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Apr 15, 2014

Students win $11,000 in Dealer Tire art competition

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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 11, 2014

Romanian visiting artist brings new perspective to 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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Join us tomorrow, April 16 at 6:30pm at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s Nathan and Fannye Shafran Planetarium for a one-night-only screening of 360 Degrees of Sight + Sound: The Planetarium Project. This public program will feature animations created by CIA students that bring compositions created by Cleveland Institute of Music students to life. See more info. at http://ow.ly/vOSYt

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Apr 06, 2014

April 16 is encore of 360 Degrees of Sight + Sound: The Planetarium Project

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Mar 28, 2014

The Accident: Recent Work by Nicky Nodjoumi

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Mar 18, 2014

Corvette designer returns to teach, show his latest work

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Apr 14, 2014 @ University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, OH

2014 Biomedical Art Spring 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"

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

Academics . Interior Architecture . Courses

Interior Architecture Courses

Architectural Drawing and Documentation

Course No. INTA231B  Credits: 3.0
Faculty George Gatta

This course is an introduction to hand drafting and documentation including drawing, lettering and historic referencing as well as ADA topics, historic vernacular, and space planning. Field trips may be included. Mandatory for all Sophomore Interior Design Majors. Open elective, sophomore and above. Offered fall.

Architecture and Communication Skills

Course No. INTA385  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Pete Maric
Prerequisite(s) INTA: Communication Skills 1 | INTA: Communication Skills 2

Advanced level drawing and rendering, focusing on traditional and digital media. Mandatory for all Junior Interior Architecture Majors. Open elective, sophomore and above. Prerequisites: INTA285 and INTA286 required for Interior Architecture majors. No prerequisites for elective students. 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 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.

INTA Advanced Problems

Course No. INTA432B  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Michael Gollini
Prerequisite(s) Space + Planning Fundamentals | Architectural Drawing and Documentation | Retail, Restaurant, and Store Design | Materials, Research, + Space Planning | INTA: Communication Skills 1 | INTA: Communication Skills 2 | INTA: Intermediate Problems | Retail Design + Brand Design | Interior Architecture: AutoCAD | Architecture and Communication Skills | Interior Architecture: Internship

A Senior level advanced Design problem will be assigned to the students with a final review with an industry professional. Senior students from outside the department may petition to enroll in the course with major department chair's approval. Offered spring.

INTA BFA Survey

Course No. INTA432A  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Michael Gollini
Prerequisite(s) Space + Planning Fundamentals | Architectural Drawing and Documentation | Retail, Restaurant, and Store Design | Materials, Research, + Space Planning | INTA: Communication Skills 1 | INTA: Communication Skills 2 | INTA: Intermediate Problems | Retail Design + Brand Design | Interior Architecture: AutoCAD | Architecture and Communication Skills | Interior Architecture: Internship

Final Preparation for Senior BFA. Faculty work with seniors to prepare + plan their final BFA Exhibition + Presentation for spring. Preparation for career search and interviewing skills will be a part of the course. Prerequisites: All sophomore and junior major studio courses must be completed. Offered spring.

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Michael Gollini

Associate Professor/Chair of Interior Architecture

Michael is an associate professor and chair of the Interior Design Department at the Cleveland Institute of Ar...more

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Pre-College Program

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Nicky Nodjoumi and Dinner by Design exhibitions

CIA welcomes spring with two very different shows opening on March 28.

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