and making sure animation was the right place for me to be. How has the CIA faculty helped you? The faculty we have here at CIA are some of the most dedicated faculty I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. For example, Hal Lewis will sit down with you for an hour if you need help working on your 3-D model. Hal was a 3-D modeler at Disney.

Jordan from South Euclid, OH

What does it mean to have your own studio space? The studio space is what I like to call my home away from home. It’s a place to come and relax if you need to, or if you are stuck on a project, you can come here and think about it for a while and sketch out some ideas. We do have computer labs downstairs for animation, but the studio space up here is a place to work on our tactile work, or just brainstorm ideas if we need to. Tell us about your internship? I currently have an internship with Case’s [School of Nursing], working with their biomedical team. I work on a patient simulator. It helps guide patients through the whole hospital process. It walks them through checking in, learning what to say, and what to ask their doctors. I’m doing 3-D modeling, environments, textures, and character animation.

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.



What brought you to CIA? I chose to study at CIA because it’s one of the few schools that offer biomedical art as an undergraduate program. It was a really unique program that combines my interests in art and science. What processes do you use for making your work? Most of the work I make is done digitally, so either painting or sketching or drawing in Photoshop or Illustrator. Before I came here I was a little bit familiar with Photoshop, but hadn’t done any digital painting. Besides your major, what other classes stand out as favorite? One of my favorite classes was a bookmaking class. It’s something I’d never done before. In every class, we were making one, two or three books per day as well as our individual projects, and it was really challenging but it’s something I enjoy doing on my own now.

Gabrielle from Austin, TX

Have you had any internships? Our sophomore year, we were introduced to several projects through the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. We had a project with the invertebrate zoology department, and that was something I particularly had a lot of fun doing. My junior year, I pursued an internship at the museum. I talked to my department head and the museum and the school to see if I could set up a program to work at the museum and get [school] credit. I created illustrations based on new species of praying mantises. I worked there about a year, which is nice, because I can say I have a year of experience there when I look for jobs.

“You don’t feel intimidated going up and asking faculty for help or to get suggestions about your work.”



Learn the art and 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, 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.

Master ceramicist Yasuhisa Kohyama spent two weeks in a residency with our students, demonstrating techniques from Japan.

What were the biggest surprises for you coming to CIA? I was surprised by CIA’s facilities for ceramics. It’s more than I ever could have imagined. In high school we had a small kiln that was electric. We didn’t have gas kilns or the opportunity to do wood-firing, or Raku-firing, or anything like that. And I’ve really been surprised by how much I’ve learned about things like making different kinds of clay, and the science and chemistry behind ceramics.

Tell us about your internship. I was in contact with several galleries in the Cleveland area and I realized that I was interested in creating my own work, curating my own work, and exhibiting my own work. I want to do all three and gain professional experience with an established gallery and the broader artistic community of CIA. That’s why I wanted to reach out to Brick Ceramic and Design Studio. It’s run by Val Grossman, who graduated from CIA in ceramics a few years ago [2012]. I wanted to work with Val and be one of the first artists to exhibit in her new gallery space. How do you make such a rigorous internship schedule fit in with all of your other work? It’s a lot of scheduling and pre-planning on my end, but I have to keep busy. It’s been challenging but I’m really excited for the opportunities I’ve been able to pursue. It’s difficult but it’s what I love.

“The deciding factor for ceramics was the faculty. I really like the way they work and their work ethic.”

Megan, from Bay Village, OH


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.


“This is a great, welcoming community. You’re able to make friends very fast.”

What brought you to CIA?

When I came to CIA, I had visited before the open house. This one guy who was a drawing or painting professor, he saw me once, and then the next time I came he remembered my face. We started talking again, and built a closer relationship. That’s really why I came to CIA. If I built a relationship before I even attended school, then I knew I’d be able to build even more when I attended. What have you liked about the small-college atmosphere?

The advantage of being at a smaller school is that you get that one-on-one time. You get to actually communicate with your professors. You get to contact them whenever you need help. I feel like that’s what colleges are supposed to do.

Davon, from Cleveland Heights, OH

Have you taken any electives that you found especially interesting?

The elective I’m in now is called Drawn to Care, and it’s where you go to a Cleveland Clinic dialysis center and you get to draw patients who are hooked up to the [dialysis] machines. You sit there for two, three hours and you get to know who these people are, and their lives before this. They’re telling you about themselves and you’re telling them about you. You get to know a person who has to sit here six hours a day. It’s really loving and caring. You get to feel how happy this person is after you’re done with their portraits.


game design

Game designer Steve Cartwright (Barnstorming, Hackers, Aliens) working with Game Design majors on concept ideas for a new game.

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 the theory, criticism, and context of 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.

What made you want to major in game design?

How do you like the campus environment?

I’ve been playing games since I was really little, and as soon as I figured out it could be a career option, I thought that was really awesome. Reading about the program here and seeing that it covers every single aspect of the game design pipeline, that really pulled me in. And seeing that the faculty are all working artists out in the field was a big selling point as well.

The location of CIA here in Cleveland is really nice. You have all of the art museums, the natural history museum. Little Italy is right here. You’ve got Coventry just down the road, with Blick, a really nice art supplies store. University Circle itself is a really nice area. The shops just down the street on Euclid are wonderful. It’s very well-kept. It feels safe. What has surprised you the most?

Tell us about your internship.

I’m working with Deck of Dice. It’s a start-up company making its first mobile game. We’ve been making art assets for them. And this semester they hired three more students.

I think the number of options across the board. When I looked into CIA, I thought, wow, 15 majors, that’s crazy. And, within some of them, you can branch out three or four different ways. I was also surprised by how many clubs that are student-run. There are a lot of really great resources here for students.

“Knowing that sophomore year here you get your own designated work space is really awesome.”

Zach, from Bucyrus, OH


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, you’ll be learning the four primary processes of glass making: working hot glass (glass blowing and molten glass processes), working cold glass (cutting, grinding, sandblasting, and polishing), fusion processes (casting, slumping, and bending) and flame working (using fire to manipulate glass tubes). You’ll learn the skills while exploring your aesthetic voice.

Students are taught the importance of teamwork, especially important in disciplines like glass.

Our aim is for each student to become a practitioner in the medium. Graduates often enter positions with other artists through 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 universities, practicing designers, and of course, artists/craftsmen.


What made you decide to come to CIA?

It had an environment that was friendly and exciting when I first toured the school. It had a lot of different [majors] options, which made me feel I had a lot of different choices I could make and not just stay in one space. Originally, I came here for graphic design, and along the way my freshman year, I took electives. I changed to Ceramics, and then I changed to Glass eventually. It was a decision I’m really glad I made.

What advice would you have for younger students who are thinking about what they want to do?

I’d say keep your options open first and foremost. Go in with the idea that you may want to do something, but be open to other opportunities that might come your way. That’s what I experienced. I was dead-set on graphic design, and then I poked around in different departments and thought, ‘Wow, it’s really much broader than I thought.’

What do you like about glass?

I enjoy that there are so many different options. You don’t have to stick to just glassblowing. There’s flamework, there’s casting. Recently I’ve been working with silk screening glass powders and I’ve been making butterflies and flowers with that process. It’s so interesting how you can tie printmaking into glass.

“Everything about it was very welcoming and very friendly, and it felt so open.”

Alyssa, from Plain City, OH


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.



Why was an art school education important to you?

I don’t have to take a bunch of random classes. Yes, I have to take liberal arts classes, but they all enhance my studio art. The professors understand that this is an art school, so you’re allowed to base [classroom] projects off your studio work. How did you go about choosing your major?

I always wanted to do graphic design. In third grade, I wrote a paper about my uncle, [a graphic designer]. Right out of high school, he got a job at Ernst & Young and gradually worked his way up. In eighth grade, I went to New York City with my family just to see all the advertisements going on there — I’ve never had any second guesses about what I wanted to do with my life.

Robert, from North Royalton, OH

Have you had any internships?

I’ve worked at Spectrum Diversified Designs, a product company. I did a lot of photography and Photoshop things for them. That really helped me with my Photoshop skills and my photography skills, and then I took a couple of photo classes outside of that. So the internship pushed me toward not just being a graphic designer. It helped me improve on documenting my work. I also interned at Richardson Design, an interior architecture firm here in Cleveland. I did a lot of logo work. I did branding for his second company, Modern Smart Homes. Have there been any surprises in your college career?

Honestly I feel that here, my work has grown tremendously. I wasn’t expecting to be this well versed in what makes good and what makes bad design. And then also just the classmates, the people in my major. We hang out outside class, but at the same time we push each other to be designers. Everybody wants each other to be the best they can be.

“Everybody wants each other to be the best they can be.”


Tell a story with images. As an Illustration major, you will first experience an intensive exploration of figurative and object-based drawing from both observation and imagination, using analog and digital approaches. In addition to learning the history of Illustration, we challenge you to master your critical and conceptual thinking, problem solving, and presentation skills, all of which will help you to discover your sense of storytelling. Industry professionals will guide you through real-world projects that are as engaging as they are varied: picture books, graphic novels, greeting cards, licensing, editorial and advertising– along with blue sky concept art, visual development and character design for entertainment such as animated feature film, TV and video games. By the time you are ready to graduate, you will be versed in the business of illustration and positioned to become major contributors and leaders in the industry. Not only will you be able to help bring a client’s vision to life, but as creative entrepreneurs, you will be prepared to research, invent and pitch your own stories and intellectual properties to the marketplace.

Children’s book designer Suzanne McGinness is one of our award-winning Illustration faculty.


“The faculty have been really great. They are so involved with each of the students.”

How did you choose your major? I had always been interested in telling stories visually. I had been reading a lot of comic books, and I wanted to branch out and try some different things. In doing my research and looking at different colleges, I found that CIA had a dedicated illustration department, and not just graphic design or drawing. That really drew me here. How have you progressed as an artist these past four years? Looking back, I have improved so much. In the beginning, I was OK with drawing and some character design things. But freshman year really helped me branch out with the Foundation classes. And then being in the Illustration department, [I was] forced to constantly think about how good the composition is, and ask, ‘Does this make sense with the story, and learning to try and use 100 percent of your skill set all the time.’

Tell us about your artist’s residency. I have been part of a two-year artist-in-residence program at Judson Manor. Judson is a senior living community center. In exchange for living arrangements, [we] provided arts programming for the senior residents. They have had people from CIM [Cleveland Institute of Music], but we were the first people from CIA. We figured out our own programming and managed all of our interactions with the residents. It was a growing period and a really nice experience for us. We made so many great friendships with the seniors there.

Ado, from Cleveland Hts, OH


industrial design

Turn problems into 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. If you choose the Transportation Design Track within Industrial Design, you’ll learn from and connect with automotive designers working at the top of this field. 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.

What was your focus once you got here?

When I got into my major my second year here, I wanted to do product design, but I knew I had the option to take additional classes and try the transportation-design track. After the first few weeks, I was so bad at it, I knew I had to stick at it for at least a semester and see if I could develop in this field that I was no good at. After that, I just continued working it for about a year and a half.

Have you had internships?

Between my sophomore and junior year, I interned at Mack Trucks in Greensboro, North Carolina, and that was because my teacher recommended me and put me in contact with a friend of his who is one of the heads of design. And between my junior and senior year, I interned at General Motors. Three of us interned at General Motors and the last day of our internships we all got (job) offers.

What have you taken away from the studio environment in Industrial Design?

If someone’s doing something you like and you don’t know how to do it, there’s always a willingness to share. That really helped my educational development. Having the teachers that would come down from Detroit, the teachers at the school, and the students all trying to help me get better really made me want to do the same when I was in a position to help people.

david David, from Miami, FL

“If I had a chance to speak to myself five or six years ago, I’d say stop slacking off and draw more.”

Shriya, from Mumbai, India

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.

What drew you to Interior Architecture as your major?

What did your Foundation year do for you?

Talking to the head of the department and seeing what more you can do with this major. You don’t necessarily have to go into interior architecture. You can do things like fixture development, you can do graphics, you can do customer interaction kinds of things. But I like to do 3D things. I like to think of interior architecture as an installation piece. People can come in and walk around it. That’s what really drove me to come into this major. I liked the idea of affecting people in a positive manner.

It really taught me how to draw. So that was a big step. But it also taught me to do more with what I’m doing, to become more creative. So instead of just doing a drawing and leaving it as a drawing, flat on the table, like hanging it in different ways, explore more into materials. What’s been the biggest surprise about your time at CIA?

How independent I’ve become as a student and as a person, just being able to push myself to go further—trying to start a business, or start a website. You’re not forced to do a lot, but you can push yourself to do a lot.

“I strongly believe in our alumni web. You can reach out to these people and they’ll help you find jobs. It’s a very powerful thing to have.”

Shane, from Marcellus, NY



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.


What made you choose CIA?

What has surprised you the most?

I was interested in biomedical art. There are not many programs for that in the country. I came here for that originally. But in the spring semester, there is an elective course offered within the craft department. So you spend five weeks in glass, five weeks in ceramics, and five weeks in jewelry and metals. After I finished my time in jewelry and metals, I looked back and said, ‘I want to do this instead.’

Even in freshman year, there were people doing vastly different things with all these materials. In high school I really hadn’t thought about what could be done with plaster or paper or some of these other materials sculpturally. Even people in their first year here were able to do amazing sculptural things that I didn’t even think were possible.

What does it mean to have a studio?

I’m a pretty messy person but I don’t like to impose that on other people, so having a space where I can be messy in my own way makes me feel more at ease. And it gives me a great place to store my stuff so I don’t have to haul it back and forth from home.

Ryan, from Westerville, OH

“In high school, I hadn’t thought about what could be done with other materials sculpturally.”


Join a long tradition of successful CIA painters. Students graduating in Painting possess the range of technical skills necessary for competing as a professional artist in the contemporary art world, as well as the versatility and self-sufficiency to develop a career path that works for them. Our individual studios housed within the sky-lit, factory loft space ensures that students have the creative environment to inspire them. Guided by a dedicated team of faculty, the Painting curriculum is enriched by a diverse program of visiting artists and arts professionals. At every level professional practices are emphasized in order to prepare our students to succeed in a highly competitive world. Our students regularly go on to successful studio practices, while others venture into a wide variety of career tracks. Many build hybrid careers, maintaing their artistic practice while working in arts administration, as creative directors, educators, or running creativity-based small businesses of their own. Painting has produced some of the Institute’s most prestigious alums, including Julian Stanczak, April Gornik, Ben Grasso and Dana Schutz.


How did you select your major? It just took a little self-reflection. I applied to three of the visual arts majors—painting, drawing and printmaking. I got into all three, but that didn’t help me with my decision, so I tried to figure out what I wanted to get out of the experience. I was weakest in painting, so I figured I would go into painting. If you focus on what you’re weak at, you’ll gradually get better at it. What have other students contributed to you as an artist? I think it’s important to have that student dynamic because we constantly talk to each other and trade tips and techniques outside of class. As for one particular moment, I believe it was when one of my paintings was compared to a video game called Myst. It allowed me to think about what I was influenced by. I didn’t play a lot of video games.

Xyl, from Hiram, OH

Can you discuss your internship? Creativity Works is an internship program where you write a proposal and it has to involve a community partner. It’s very student-led. Then you collaborate with the community partner to carry out the project. My project was a one-man show in the Shaker Lakes Nature Center. I wanted to use the Shaker Lakes to have an influence on this series of work. One thing that really struck me was all the wooden paths they have. So I decided to use that as a theme for the work: four paintings, five prints and an outdoor sculpture.

“If you focus on what you’re weak at, you’ll gradually get better at it.”


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 timebased narratives, digital cinema, sound, motion, and sequence-generated content.



“People here genuinely make an effort to know who you are, know your name, and keep up with your artwork.”

How has the photography faculty helped you progress? They’re very hands-on, always there when you need them. If you have any ideas of any sort and want to try something new, they are always behind you. All of the faculty are also working photographers. It’s really nice, especially when it comes to exhibitions—to see your faculty is still exhibiting their work and actively trying to get shows. It’s much more helpful for those of us who have no clue to learn how to put a show together.

What did you gain from your internship experience at TRG Reality? It’s a commercial photo studio. They do a lot of product photography. There are four photographers on staff there. My daily routine was pretty much going in and seeing who needed my help that day. Whether it was setting up their lighting, or helping them pack their equipment for a shoot, or assisting on location. Do you have any advice for high school students looking at art colleges? My big advice for high school students is: Don’t base your school choice off the price, because if you apply, you never know how much money you might get or how many people are willing to support your art. People are willing to support you if they see passion and progression and see that you want it and deserve it. There are so many scholarships out there.

Amber, from South Euclid, OH


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.



What made you choose CIA? In 2007 (I went to) CIA’s Student Independent Exhibition. I remember being infatuated with all of these art objects. I chose to attend CIA because it engulfs you in this comfortable, warm feeling. CIA had exactly what I wanted.

Tell us about your internship. I had an internship in CIA’s Reinberger Gallery where I was responsible for collecting research on incoming artists and helping with exhibition installation and the take down. I also helped design and implement a one-night-only “flash exhibition.”

What made you choose your majors? I chose to double major in Drawing and Printmaking because I have an interest in curatorial practice.

Through the support of the gallery, I curated and organized my first exhibition with featured work from fellow students. I understand that many learning experiences function as great life experiences; my internship was one. It is only the beginning of my career as an artist and as a future curator.

Is having your own studio 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.

“To be able to say, confidently, that I am an artist, that’s something I am really grateful for.”

Samantha, from Parma Hts, OH

sculpture + expan

Work with time, material, space, and sound. No longer bound by material, the field of sculpture has exploded into time and space. CIA’s Sculpture + Expanded Media Department will engage you in courses that present theory and practice, conceptual development and hands-on work, material studies and time-based digital media. 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. Our graduates work as prop and set designers, independent filmmakers, prototype makers, costume designers, and professional artists.

nded media

You’re from Korea. What made you choose CIA? I had heard that CIA had famous programs in design and fine arts. I chose Sculpture+ Expanded Media as a major because it is very interactive. While you make sculpture, you can experiment with new technology. My background is actually in electronics. I have a bachelor’s degree in electronics, but I chose to get a second degree here.

What do you think of the campus environment? I am from a big city—Seoul, South Korea. I think Cleveland is smaller and more friendly. And there are many good museums nearby, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the history museums. And also there is Case Western Reserve University. They have great facilities. CIA students can use their facilities and equipment.

How has it helped to have faculty members who are also working professionals? We have great faculty. The professors here are also individual artists, so they have their own exhibitions in the U.S. Luckily [through a professor], one of my works was chosen to be exhibited in Los Angeles, and fortunately for me I was able to sell a piece.

“I chose to quit my job in Korea and I moved to the U.S. to study art. CIA was a good choice for me.”

Changyeob, from Seoul, South Korea


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. One of the top food cities in the country. A 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.

Marc Petrovic, Chair, Glass, demontrates at workshops across the globe, while maintaining a studio practice in Cleveland.

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.

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.

This inflatable installation, created by Assistant Professor Jimmy Keunhle, was part of an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, across the street from our Uptown Residence Hall.

Urban Cultural Hub CIA students benefit from our neighborhood known as University Circle, with a unique mix of students and professionals from renowned educational, cultural, and healthcare institutions. We’re a creative community of about 550 students on an energetic urban campus of more than 8,000 students from surrounding colleges—Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Institute of Music.

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.

Connections to the Real-World CIA has a long history of engaged practice in art and design, in mutual collaboration with our vast network of partners in the real world. Whether it’s through an internship, or a course, or a self-initiated project, you’ll find we have the network of connections to apply what you’ve learned in the studio.

Five animation majors worked with director Paul Schrader (this page) last fall, creating storyboards for his 2016 film shot in Cleveland, Dog Eat Dog, starring Nicholas Cage.

Learn more about our alumni at

Clockwise from above Poppies Viktor Schreckengost ’29 Big Hero Six Zack Petroc ’97 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

Your home: Uptown We’ve opened the Uptown Residence Hall, a 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.

Uptown Residence Hall

The common work areas (right)— outfitted with drafting tables— underscore 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, a neighborhood that’s home to world-renowned institutions including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, and Cleveland Orchestra. 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 University Circle, with shops, restaurants and apartments right outside the doors of CIA. Less than five miles away is the city center, where Cleveland’s professional sports teams (Cavaliers, Browns, Indians) play. Little Italy, Coventry Village, and the Cedar-Lee neighborhood are each a short bike ride away and each offers arts, restaurants, and shopping.

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s monthly MIX events blend music, dance and art around themes based on exhibitions in the galleries.

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. Student activities range from Community Service Club, which organizes an annual service trip to New Orleans, to the Digital Painting 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, our end-of-the-year cookout.

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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. Work that will change how we see the world.


Jordan Charlton South Euclid, OH Animation


Grace Gongaware Export, PA Biomedical Art


Celena Grossman Lewiston, NY Painting

Courtney Sieh Courtland, MN Illustration



Bram Myers Lakewood, OH Sculpture + Expanded Media


David Pehar Cleveland, OH Industrial Design


Debbie Weidrick Akron, OH Printmaking

Breanna Kulkin New York, NY Photography + Video

Carolina Kane Concord, OH Foundation




Madeleine Toth Avon, OH Graphic Design


Hongzhe Ma China Jewelry + Metals


Justin Henry Strongsville, OH Industrial Design

Alyssa Ziemba Plain City, OH Glass



Craig Waterman + Brittany Salay Game Design


Nolan Beck Williamsburg, VA Graphic Design

Suzanne Head Galena, OH Drwaing + Painting

Megan Calvert Mentor, OH Ceramics



Elmi Ventura-Mata Elizabeth, NJ Painting



Brian Perry Mayfield Hts, OH Jewelry + Metals

Natalie Benos Parma, OH Interior Architecture


Anthony Zayas Twinsburg, OH Animation


Emma Anderson Sandusky, OH Painting



Brian Perry Mayfield Hts, OH Jewelry + Metals


Hien Nguyen Vietnam Graphic Design + Photography

Gretchen Hilty Mantua, OH Illustration



Mandy Stehouwer Howell, MI Industrial Design

Zhanrong Li PRChina Foundation


Dominic Lamirand Brooklyn Hts, OH Painting


David Acosta Miami, FL Industrial Design


Jeni Stovicek Shaker Hts, OH Ceramics

Reid Jacobs Carlton, PA Glass


Amanda Chaya Olmsted Township, OH Photography + Video


Loc Dao PRChina Industrial Design

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. 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 1.

Application FAFSA Notification Priority Deadline1 Priority Deadline2 On or About

Deposit Priority Deadline3

Early Action 1 Early Action 2 Regular Decision

December 1 January 15 March 1

December 15 February 1 March 15

January 15 February 15 April 1

May 1 May 1 May 1

Transfer: Spring Transfer: Fall

November 15 June 1

November 15 June 1

Rolling Rolling

December 1 August 1

1 Candidates who apply after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis. 2 Students who wish full consideration for CIA merit- and need-based aid should submit their FAFSA by the Priority Deadline. Students will be awarded Federal Work-Study based on a funds-available basis with preference given to students who meet the Priority Deadline. 3 Enrollment deposits received after the Priority Deposit Deadline will only be accepted on a space-available basis.

Your application includes: 1 The application form: available online at 2

$40 application fee


A personal statement outlining why you’re applying


High school/college transcripts


A letter of recommendation from an art teacher/counselor


Your scores on the SAT or ACT


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 be a selection of your best 12 to 20 pieces of art. Fewer than 12 doesn’t allow you to show the breadth of your skills; more than 20 can be overwhelming. At least four of those pieces should be observational drawings. Observational drawings can include still life, gesture, figure drawing, portraits, and landscape. Sketchbook pages are also encouraged.

Feature your strongest pieces created in your junior and senior year, either in or out of school. In addition to the drawings, you may include works in other media: paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, animations, illustrations, video, computer-generated work, 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, so think about your portfolio like you’re creating a visual narrative about yourself. 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

Contact us Email Phone 216.421.7418 Online

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: 96% 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, after October 1. The FAFSA is based on a standard formula established by Congress and is used as a measure of your family’s financial strength.

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 to students on a first-come, first-served basis until funds have been fully allocated.

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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92% of incoming freshmen enrolling for 2015–16 received financial assistance

The average financial aid package for CIA’s 2015 incoming class was $31,814

86% of incoming freshmen enrolling for 2015–16 received scholarships

52% of 2014 accepted students received a CIA merit scholarship of $15,000 or more

2016–17 tuition is $36,980

Visit us! We 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.

Schedule a personal visit anytime, or attend one of our on-campus events: Sat Sep 24 Fall Open House Fri Oct 14 Campus Connection Sat Nov 12 CLE Portfolio Day Mon Feb 20 Campus Connection Sat Mar 4 Spring Open House

Seeing is believing

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 one of our on-campus events, 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 (after October 1). For more information, visit

The Cleveland Institute of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Ohio Board of Regents. CIA is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD).

It is the policy of the Cleveland Institute of Art not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation or gender identification, age, or disabilities, in employment practices, administration of educational policies, admission, scholarship and loan programs, and other college-administered programs and activities.

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