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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 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

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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"

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Apr 22, 2014

2014 Spring Illustration + Animation Show

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Graphic Design Courses

BFA Statement and Exhibtion

Course No. GDS466  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Mari Hulick

This is the second half of core class for the Senior year of study in the major. This is the realization phase of the BFA thesis presented at the end of the semester. Prerequisites: Students must be working toward a BFA in one of the Design Environment departments. Other students may be admitted with permission of the instructor. Offered spring.

BFA Thesis

Course No. GDS465  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Mari Hulick

This is the core class for the Senior year of study in the major. The class meets weekly for presentations and to develop research skills and strategic practice. This is the research and idea-phase of the BFA thesis presented in the spring. Presentation, research, and ideational skills are stressed. Offered fall.

Communication Design: Advanced Studio

Course No. CDS366.1  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Larry O'Neal
Prerequisite(s) Typography I | Design for Communication I

This is the core class for the second year (junior) of study in the major. The class works on client-based projects. All students work on the projects, all students present to clients, and one design is chosen to be realized. During the course, iterations and presentation skills are stressed as students learn how to navigate the crucial relationship with the client. Students work within realistic industry deadlines and adhere to specific current production requirements. Students will realize a number of presentations for clients throughout the year. They practice and realize both hard-copy and digital presentations. Research, empathy, and design skills are stressed. =

Contemporary Marketing + Art Direction

Course No. GDS367  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Larry O'Neal

Focuses on using communication design and visualization skills to communicate ideas in print and in new media. Heavy emphasis on conceptualization. Classroom discussions along with critiques set up to mimic actual creative department environment. Offered fall.

Design as Entrepreneurship I

Course No. DES356X  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kaja Tooming Buchanan

The goal of this course is to integrate the disciplines of art, craft and design in a new form of creative practice. Through studio and seminar work we will focus on creative projects that can impact organizations and society at large. We will develop design and management skills, exploring the interdisciplinary relationship of design, innovation and entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship as a practice means inventing new ideas and developing them in ways that benefit people. Students will work in teams and will develop meaningful products that serve human beings in everyday life. We will explore tangible and intangible products that are useful, usable, and desirable. Intangible products may include human interactions, services, or systems—exploring the relationships among people, their activities, and the environment within which they live. Open to all juniors and seniors.

Design as Entrepreneurship II

Course No. DES357X  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kaja Tooming Buchanan

The goal of this course is to integrate the disciplines of art, craft and design in a new form of creative practice. Through studio and seminar work we will focus on creative projects that can impact organizations and society at large. We will develop design and management skills, exploring the interdisciplinary relationship of design, innovation and entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship as a practice means inventing new ideas and developing them in ways that benefit people. Students will work in teams and will develop new meaningful products that serve human beings in everyday life. We will explore tangible and intangible products that are useful, usable, and desirable. Intangible products may include human interactions, services, or systems — exploring the relationships among people, their activities, and the environment within which they live.

Design for Communication I

Course No. GDS265  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Mari Hulick

This is one of the two central classes in the first year of study in Communication Design (alongside Typography). In the first semester, students become familiar with the broader discipline of the field through the construction of abstract design concepts, layout, symbols, and sequential systems. Conceptual thinking and the integration of typography with imagery are explored throughout the course. In the 2nd semester, students investigate projects that follow the various sub-fields of the profession; projects include Identity, Web/Interactive, Information and Wayfinding. Students will be assigned multiple projects throughout the year. Each project begins with a lecture and demonstration of techniques. Each week, students practice presentation to the larger group in formal and informal critique and brainstorming sessions. Faculty will work one on one with students to answer questions and assist in the process. Reviews will be held at key points during each project. Offered fall.

Design for Communication II

Course No. GDS266  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Mari Hulick
Prerequisite(s) Design for Communication I

This is one of the two central classes in the first year of study in Communication Design (alongside Typography). In this course, students investigate projects that follow the various sub-fields of the profession; projects include Identity, Web/Interactive, Information and Wayfinding. Students will be assigned multiple projects throughout the year. Each project begins with a lecture and demonstration of techniques. Each week, students practice presentation to the larger group in formal and informal critique and brainstorming sessions. Faculty will work one on one with students to answer questions and assist in the process. Reviews will be held at key points during each project. Prerequisite: CDS265 Design for Communication I or permission of spring instructor. Offered spring.

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Mari Hulick

Associate Professor

Designer, writer, amateur historian and nascent bread baker, Mari has been involved with information design an...more

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