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Cleveland Institute of Art Creativity Matters


Cleveland Institute of Art Creativity Matters


Cover Julia Milbrandt ’19, Drawing/Printmaking major “Some Point in Euphoria,” chalk pastel on paper, 22x30 in.

Programs of Study Animation Ceramics Drawing Game Design Glass Graphic Design Illustration Industrial Design Interior Architecture Jewelry + Metals Life Sciences Illustration Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture + Expanded Media Transportation Design Video + Digital Cinema

There’s never been a better time to become an artist or designer. 1

Artists and designers are responsible for nearly everything you see, touch and use. From your coffee cup to your mobile phone, from your jewelry to your car, from your art to your favorite animated movie, creative people are paid to imagine and produce most of the things around us. For 137 years CIA has empowered individuals to pursue and attain creative careers that matter personally, and to the world. From the start, you will be encouraged to think of your work in a professional context. As you build technical and problem-solving skills in your major, you’ll be encouraged to explore other art and design disciplines. You’ll establish and refine standards of quality for your work, and learn to communicate effectively about your ideas and projects. When the time comes, you will enter the world prepared as a creative professional. Are you ready?


Top: Foundation faculty member Jimmy Kuehnle working with an animation major on a set for a stop-motion animation. Left-to-right: A Transportation Design major works on a clay model for CIA’s annual collaboration with General Motors; Life Sciences Illustration chair Tom Nowacki works with students across human and nature-based biological assignments; students exploring an exhibition in our Student + Alumni gallery.


Creativity Matters to our Economy Product design, entertainment arts, visual arts and craft: These industries need talent to feed a vibrant global market. Organizations that support these industries rely on artists and designers to help them make and promote art, goods and services. CIA has working relationships with more than 600 organizations that provide internships and full-time employment for our students. Representatives from these companies like to work with CIA because they know our students and graduates bring original thinking and creative problem-solving abilities to the table. The following are examples of creative industry sectors in the U.S. market.

$2.2 Billion $2.8 Billion $31 Billion Industrial design service revenue in U.S. is projected to be $2.2 Billion in 2022. Data Source: Statista


Top: Visual arts students visit galleries and artist studios in Chicago. Left to right: Design students work with major auto companies each year, imagining the next generation of transportation; animation studios visit campus to talk about their newest projects; Jewelry + Metals students are prepared for careers working with some of the top jewelry design studios in the country.

The 3D animation market in the U.S. is projected to almost double from $1.5 Billion in 2019 to $2.8 Billion in 2025. Data Source: Statista

Jewelry market revenue in the U.S. totaled approximately $31 Billion in 2017. Data Source: Statista


Billion Economic impact of the arts

Sources: National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Department of Commerce and Bureau of Economic Analysis




What Sets the Cleveland Institute of Art Apart? Graduates leave CIA enriched by time spent with workingartist faculty and with clients outside the College. You’ll create in state-of-the-art facilities, learning how to think, live, and work as a professional artist or designer. Your learning environments will include classrooms, shared maker spaces, personal studios, and world-class cultural institutions within walking distance in University Circle. And thanks to CIA’s commitment to ensuring career readiness, you will graduate with real-world experience. All of our students earn credit through internships or courses that connect them with projects outside CIA. You’ll begin your creative career equipped with the kind of professional knowledge that comes only through doing.

Top: Through a partnership with Case Western Reserve University and the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, graphic design students collaborated with Business graduate students on a project that used ideas from game design to rethink complex social systems. Left to right: A Ceramics major presents his BFA thesis exhibition; nationally recognized game designer Steve Cartwright works with students on a new gaming concept.


CIA’s Engaged Practice: Getting Real-Life Experience CIA believes in the value of direct experience. Our Engaged Practice commitment ensures that every student who graduates leaves with a portfolio of experience gained through working on real projects with external partners or clients. This lets you put your classroom and studio knowledge to work in a professional setting while being guided by faculty. You’ll learn what it takes to meet clients’ expectations, and you will emerge with confidence that will serve you as you launch your career. CIA believes this is so critical to your success that we built Engaged Practice into the curriculum. Students earn these experiential learning credits through internships or by taking one or more of the 40 dedicated courses across our majors.


Top: CIA students worked with director Paul Schrader and actor Nicolas Cage on the film Dog Eat Dog. Left to right: A Life Sciences Illustration major created portraits of people undergoing kidney dialysis; students in Environment, Art and Engaged Practice work in the Cleveland Metroparks to research, make work, and interact with the public; an internship provided a Photography major the chance to work with celebrity chef Michael Symon as he tested a new product.




CIA’s Faculty: Learn from Successful Artists Our 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio ensures that you have regular, meaningful contact with faculty members who are accomplished professionals in their fields. In their own practices, CIA’s studio faculty are engaged in regional, national, and international arenas. They have created films for Pixar and Disney, made giant inflatable sculptures for national art exhibitions, and have shown their work in galleries and museums around the world. Students richly benefit from the global perspectives of our accomplished Liberal Arts faculty, who are art historians, authors, researchers, and scholars of the humanities.

Top: Designer Doug Paige is a leader in the field of biomimicry, which explores how systems found in nature can provide solutions for man-made products. Left to right: Amber Kempthorn was one of a handful of artists from across the world to participate in the first FRONT International Triennial for Contemporary Art in Cleveland; Sarah Paul presents performance and video work in venues across the country; Lincoln Adams’ work in illustration, character design, and animated films keeps him busy throughout the year.


Visiting Artists Bring Their Worlds to You Learning takes place in dozens of ways at CIA, including through visits by artists and designers who are at the top of their fields. From internationally known studio artists and crafts people to illustrators and animators working on feature films, CIA welcomes professionals who lay the groundwork for the next generation of artists and designers. And each spring, artists and designers from across the country visit campus for Spring Show, providing feedback on student work, and interviewing for internships and jobs.


Top: Filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo returned home to Cleveland to talk to CIA students after the release of Avengers: Infinity War. Left to right: Sculptor Chakaia Booker; designer Michael Bierut; painter Dana Schutz; and curator and critic Michelle Grabner with printmaker Corrie Slawson.




Studio Space at CIA From sophomore year until graduation, CIA students work in beautifully lit, well-equipped areas designed to both maximize personal productivity and invite essential communication with professors and other students. Those in visual arts, craft and design majors have their own individual studio spaces. Digital arts and design majors work in a collaborative environment mimicking a professional setting. All CIA students have access to space and equipment that will help them do their best work, including our fabrication studios, digital print center and computer labs. Our library has collections curated specifically for the artist and designer. And all of this exists under one roof in our George Gund building, just a few steps away from our freshman and sophomore residence halls.

Working in the studio is an important part of building a professional art and design practice.



Student Resources for Making and Prototyping Your job as an artist is to grow in your thinking and technical skills. Our job is to make sure you have what you need to bring your ideas to life. In CIA’s Fabrication Studios, you’ll have access to tools for working in wood, metal, plastics, stone, and more. Our experienced staff will help you work safely and imaginatively, whether you want to use traditional hand tools or bring computer-aided design into the mix. Our equipment check-out center is a lending library for digital tools, including cameras and microphones for video work, lights, laptops, and drawing tablets. At the DOC—digital output center—you’ll have a wide range of options for printing your work. And our computer labs ensure that you have access to the right equipment and software for your chosen field.


Top: CIA’s equipment checkout center is stocked with digital cameras, lighting equipment, laptops and Cintiqs, and the technology you’ll need to make your digital ideas come true. Left to right: The Digital Output Center offers museum-quality printing onto fabric, papers, vinyl and other materials; CIA’s Fabrication Studios and a team of technical specialists are here to help you think through how to produce your ideas in wood, plastics, stone, metals and more; computer labs offer the hardware you’ll need, including a rendering farm, for large or small time-based works.



University Circle: CIA’s Extended Campus On any given day, CIA students might be sketching at Cleveland Botanical Garden, observing and illustrating surgery at University Hospitals, or researching a project at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. They might be analyzing original works of art at the Cleveland Museum of Art or using a laser cutter at Case Western Reserve University’s think[box] maker facility. As artists and designers, our work requires us to interact with others in galleries, production facilities, and manufacturing companies. Getting outside the studio helps you learn to research, network and interact so that you can create the work you want to make. Cleveland couldn’t be a better spot for easy access to spaces that will help you grow as an artist.

Top: The Cleveland Botanical Garden is a popular spot for impromptu class field trips. Left to right: The Cleveland History Center, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland and the Cleveland Museum of Art are steps from our campus.


The Career Center Can Help You Succeed Sometimes the only thing between you and a dream job or key internship is a small detail: a great cover letter, a personal introduction, or a tweaked resume. That’s where the CIA Career Center comes in. The center offers resume reviews, mock-interview practice, and tips on using LinkedIn most effectively. You’ll also gain techniques for networking with CIA’s vast community of alumni, many of whom themselves have had internships and jobs at top organizations in the U.S. and abroad. The center also communicates regularly with hundreds of companies looking for talent, enabling CIA artists to learn about positions that might not even be posted.


Creative Director Lithographer Art Director Mobile Interface Designer Colorist Broadcast Designer Printmaker Videographer Brand Identity Developer Typographer Graphic Designer Illustrator Visual Image Developer Lighting Designer Multimedia Developer Content Developer Curator Art Critic Jeweler Interface Designer Web Designer Package Designer Design Strategist Cartoonist Design Manager Operations Director Production Manager Metal Worker Information Architect User Experience Designer Landscape Photographer Executive Producer Senior Designer Information Architect Mobile Interface Designer Interactive Designer Motion Graphics Motion/Video Editor Web Content Strategist Studio Photographer Social Media Manager Usability Analyst Mobile App Developer Rich Media Developer Web Programmer Costume Designer Interior Designer Set Designer Visual Merchandising Director Product Manager Biomedical Artist Interior Designer Lighting/Compositing Corporate Identity Director Creative Services Manager Industrial Designer Illustrator Muralist Animator Instructional Designer Pre-Press Specialist Multi-media Designer Glass Artist Production Manager Storyboard Artist Ceramicist Chief Marketing Officer Product Designer Brand Manager Marketing Director Creative Strategy Director Brand Coordination Specialist Digital Media Integration Manager Mobile Marketing Strategist Chief Brand Officer Animator Draftsman Game Designer Interior Designer Broadcast Designer Set Designer Fashion Designer Tatoo Artist Jeweler Sculptor Painter Portrait Photographer Photojournalist Film Director Green Screen Specialist Silkscreen Artist


Our Alumni Change the Way We Look at the World CIA students go on to amazing careers, from working as designers of cars, jewelry, and video games to becoming visionary painters, ceramicists, and concept artists. Together they form an extensive network of creative professionals within the CIA orbit.

Clockwise from to top left:


King Korpse James Groman NASA Logo James Modarelli 2013 SRT Viper Scott Krugger and Ryan Nagode Necklace Stephanie Schwallie New Superman, 2018 Brian Michael Bendis Imagine Me and You Dana Schutz

Clockwise from top left: Home Sweet Home Kristen Cliffel Ghost Light Restaurant and Lounge Scott Richardson Zamboni Path Alison O’Daniel Arthur Marc Brown Dirt Devil John Nottingham and John Spirk Big Hero Six Zack Petroc Transformer Wesley Burt


Building a Strong Foundation During your first year at CIA, you’ll develop foundational skills in drawing, design, and problem solving. You’ll be encouraged to study across disciplines, and expand your thinking. You’ll also focus on your major studies. Cleveland Institute of Art offers programs of study in fine art, design, craft, and entertainment arts that produce graduates ready to start engaging and challenging careers. Our curriculum is structured to prepare you for the challenges of competition that defines a career in art and design.


Top: Foundation faculty Nicole Condon-Shih reviewing new student work. Right to left: Jimmy Kuehnle challenges student in the computer lab; Kat Burdine instructs a student in the Fabrication Studios; students installing work for the annual Spring Show.




Breathe life into a concept through movement

Animation As an Animation student, you’ll discover how an otherwise stagnant image or object changes when put into motion. You’ll learn to inject personality 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, you will sharpen your presentation and public speaking skills so you can prepare for pitching your ideas and directing a team.

Animation majors work with innovative production technologies in 2D and 3D digital media and animation, film, video production, and stop-motion animation.


Left to right: American Greetings recently asked CIA students to develop ideas for a relaunch of Care Bears products; a still from an animated short by Alex Marek


Bottom: Animation faculty chair Anthony Scalmato brings his broad industry knowledge and network to the students.

Left: Ceramics faculty chair Seth Nagelberg works with a student in the studio. Left to right: Work by Kimberly Chapman; Abby Detwiler.

Ceramics Cleveland Institute of Art’s Ceramics program builds on the age-old medium of ceramic art by teaching the science and the art of its two major traditions: works of sculpture and works of utility. You’ll create in our sky-lit ceramics studio space, common workspaces, and glazing areas. Our kilns include three gas, eight electric, and one raku kiln. Explore ceramic materials in two and three dimensions through the use of molds and multiples in sculpture, studio pottery, and design. Expand your creativity as you build fabrication techniques, including press molding, drain casting, solid casting,

casting body formulation, slip preparation and use, glazing, and surfacing. Our alumni go on to successful careers as studio artists and designers, and 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. cia.edu/ceramics 27

Learn the art and science of working with clay

Define your aesthetic identity and challenge your vision

Drawing 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.

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.

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 theories parallel to your own body of work.

Drawing majors go on to successful careers as practicing artists, curators, gallerists, as well as working within the creative industry, including animation, illustration, film, and design. cia.edu/drawing

Left to right: Artwork by Alex Overbeck, Julia Milbrandt Bottom: Department chair Sarah Kabot meeting with student.


Top: Game design professor Robert Brown works through game logic with student. Middle: Still from video game by Zach James Left to right: Student creating with Oculus Rift technology; still from work by Jim Wisner.

Game Design As a Game Design major at CIA, you’ll work with innovative production processes, including 3D modeling, animation, programming, audio, interactive storytelling, and game production. You’ll learn the theory, criticism, and context of game culture and digital media. In team production courses, you’ll partner with computer science students from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Engineering. Ours is a collaborative environment that includes students

from other digital disciplines. You’ll build team skills integral to brainstorming, character design, narrative ideas, production, and presenting and critiquing projects. Our graduates work as modelers, programmers, game writers, riggers, character designers, animators, and FX animators. cia.edu/game-design 29

Create the games everyone will want to play

Combine traditional and new forms of expression

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

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 and craftspeople. cia.edu/glass

Left to right: A student works with one of three furnaces in the Glass hot shop; artwork by Mark Rubelowsky Bottom: Department chair Ben Johnson


Top: Department chair Greg Luvison reviews a point-of-purchase display with a student and faculty member Debbie Belt. Left to right: Design work by F. Rangone; a student reviews a digital print; brainstorming for new website design.

Graphic Design As a Graphic Design major, you’ll explore traditional and innovative methods of communication design, including typography, print and web design, package design, and wayfinding. 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. Traditional media and contemporary and experimental media are all part of the curriculum.

Our faculty of practicing designers have created an environment that resembles a professional design studio. As a student in the program, you’ll have access to computer labs, print output center, presentation areas, and bookmaking/letterpress studios. Taking courses across disciplines will keep your creative juices flowing and will allow you to explore new ways to communicate your message. cia.edu/graphic-design 31

Integrate words and pictures for print, web and interactive

Tell visual stories for yourself and other clients

Illustration As an Illustration major, you explore figurative and object-based drawing from both observation and imagination, using analog and digital media. In addition to learning the history of illustration, you will work toward mastering your critical and conceptual thinking, problem solving, and presentation skills. 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 illustration and advertising. You learn about

applying illustration to concept art, visual development and character design for animated feature films, TV, and video games. 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. cia.edu/illustration

Left to right: Artwork by Tory Patterson; art by Lyndsey Vu.


Bottom: Illustration chair Jeff Harter teaches traditional illustration as well as animation and character design.

Top: Department chair Dan Cuffaro shares real-world experience with his students. Artwork left to right: Rebecca Alison, Jingde Zhang,

Industrial Design Consistently ranked as one of the top programs in the country, CIA’s Industrial Design program graduates designers who go on to work at the top of their fields. Our program is rooted in a curriculum where research, conceptualization, and refinement anchor every project. Our approach will help you build a strong understanding of the profession: the innovation process, users, market forces, manufacturing, sustainability, and business practices.


Classes take place in an open studio, similar to a professional design studio, comprising individual student studios and collaborative spaces. You’ll have access to cutting-edge computer technology, fabrication labs, presentation rooms, project rooms, and rapid prototyping. cia.edu/industrial-design

Turn material problems into innovative opportunities


Design experiences for branded environments

Interior Architecture In CIA’s Interior Architecture program, we’re not teaching you to select throw pillows. Instead, we emphasize design for commercial, retail and architectural spaces. Our hands-on approach encourages collaboration with local design firms that bring you professional-level 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, in addition to part-time work in the Northeast Ohio design market. Many of these internships, as well as hands-on projects during your schooling, lead to careers in architectural firms, retail and restaurant design firms. cia.edu/interior-architecture

Left to right: Work by Brock Luckette; Brett Poremba


Bottom: Students learn traditional and digital techniques from department chair Michael Gollini.

Top: Department chair Matthew Hollern with a student. Left to right: Working the 3D printer; a ring by Jinglyu Ye.

Jewelry + Metals In CIA’s Jewelry + Metals program, you’ll work with 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. You’ll broaden your experience through more advanced uses of materials and techniques, including forming and fabrication, lost-wax casting, electroforming, anodizing and enameling, 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 work in nationally recognized design studios, run their own businesses, and teach in distinguished programs across the country. cia.edu/jewelry-metals

Make one-of-a-kind works or design for mass production


Explore the natural world and use your creativity

Life Sciences Illustration CIA’s Life Sciences Illustration program combines science and art to create visual communication solutions for the public and researchers, as well as prepare students for graduate education beyond. Life Sciences Illustration majors will work on topics in biological, zoological, botanical and health sciences (among others) while becoming proficient in illustration, animation and information design. Students will learn how to blend their artistic talent with a researcher’s intellect displaying strong visual communication skills.

Our graduates work in museums and natural history institutions, publishing houses, science and research institutions, imaging companies and illustration and animation studios. They’re helping to share the secrets of the natural world. They’re creating animations about how our bodies work and designing museum installations about the cosmos. cia.edu/lifesciencesillustration

Left to right: Illustrations by Josh Maxwell and Hannah Wilhelm Middle: Illustration by Catherine Terlop


Bottom: Working with students at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, department chair Tom Nowacki shows a gorilla skull as part of an anatomy class.

Top: Department co-chair Lane Cooper conducts a small group critique in a student’s studio. Left to right: Work by Maxmillian Peralta; a senior puts final touches on a new painting.

Painting Students in CIA’s Painting program learn the technical skills necessary for competing as professional artists and the versatility and self-sufficiency to develop a fulfilling career path. Our individual studios, housed within the sky-lit loft space, ensure that you’ll have an inspiring creative environment. You’ll be guided by a dedicated team of faculty who are all working artists, and your curriculum will be enriched by a diverse program of visiting artists and arts professionals.

Some students go on to successful full-time studio practices, while others build hybrid careers, maintaining their artistic practice while working in arts administration, as creative directors, educators, or running creativity-based businesses of their own. Painting has produced some of CIA’s most prestigious alums, including Julian Stanczak, April Gornik, Ben Grasso and Dana Schutz. cia.edu/painting

Join a long tradition of successful CIA painters


Create images that transform the ways we think about the world

Photography Develop a distinct vision, learn to communicate effectively, and immerse yourself in a creative, collaborative environment. Our graduates go on to successful careers as photographers, exhibiting artists, project designers, producers, lighting directors, digital effects editors, and more. As a CIA Photography major, you will be exposed to a wide variety of creative techniques and aesthetics. You will engage in all phases of workflow, including image capture, lighting effects, editing, image processing, enhancement, manipulation, and use of

special effects and alternative photo processes. You will learn to refine and communicate your artistic vision through demonstrations, lectures, assignments, critiques, and group or one-on-one discussions with instructors and visiting artists. cia.edu/photography

Left to right: Photograph by Cassie Wolf; Department chair Barry Underwood teaching commercial photography.


Left: Photography faculty Nancy McEntee teaching a lighting techniques course.

Top: Department chair Maggie Denk-Leigh reviews a print with a student. Middle: A student works in a light-filled studio. Left to right: CIA printmakers demonstrate lithography at the Cleveland Museum of Art; students examine freshly made prints.

Printmaking Printmaking is an approach to image making that embraces and challenges old and new technologies. 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 to 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 techniques necessary to successfully approach dealers, curators, and collectors. cia.edu/printmaking

Dive into the possibilities of making multiples


Work with time, material, space, and sound

Sculpture + Expanded Media At CIA, Sculpture + Expanded Media is a hybrid practice that links materials with interactive and time-based technologies. In this interdisciplinary major, you’ll hone construction skills, working with wood, fabricating with textiles and metals, 3D modeling, casting, sewing, assembling and building, manipulating sound, and working with projections and physical computing. Each student finds his or her own path, specializing or combining these processes. This major links theory and practice, conceptual development, and hands-on work. With guidance and experimentation, you will find a way to be

influenced by and contribute to the ideas and forms from the field of sculpture, past and present. Our faculty work with you to understand your point of view to help you find your place in ethical, cultural, social and gallery contexts. Our graduates work as prop and set designers, independent filmmakers, prototype makers, costume designers, and professional artists. cia.edu/sem

Top: work by Karolena Kuhn, Ben Eberle.


Left: Department chair Sarah Paul with class showing projected work.

Top: Each semester, an automotive company comes to CIA to work with students to envision the next generation of transportation. Left to right: Students learn traditional clay modeling as well as digital rendering and 3D printing technologies; gaculty member Haishan Deng mentors student on car concepts

Transportation Design Within CIA’s nationally acclaimed Industrial Design major, you may choose the Transportation Design track to prepare for a career with companies that build cars, trucks, and motorcycles. You’ll work with dedicated transportation-oriented faculty members and designer-instructors from GM, Chrysler Fiat, and other manufacturers. You’ll begin course projects with research, then move to conceptualization, refinement, and presentation. You’ll have easy access to cutting-edge computer technology,

shop facilities, presentation rooms, project rooms, and rapid prototyping. Transportation design professionals may specialize in exteriors, interiors, lighting, and clay modeling. As new technology creates possibilities around self-driving vehicles, designers of all kinds will be called upon to rethink how exterior and interior spaces are used. cia.edu/transportation-design

Focus your skills on a rapidly evolving market


Begin with images and expand them through time

Video + Digital Cinema The Video + Digital Cinema track within our Photography major is ideal if you want to gain professional-level skills in the use of digital filmmaking, sound, motion, and sequence-generated content. You will emerge ready to meet standards for work in digital cinema, documentary, installation, or experimental video work.

Video + Digital Cinema emphasizes the importance of the image and visual storytelling within time-based work, incorporating a solid foundation in photographic essentials. Your focus will be on creative thinking and problem solving as you work on both individual and group projects. cia.edu/videoanddigitalcinema Left to right: Video stills by Mark Ruple and Chelsea Polk Bottom: Faculty member Jacob Koestler works with students on techniques ranging from directing to camera work and blocking.


BFA Thesis Students have used their BFA studies to make graphic novels and film shorts, develop a line of educational toys, design eco-friendly transportation, and much more. You will concentrate on a topic you define for yourself while practicing skills that will serve you in the professional world, from research and planning to project management and communication.

Seniors complete their CIA education with a Bachelor of Fine Arts thesis presentation and exhibition—the BFA for short. This capstone project takes you deep into research and artmaking. You’ll have a cross-disciplinary panel of faculty advisers guiding you along the way as you spend up to a year examining a problem, exploring a creative opportunity, or developing a theme around a body of work. BFA week at CIA is a time of both learning and celebration, culminating in a public exhibition of work in which our community takes great pride.


Liberal Arts

Enriching Your Practice with a Broad World View

At the Cleveland Institute of Art, we encourage students to stretch intellectually as they are learning new ways of making. Woven throughout each semester at CIA are courses in the humanities and social sciences—art history, philosophy, anthropology, psychology. At CIA, you will graduate with a breadth of knowledge that is the hallmark of the baccalaureate degree. Our liberal arts curriculum helps you understand world cultures—both past and present—and to discover the importance of these ideas to your artistic life. You may also choose to add concentrated liberal arts coursework to your studies. Complete a Visual Culture Emphasis to enjoy extensive training in art history, theory, and criticism. Or opt for a Creative Writing Concentration if you want a career advantage in fields like illustration or film, or if you just like to write. cia.edu/liberalarts


Left to right: Music appreciation course; field trip to the Cleveland Museum of Art; art history faculty member David Hart helps students study art in context. Bottom: Faculty member Sarah Minor discusses creative writing.

Foundation All first-year students begin in our Foundation program, a yearlong introduction on forms, methods, media, and concepts crucial to your future academic and professional success. You will emerge from the program on technically equal footing with your peers—ready to concentrate on the study and practice of art and design. You will begin with core courses in drawing, design, color, and digital studies that acquaint you with composition, drawing principles, and 2D, 3D, and 4D materials and processes. As you work on studio projects, you will investigate visual dynamics, creative processes, and issues that inform contemporary art, design, and culture. cia.edu/foundation

Explore Color, Form, and Primary Art Disciplines

Top: Department Chair Petra Soesemann instructing students in the studio. Middle: Drawing by Tori Sheese Left: The Foundation program’s emphasis on core skills helps students prepare for three focused years in their major.



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Student Life and Wellness At CIA, we know that the best artists and designers are healthy, well-rounded individuals with interests and activities that go beyond the drawing tablet. We encourage you to take part in favorite campus-wide events, like our unforgettable Halloween party and endof-year celebration, Pink Pig. Join Campus Activities Board and help plan events or take part in extracurricular clubs that help you hone specific artmaking skills. During spring break, you may want to be part of a group that spends a week doing service work in New Orleans. We want you to take good care of your physical and mental health, too. We hope you’ll take part in wellness activities throughout the year, such as yoga, meditation, time management and other workshops. And you’ll have full access to resources throughout University Circle that provide counseling, medical and dental care.

Top: Morning yoga on the balcony of the Uptown residence hall.


Left to right: Therapy dogs are a welcome treat during finals week; the annual Student Independent Exhibition represents all CIA majors, and is run entirely by students; orientation leader training provides leadership opportunities for students; annual celebrations like Pink Pig and the Halloween party let the entire community take a break from daily work.


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Uptown: Meet Your Home in Cleveland Your first years of college present a lot of changes. Living on campus gives you a sense of community and more time to commit to work. First-year students live in our Uptown Residence Hall. Designed in consultation with students, these twobedroom suites house two students per bedroom, each with their own bath. The bedrooms are connected by a common work area and kitchenette. Uptown’s six floors feature lounge areas, a cardio space, onsite printing, free laundry, and three outdoor decks with views of MOCA Cleveland and the downtown skyline. Second-year students live in Euclid 117, our new residence hall featuring four-person suites with individual bedrooms, complete kitchens, and shared living spaces.


Top: A central work space in each suite provides you with your own studio during your freshman year. From left to right: Free laundry with amazing views of the city; at the cardio lounge; each floor organizes programming for its residents throughout the year; lounges throughout the building provide places to study and relax.



Enjoy One of the Country’s Most Vibrant Cultural Communities CIA’s campus in University Circle includes students from Case Western Reserve University, and features more than 20 cultural, healthcare, and educational institutions—all within two square miles. The Uptown district is a recent addition to University Circle, where shops, restaurants and apartments—including our residence halls—enrich your creative life, right outside the doors of CIA. Downtown Cleveland, just five miles away, is home to numerous corporate headquarters, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Cleveland’s professional sports teams, the Cavaliers, Browns, and Indians. Neighborhoods like Little Italy, Coventry Village, and Cedar-Lee offer arts, restaurants, and shopping. Each is just a short bike ride away.

Top: The Cleveland Museum of Art’s monthly MIX parties draw visitors from across the city. Left to right: View of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame from Lake Erie; exhibition openings happen nearly every weekend in Northeast Ohio; Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra, is one of the centerpieces of University Circle.



Next Steps: Applying to CIA Choosing colleges is an important step in your selection process. Cleveland Institute of Art should be on your short list. The journey to your dream career starts with a few simple steps. The first one: applying to colleges that seem like the best fit. Our combination of faculty, facilities, curriculum, connections, and neighborhood can’t be beat. Apply today.


Connect with us! Schedule a virtual visit with one of our admissions counselors. We can connect you with students and faculty, answer your questions, and review your portfolio and application. Email us to get started: admissions@cia.edu


Apply for Admission Apply and submit your portfolio online. For more information, visit go.cia.edu/apply


Complete 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 cia.edu/financialaid


The Cleveland Institute of Art is an international leader in art and design education. From its inception in 1882, CIA has been empowering young people to use their creativity to build fulfilling careers and to enrich and advance our world.


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