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CIA Exhibition: Aug 28, 2014

2014 Faculty Exhibition

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Story: Aug 18, 2014

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Events: Sep 05, 2014

Lunch On Fridays: Kasumi

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Story: Aug 18, 2014

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Events: Sep 06, 2014

Mizoguchi's Greatest Decade

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Story: Aug 13, 2014

Biomedical grad wins award for animation on stuttering

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Events: Sep 27, 2014

Filmmaker and author John Waters to present one-man show

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Blog: Aug 26, 2014

8/28-31: Finding Vivian Maier, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors & more!

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Student-designed app teaches embryology, improves scores

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Events: Nov 15, 2014

Fall 2014 Open House

Academics . Illustration . Overview

Illustration

As an Illustration major at one of the best art schools in the country, you will learn how to creatively translate conceptual ideas and emotions into visual imagery. Original thinking, the ability to formulate and express clear, relevant thoughts, and problem solving are core skills we teach in our Illustration program. You also will master a broad array of materials and techniques, ranging from pencils, acrylics, oils, and inks to contemporary collage, photographic, and digital processes. You will develop and complete projects in areas such as storytelling and advertising, editorial, and print illustration.

Draw inspiration for your work from field trips to professional art studios and advertising agencies as well as from interactions with our talented visiting artists. Share your portfolio with employers, illustrators, and designers, who are invited each year to the Institute.

What can I do with a degree in Illustration?

  • Storyboard Artist
  • Graphic Novelist
  • Children's Book Author
  • Concept Artist
  • Web Designer
  • Clean Up Animator
CIA grads brought Lucy to life at Cleveland Museum of Natural History
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CIA grads brought Lucy to life at Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Seven alumni involved in makeover of exhibition about early human ancestors. more

Illustration students wow the crowd at comics con

Illustration students wow the crowd at comics con

Illustration students in Adjunct Professor Bradley Ricca's Graphic Narratives class wowed the crowd at the fifth annual Genghis Con Comics and Arts Festival.

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Larry O'Neal

Assistant Professor/Chair of Graphic Design

Larry O’Neal is a graphic designer/illustrator with a unique professional history that allows him to pro...more

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While at CIA, you'll learn from the masters through our rigorous, world-class curriculum and connect with working professionals to begin your career.

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