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Apr 17, 2014

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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 16, 2014

CIA's 'focused workshop environment' paid off

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Mar 28, 2014

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

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Explore the best works and latest ideas by students in our renowned Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, and Graphic Design programs at the 2014 Spring Design Show’s public opening at Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland MOCA this Tuesday, Apr. 22 from 5-7pm. More info. at http://ow.ly/vVsGC.

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Apr 15, 2014

Students win $11,000 in Dealer Tire art competition

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Mar 28, 2014

The Accident: Recent Work by Nicky Nodjoumi

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Apr 11, 2014

Romanian visiting artist brings new perspective to CIA

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Apr 22, 2014

2014 Spring Illustration + Animation Show

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Apr 15, 2014

4/17-19: Benicio Del Toro in Jimmy P, Hitchcock's To Catch A Thief & 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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Graphic Design Courses

Design Research Methods

Course No. DES353  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kaja Tooming Buchanan

The goal of this course is to explore the methods by which designers come to understand user needs, feelings, expectations, and values. These methods are a preparation for developing breakthrough products— tangible and intangible—as well as interactions and services. We will explore several methods and their practical application in the design process to develop new products and test their usability and efficiency. Understanding user experience has become a central, distinguishing feature of the best product development, and our goal is to survey some of the best methods in current use. For example, we will learn how to build scenarios, interpret needs, generate and test ideas, visualize information and choreograph solutions. This involves interdisciplinary understanding, because many of the methods come from other fields. The growing complexity of products in our lives requires a wider understanding of how the social and behavioral sciences, together with the humanities and cultural sciences, are of deep value in the work of design. It requires, for example, an understanding of case study methodology, a matrix of methods of value for designers. It also requires deeper understanding of the underlying principles that give meaning, create value, and direct the whole design process. The course will be based on readings, exercises, and a variety of practical projects that support studio work. Apply as studio elective or as art/craft/design history/theory liberal arts distribution requirement.

Emotion + Aesthetic Expression

Course No. DES350  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kaja Tooming Buchanan

The goal of this course is to explore the concepts of emotion and aesthetic expression. We will seek to understand how and why emotion and aesthetic expression are central concepts in the theory and practice of art and design. We seek a strategic perspective on art and design with particular attention to the concepts and methods of liberal arts. We seek to balance theory, practice and production and encourage innovation and creativity. We will investigate concrete examples of emotional and aesthetic expression in a variety of traditional and new media in art and design, exploring different subject matters, materials, forms and purposes. Final grades will be based on two components: class participation and written assignments.

Experimental Film + Video Art

Course No. PHV240/340/440  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kasumi | Sarah Paul
Prerequisite(s) Video/Digital Cinema I: Screen Grammar

This is an advanced video course, investigating the scope of symbolic and improvisatory cinematic storytelling. Students will explore unconventional methods of video acquisition, manipulation, processing, editing and display. Students will be able to delve into media hybrids, and rather than established narrative forms, underscoring metaphorical poetic styles that inform the structure of the work. Emphasis is on the development of acute observational skills and innovative visualization techniques and encourages divergent thinking and cognitive flexibility. This course is for students who have a sustained interest in using video and digital cinema’s technologies as part of their art-making. Required of Photo Majors in the Video track. Open Elective. Prerequisite: PHV267 Video/Digital Cinema I or signature of instructor.

Experimentation in Electronic Arts II

Course No. TIM416  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Marc Tomko

This is a seminar class that guides students in the development and realization of a semester long research project in electronic arts. Projects can be in a wide range of areas, hybrid thinking and intermedia approaches are strongly encouraged. Topics in the theory and history of contemporary art related to current and emerging practices will also be discussed. The class is designed to allow for synthesis of content from earlier studies into significant finished work that will be shown in an exhibition planned, managed and coordinated by the students under the direction of the instructor. Offered spring.

Graphic Design: Advanced Studio

Course No. GDS365  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Larry O'Neal | Thomas Nowacki

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. Pre-requisites: CDS203 Typography I and CDS265 Design for Communication I are strongly recommended. Offered fall.

Graphic Design: Internship

Course No. GDS399/499  Credits: 0.0

Elective credit can be given on a case-by- case basis for an internship developed by student through the career services office, with advance permission of instructor and head of department.

Graphic User Interface: Information Architecture

Course No. GDS206/306/406  Credits: 3.0

In the information age, the presentation of information is of special importance. Information surrounds us at every moment: the phone bill, the weather forecast, global warming reports, the list of your friends on Facebook...all of this information must be organized in some fashion to make it meaningful. This course will focus on how designers and artists can effectively represent information in a visual format. Special emphasis will be placed on how information is used to persuade or affect us. Concepts explored will include informational systems and graphics developed for physical and electronic media. Students will architect informational systems in a medium of their choice (online, print, painting, etc.).

Graphics for Design

Course No. GDS238  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Amy Nehez-Cuffaro | Mari Hulick

This course is designed to teach graphic presentation skills for non-majors in the first semester, and to help students create an effective professional presentation package in the second. The first semester focuses on developing an understanding of key graphic elements, including; grid, type and hierarchy. The second semester focuses on students using these elements to develop their personal portfolios and professional presentation packages. The emphasis of the entire course is to teach effective visual presentation skills. All assignments are geared to help the students develop overall presentation abilities, while building a basic understanding the keys elements of graphic and communication design. Offered spring. Prerequisite: GDS237 Graphics for Design or GDS265 Design for Communication I.

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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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