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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 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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The game design industry is constantly evolving, and CIA’s students are on the edge of the newest technologies and gaming tactics. This weekend, the Great Lakes Science Center will host our students for the Game Design Spring Show, as they present their amazing work. The exhibition reception is tomorrow, Apr. 25, from 1-3pm. Click below for more details.

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Apr 16, 2014

Alumnus and superhero comics writer Brian Bendis visits CIA

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Mar 28, 2014

The Accident: Recent Work by Nicky Nodjoumi

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Apr 15, 2014

Students win $11,000 in Dealer Tire art competition

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Apr 22, 2014

2014 Spring Illustration + Animation 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 @ Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland in Cleveland, OH

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Sculpture Courses

Kinetics, Motion, + Space

Course No. SCU213/313/413  Credits: 3.0

Utilizing methods of observation, experiential "mapping" and research, students are asked to deal with problems of three-dimensionality as embedded within the continuous nature of events, actions, and movements recorded, performed or proposed. Of particular interest will be the concerns of interaction both within and between spatial locations, conditions and the unseen. Students will be asked to consider ideas of trace, residue, causation, and the rhizomatic, as well as non-linear vs. linear progressions. Questions will include: How do we navigate both three-dimensional and conceptual space(s)? How can the experience of a space be explored, mapped, and understood as a physical condition via the movement or interaction? What is the nature of a spatial event? Students will be expected to complete all assigned readings, develop and complete projects by dealing with movement and space through the process of mapping and investigation. Open to all students.

Mapping + Memory: Spacial Constructions

Course No. SCU204/304/404  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kevin Kautenburger

This course will focus on various properties of memory as they are informed by contemporary science and philosophy via the transformation of "information, thoughts and experiences" as a process of mapping and as a condition of recording into works of art. Mapping (recording) for this course should be understood as a process of revelation, a translation of fact (reality) or imagination (memory) into dimensional representations. Mapping implies numerous spatial relationships, framing positions such as scale and physical proximity, the passage of time and the probabilistic qualities of space-time. In addition to significance of proximity when exploring and understanding space the process of mapping is also associated with journey in space or as the length of a durational event. In order to accomplish these transformations students will be able to engage and examine both physical and virtual approaches to spatial construction will be encouraged. Open to all students.

Material Matters

Course No. FIB377/477  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Christina Cassara

This is an advanced level studio class, which will offer the student a more sophisticated understanding of the inter-relationship between material, process and idea. The cultural and historic references of materials and processes play a powerful role in communication. To further that investigation and use it to support work, lectures and discussions will ask questions about the definitions and norms of the European/Mainstream art system. Topics will include, for example, the place of art within the gallery system and the role of art in 'non/European' cultures; the relationship between Art and the Everyday; the relationship between Realization and Representation; and the role of Social Participation in an art practice. Other topics will be guided by the work being done by the students enrolled in the class. Open elective, limited to Juniors and Seniors. Required for FMS Seniors.

Materiality & Aesthetics

Course No. SCU232  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kevin Kautenburger

The goal of this course is to expose students to the qualitative nature of materiality at a fundamental level and to provide them with a formative understanding of the various aesthetic qualities that materials possess. In other words this course introduces how materials influence the meaning of a work of art. This course addresses how the qualities of material act as determine aesthetic organization and conditions of conveyance within a work. The course focuses on both the physicality of material condition(s) of state-change, intensive material exploration and experimentation as a function of structure, and its affect on aesthetic production. Required at the sophomore level for all Sculpture majors and open to all other students. Offered spring.

Moving Images in Space: Media Installation

Course No. TIM206/306/406  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Marc Tomko

This class serves as an introduction to and exploration of media installation including the use of video, sound, light, and electronic media when combined with space and various media. Lectures will cover concepts and presentations of artists working in various capacities with installation and electronic media. Course work will be hands-on practice of techniques and concepts presented in lecture, discussion of readings, and critique of student projects. This class will involve doing media/electronic media assignments centered around the idea of the 'media as a message' and 'interactivity'. Students will work with different material and media and use video, sound and light to prepare installations. We will use FinalCut Pro, GarageBand, Flash, and other tools to support elements in installations that use images, text and sound.

On the Body

Course No. FIB221/321/421  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Christina Cassara

Experimental fashion, object-generated performance and costume. This course will teach pattern making and a variety of fabrication processes relevant to building three-dimensional forms from pliant and mutable materials, including but not restricted to cloth. It will also include casting methods that are useful for designing patterns to cover a body or act as the skin of an object. The techniques have a wide range of applications. In the past students have applied these skills to experimental fashion, sculpture, social sculpture and performance. In addition class material will address our social and cultural understanding of the body as a source for making work. We will draw on theory and contemporary research from the fields of fashion, the hard sciences and the social sciences. Required of junior Fiber majors. Open to all sophomores, juniors and seniors as an elective. No prerequisites. Offered yearly.

Role of the Artist as Producer

Course No. VAT400  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Daniel Tranberg | Lane Cooper | Tommy White

Contemporary artists have a multitude of ways they can engage with the larger world, beyond the realm of the gallery or museum. Students enrolled in this course will explore various models of artistic production including, but not limited to, performer, activist, curator and provocateur. The relationship between method of creation and idea, or the handmade versus the industrial, will be investigated. Additionally, assignments will challenge students to analyze the content of their artwork within local, national, and global contexts. Coursework will include studio work, readings, discussion, and critiques. Required for VAT seniors in all majors. Open as an elective with approval of instructor. Offered fall.

Sculpture + Expanded Media

Course No. SCU231  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Christina Cassara | Jimmy Kuehnle

This course provides an introduction to sculpture and expanded media by examining the methodologies, materials, history, traditions,and cultural context of sculpture and expanded media in contemporary art.. The class will include wood construction and textile-based fabrication processes, moldmaking and casting relevant to a range of materials, basic metalworking techniques such as cutting and welding, and will introduce the student to the use of time-based media present in contemporary sculpture. Required for sophomore Sculpture majors. Open to all students as an elective. Offered fall.

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Christina Cassara

Professor/Co-Chair of Sculpture

Tina Cassara received a BA in urban studies, emphasis in sociology from Barnard College, Columbia University. ...more

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