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Apr 23, 2014

CIA grads win 25% of nation's top retail design honors

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Mar 15, 2014 @ MOCA Cleveland in Cleveland, OH

CIA's Traveling Sketchbooks make a last stop at MOCA

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Apr 17, 2014

Design major gets zombie's reception at her former school

View details Dinner by Design – Art of the Table, and a runway show

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Mar 28, 2014

Dinner by Design – Art of the Table, and a runway show

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The game design industry is constantly evolving, and CIA’s students are on the edge of the newest technologies and gaming tactics. This weekend, the Great Lakes Science Center will host our students for the Game Design Spring Show, as they present their amazing work. The exhibition reception is tomorrow, Apr. 25, from 1-3pm. Click below for more details.

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Apr 16, 2014

Alumnus and superhero comics writer Brian Bendis visits CIA

View details The Accident: Recent Work by Nicky Nodjoumi

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Mar 28, 2014

The Accident: Recent Work by Nicky Nodjoumi

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Apr 15, 2014

Students win $11,000 in Dealer Tire art competition

View details 2014 Spring Illustration + Animation Show

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Apr 22, 2014

2014 Spring Illustration + Animation Show

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Apr 22, 2014

4/24-27: Bernard Hermann weekend with CITIZEN KANE, MARNIE & more!

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Aug 20, 2013

CIA named one of the "Best in the Midwest"

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Apr 22, 2014 @ Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland in Cleveland, OH

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Arts Journalism

Course No. LLC205WX  Credits: 3.0

In this elective course, students will study various forms and stages of writing about art for publication. In addition to reading and discussing effective examples of published writings on art, students will produce a total of 20 pages of writing throughout the semester in the form of reviews, interviews, profiles, and feature stories. Students will alternately function as writers and editors as they produce written work that is expressly conceived and shaped for publication. Through reading and writing assignments, discussions, and in-class exercises, students will gain a well-rounded knowledge of arts journalism from multiple vantage points: as readers, writers, and editors. Students will gain experience in producing finished articles that can be published online through various websites and blogs, eventually including CIA's own online journal. As a Sophomore writing elective, this course will fulfill LLC 104 requirement and also serve as a valuable component of CIA's new writing concentration. Fulfills Humanities/Cultural Studies distribution requirement. Creative Writing Concentration course.

Asian Art Survey

Course No. ACD372  Credits: 3.0

This course serves as a "survey" or a window for the art of multiple cultures. This lecture/exercise/discussion-style course explores the art and visual culture of Asia, focusing on India, Japan and China. Political, religious, social, and visual aspects of art will be stressed in class. In order to understand the art and civilization of these three countries, we will look at art objects ranging from ancient archaeological finds, medieval architecture to modern and contemporary art. Subjects such as women artists, performing arts and animation will also be discussed in this course. The content of this course will be generally divided into pre-Modern, Modern, and Contemporary eras in which art and visual culture will be discussed with geographic perspectives. As the semester progresses, some additional readings and films may be assigned. Each student is encouraged to find examples learned in the course and apply them to his/her intellectual development. Visual Culture Emphasis course.

Autobiographical Narrative in African Literature

Course No. LLC207W  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Olatubosun Ogunsanwo

This course consists of six first-person accounts, which highlight the socio-historical and psychological significance of the autobiographical narrative in the black experience. The autobiographical mode is one of the predominant forms of literary expression in black literature, dating back to the "slave narrative" of the eighteenth century, just as it is in the hands of African artists a prominent literary form that is characterized by its predominantly collective and communal narrative voice. The course will focus on the interface between individual life-story and collective (social) history. It will also consider in the postmodernist sense the thin line between fiction and history (art and life), while exploring individual consciousness as an art of rhetorical self-definition and subjectivity. The last two books include two generational responses to womanist issues; and both of them problematize the autobiographical art-form. There are six videos primarily to provide socio-historical background to the course. The videos, as visual texts, are also meant to create a critical interface with the 6 literary socio-constructs, with a view to stimulating your deep insights into the course. Fulfills Humanities/Cultural Studies distribution requirement. Creative Writing Concentration course.

Avant Garde Film

Course No. HCS325.1  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Bruce Checefsky

Film, the quintessential art form of the 20th century, added time and relativity to the artist's palette. This course examines the abstract and non-narrative tradition: films that focus on manipulation of form, motion, and the collage-like collision of images in time (montage). Topics include early Soviet formalists, Dadaist and Surrealist films of the 1920's and 1930's, and American underground films of the 1960's and 1970's. Students keep a journal of their impressions of each film shown. COURSE FEE REQUIRED. May be applied as Visual Culture Emphasis course. 3 credits.

Avant-Garde Film: Montaged "Talkies"

Course No. HCS425.1  Credits: 3.0

Traditional film classes assume all films strive for narrative continuity and therefore organize their analyses around film techniques (editing, sound, cinematography), this class will view and discuss films of this a-chronological genre according to the underlying philosophical stance--or art movement--appropriate to each director. Theoretical approaches from visual art (surrealism, cubism, post-modernism), mathematics (fractal theory, chaos theory), psychology, history and from literary schools ("The New Novel" from Raymond Roussell to Robbe-Grillet) will provide intellectual and analytic base for these enigmatic works of narrative art. Course fee required. May be applied as Visual Culture Emphasis course. 3 credits.

Basic Histology

Course No. BMA312  Credits: 3.0

Fundamental histology course covering microscopic structure, nomenclature, and function of normal cells, tissues, and organs (human emphasis) to provide a sound foundation for bioengineering, pre-medical and pre-dental students. CIA Students interested in registering for this course; please contact Amanda Almon (Head of Biomedical Art) & Dr. Joseph Miller, CWRU course faculty. Cross-registration at CWRU required.

Basic Theories of Psychology

Course No. SNS308  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Adina Davidson

This course will offer an overview of the basic theories of psychology and how they apply to human development. We will explore the questions of what motivates people to do what they do. How and why do people change as they grow from infants to adults? How do we develop in our ability to play, to work, to love and to be ethical human beings? The course will cover the major personality theories of Freud and his understanding of the unconscious, Erickson, Jung with his description of the shadows and archetypes in the human mind and Rogers' humanistic psychology as well as learning theories and systems of moral development. The course will also cover the major feminist critiques of these systems. There will be a brief overview of psychological problems such as major depression, schizophrenia, phobias, etc., as well as some methods of treatment.

BFA Production + Independent Research: Production, Conveyance + Presentation

Course No. SCU428M  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Jimmy Kuehnle

Required for all senior sculpture majors.

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Nicky Nodjoumi and Dinner by Design exhibitions

CIA welcomes spring with two wildly different shows.

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