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CIA Exhibition: Nov 07, 2014

Fall 2014 Exhibitions

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Registration opens on Monday, Nov. 25 for the Cleveland Institute of Artís 2D3D national art and design competition for high school students. There are 13 cash ...

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Liberal Arts Courses

CIA: Our Creative Continuum

Course No. HCS 388X  Credits: 3.0

Students will acquire a working knowledge of the history of the Cleveland Institute of Art--with an emphasis on the diversity of accomplishment among both historical and current CIA faculty and alumni--and will consider whether and, if so, how this information supports their own developing artistic identity and their membership in the CIA community, a "creative continuum" now spanning 130 years (1882-2012). Understanding the history of our school will involve some amount of attention to the history of Cleveland (especially post-1860) and its location in Northeast Ohio, as well as the school's proximity to the Cleveland Museum of Art and other cultural institutions, once the school came to University Circle in 1905. The impact of major 20th-century events like the World Wars and the Great Depression on the school and its community will also be considered. May be applied as Creative Writing Concentration course.

Cinematic Landscapes of Asia

Course No. HCS 387X  Credits: 3.0

This discussion/writing-style course is to explore contemporary films of Asia, focusing on India, China (Taiwan & Hong Kong), & Japan. The films serve as a window of global understanding in culture. Through assigned films, political, social, literary and visual aspects of these nations will be stressed in this course. Mini-lectures will be also provided occasionally to prepare the students in understanding the historical and cultural references in the contexts of contemporary Asian films. For writing assignments, each student is encouraged to self-express and self-identify through viewing the films and sophisticate responses in their writings/reports/critics of the films. The class is divided into 2 components: film viewing and discussion/lectures.

Conceptual Art: History, Theory, and Contemporary Practices

Course No. ACD 483X  Credits: 3.0

This theme-based art history course is designed to give students an in-depth, semester-long investigation into the art movements and ideas that informed Conceptual ArtÕs development in the 1960s and 1970s as well as its impact on contemporary art making in the decades that followed. This course will cover, but not be limited to, the so-called heyday of Conceptual Art in the 1960s and 1970s, a focus on which would otherwise reinforce the traditional modernist art historical framework that defined styles in part by limiting them to a specific time period. Significant time in the class will be devoted to investigating examples of conceptually-informed art created in the 1980s, 1990s and the early 21st century, underscoring the impact of Conceptual ArtÕs legacy for art, craft and design today. The course will investigate the philosophies that informed conceptual art that allowed artists to problematize the conditions and encounters with art; the conventions of its visuality, and the circumstances of its production. Visual Culture Emphasis course.

Contemporary African + African American Literature

Course No. LLC 359  Credits: 3.0

Today a good deal of Third-World literature in particular expressed in many vital respects postmodern historical awareness of the parmountcy of the power relations hidden behind political, economic and social institutions and structures both nationally and internationally. With particular emphasis on political economy, this course will examine how this literature re-contextualizes such critical sociological questions as: What's traditionalism? What's modernization? The African-American texts highlight African-American socio-economic challenges today, dating back to Emancipation/Reconstruction, alongside their efforts at socio-cultural self-definitions. Fulfills Humanities/Cultural Studies distribution requirement. Creative Writing Concentration course.

Creative Writing

Course No. LLC 393  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Shelley Bloomfield Costa | Susan Grimm

This course will give students the opportunity to explore the three essential genres of creative writing in a practicum setting. Study and practice will center on basic analytic methods for reading and basic inventive methods for writing short fiction, poetry, and dramatic narratives. Course assignments will include exercises in writing the short story, including the short graphic narrative; various poetic forms such as the sonnet, the villanelle, and the free verse poem; and variants of the short dramatic narrative such as the screen treatment, the story board, and the short film script. Creative Writing can be taken to satisfy either required Junior/Senior Writing-Intensive credit or Open Elective Liberal Arts credit. It will allow students who are planning visual arts careers involving writing (i.e., illustration, film, and video) to develop the basic critical and writing performance skills necessary for their professional advancement. Students who may be considering the Creative Writing Concentration program are strongly urged to take this course during their Sophomore year. Fulfills Humanities/Cultural Studies distribution requirement. Creative Writing Concentration course.

Creative Writing Concentration: Body of Work

Course No. LLC 415  Credits: 1.5

Required of seniors pursuing the Creative Writing Concentration. Not open as an elective. Fall and spring semesters required. 1.5 credits each semester.

Creative Writing Concentration: Body of Work Continuation

Course No. LLC 415C  Credits: 1.5

Required of seniors pursuing the Creative Writing Concentration. Not open as an elective. Fall and spring semesters required. 1.5 credits each semester.

Creative Writing Workshop: Dialogue + Story

Course No. LLC 391  Credits: 3.0

In this course, we concentrate first on writing dialogues, looking at the ways in which conversation establishes character, creates and resolves conflict, and advances plot. We'll see how these dialogues "play" first when we stage them, and then we put them back on the page and wrap stories around them. In-class, team-writing exercises are designed to jump start your ideas and provide our working material. We'll also take a look at excerpts from narratives by master storytellers, experiment with re-telling the story just through dialogue, and see how these artistic choices inevitably shape the content itself. Fulfills Humanities/Cultural Studies distribution requirement. Creative Writing Concentration course.

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Nancy McEntee

Professor/Chair of Photography + Video

Nancy McEntee is a Professor of Photography and Chair of the Photography & Video department at the Clevela...more

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