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Apr 23, 2014

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

View details CIA's Traveling Sketchbooks make a last stop at MOCA

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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 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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CIA students presented NEO: A Runway Show in which they modeled wearables – in the form of accessories, design, and conceptual art – before nearly 200 audience members in CIA’s Reinberger Galleries last night. The award winners for the evening were Sculpture major Graham Baldwin, Best of Show; Jewelry + Metals major Hongzhe Ma, Best Accessory; and art education major Raisa E. Cabrera, Best Material and Technology.

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Apr 16, 2014

Alumnus and superhero comics writer Brian Bendis visits CIA

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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Apr 15, 2014

Students win $11,000 in Dealer Tire art competition

View details 2014 Spring Design Show

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

2014 Spring Design 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"

View details 2014 Spring Illustration + Animation Show

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Apr 22, 2014

2014 Spring Illustration + Animation Show

Academics . Foundation . Courses

Foundation Courses

Drawing II

Course No. FND118  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Barbara Chira | Christian Wulffen | Douglas Sanderson | Gretchen Goss | Jenniffer Omaitz | Jimmy Kuehnle | Kim Bissett | Michael Meier | Sai Sinbondit | Sarah Kabot | Terry Clark | Tommy White
Prerequisite(s) Drawing I

Drawing 2 continues to build on basic drawing concepts, methods, and materials that were introduced in the previous semester. Emphasis for Drawing 2 is on the human figure, with observational drawing from the live model in the classroom, and weekly out-of-class drawing assignments which explore various figurative concepts. Special attention is given to composition, visual analysis, and expression through drawing from observation, including perspective theories as they relate to objects and environments. The language of mark making is also introduced in a range of drawing media. Students develop a personal approach through the use of drawing/sketchbooks. Students are challenged to incorporate skills and theories into resolved drawings; to think critically regarding the content and process of drawing; to develop confidence when experimenting with new media; and to develop vocabulary in order to be an active, informed participant in class discussions and critiques. Prerequisite: FND117 Drawing I. Offered spring.

Freshman Elective: Crafts: Ideas, Objects, Traditions

Course No. FND130C  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Chadd Lacy | Judith Salomon

This course offers students a hands-on studio experience in four major studios with six of CIA’s most experienced faculty. Through a variety of materials and processes used in the Ceramics, Glass, and Jewelry and Metals department, students can examine the potential for two-dimensional image, three- dimensional form, and the Cultural importance of craft. During this class you will be introduced to and familiarize yourself with each of these disciplines while gaining valuable hands-on skills in diverse materials and design approaches. Offered spring.

Freshman Elective: Design

Course No. FND130D  Credits: 3.0

For freshmen interested in the areas of Graphic Design, Industrial Design, and Interior Design. Offered spring.

Freshman Elective: Integrated Media: Image, Light

Course No. FND130I  Credits: 3.0

This class is designed to introduce students to working with integrated media. Each student will complete several projects, some group and some individual. The projects will focus on conceptual development and integration of media. Students will be expected to experiment with different media, both familiar and unfamiliar. We will explore the various disciplines within the Integrated Media Environment: Biomedical Art, Illustration, Photography, Video, Sound, Game Design, Animation and Emerging Media. Students will often choose the medium they are working with, but will always be required to integrate another medium or discipline to complete a project successfully. Offered spring.

Freshman Elective: Visual Arts + Technologies: Contemporary Art Practice

Course No. FND130V  Credits: 3.0

Students will be introduced to: Basic concepts and skills relating to contemporary art practices in Image Making; Aspects of Visual Literacy and the Process of Criticism; Focus on the vocabulary directly relevant to the field of Image Making within the Contemporary Art Context.

Students will explore: How to turn Intuitions into Subjects; The Role of experimentation and risk taking in art-making; Traditional and non-traditional materials, processes and forms; How to formulate critical judgment; The relation between ideation and realization.

Offered spring.

Material Color

Course No. FND103M  Credits: 1.5
Faculty Barbara Chira | Douglas Sanderson | Jessica Pinsky | Sai Sinbondit | Terry Clark | Tommy White

This one-half semester course introduces color in subtractive synthesis (pigment). This course explores color theory, perception, and application, through a series of three fundamental color investigations offering opportunities for multiple compositional solutions and the development of material skills. In tandem with its companion course, Digital Color, students pursue a personal color sensibility, in preparation for any art or design field. Course structure consists of introductory concept lectures, technical instruction, studio time with guidance, and group critique of finished assignments. Offered fall.

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Tommy White, born in Detroit, received his M.F.A. from Clemson University in the discipline of painting and a ...more

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