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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

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2014 Spring Illustration + Animation Show

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Apr 22, 2014 @ Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland in Cleveland, OH

2014 Spring Design Show

Student Life . Life at CIA . Student Activities 

Student Activities

You are much more than and artist or designer. Maybe you’re a musician too, or an athlete, or a political advocate. So as your classes help transform you into the artist you want to become you may also need a community that supports your growth as a person. 

Through CIA student activities you can spend time developing interests you share with fellow students. Below is a list of current activities. You can also start a group. Download the pdf on starting a student group.

Student Clubs + Descriptions 

Artists for Christ (AFC) 

Artists for Christ is a student group who promotes the spiritual life of CIA students by providing opportunities for Christian spiritual growth through worship, fellowship, training, and servant outreach. 

Campus Activities Board (CAB) 

This club works with Student life & Housing/Student Affairs to sponsor Bongo Ball, the Halloween Party, Cedar Point, Laser Tag (Star Wars), and Pink Pig. CAB does fun stuff! Throughout the school year they have a bunch of activities for students to enjoy like Sandy Candy, Valentine’s & Coffee Time, and De-stress Express just to name a few. 

Community Service Club (CSC) 

The Community Service Club and the office of Student Life & Housing/Student Affairs provides several opportunities for CIA students to serve their local community and the greater Cleveland region. Past activities include MS Fest, Greater Cleveland AIDS Walk, and making dinner for the residents at Hope Lodge. This past year, CSC traveled to New Orleans once again, making it its fifth year of working with Hurricane Katrina relief programs. This year the club will begin working with Habitat for Humanity and will continue to volunteer with new organizations in the years to come. 

Fiber Club 

Fiber Club is open to all students who are interested in the fiber arts. Come and join us while we knit, crochet, share projects and talk! All skill levels welcome. This groups hosts an annual fiber prom in the spring. This club also brings in guest artists to talk to students about various techniques in fiber. 

Gaffer/Glass Club 

Known for their potluck, this group brings in guest artists to talk to students about different techniques in glass blowing. Also you can learn techniques for blowing, handling, and creating glass.  

Game Club 

This group is all about video games and discussing what is good about some games and how other games can be improved. If you love video games this is the club for you. 

Student Independent Exhibition (SIE) 

The annual Student Independent Exhibition is one of the major shows featured in the Institute’s Reinberger Galleries each year. The Exhibition is sponsored by the Student Leadership Council and offers students the opportunity to introduce their work to the public. Show rules, jury selection, publicity, catalogs, exhibit design and installation and the opening reception are organized and coordinated by students. Students in all majors are encouraged to submit work for jury consideration. 

Student Leadership Council 

Student Leadership Council is the student governing organization composed of class representatives from first through fourth year. The council plans and coordinates annual events, and officially presents the views of the student body to faculty and administration. Student Leadership Council also sponsors student organizations, the Halloween Party, Pink Pig, and the annual Student Independent Exhibition. Other sponsored activities include Free Sandwich day brought to students by AFC, Alternative Spring Break (CSC), Style your own Sole party by TOMS, and many more. All students are urged to serve as representatives or attend open meetings. 

TOMS club 

Raising awareness of TOMS, which is a company providing shoes to people all over the world for various reasons including prevention of disease, and share the One for One movement. This group has a Style Your Sole parties, TOMS documentary viewing, and supporting the National Day without shoes. 

For more information:

Matthew Smith
Director of Student Life and Housing
216.421.7495 | Contact

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Rebecca Schaller
Associate Director of Student Life
216.421.7430 | Contact

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