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Story: Aug 27, 2014

New residence hall welcomes first-year students in comfort, ...

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CIA Exhibition: Aug 28, 2014

2014 Faculty Exhibition

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Story: Aug 18, 2014

2014 grad to design whimsical playgrounds for Colorado compa...

View details Lunch On Fridays: Kasumi

Events: Sep 05, 2014

Lunch On Fridays: Kasumi

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We love to hear the excited reactions from our incoming class, who are the first to live in CIA's new Uptown Residence Hall. One student, Emily Linville, sai...

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Story: Aug 18, 2014

CIA again named to "Best in the Midwest" list

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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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Story: Aug 11, 2014

Student-designed app teaches embryology, improves scores

View details Fall 2014 Open House

Events: Nov 15, 2014

Fall 2014 Open House

Academics . Curriculum . Digital Canvas Initiative 

Digital Canvas Initiative

In the fall of 2011, CIA launched its Digital Canvas Initiative, an ambitious integration of the iPad into the freshman art and design curriculum. With a commitment to teaching essential group- and project-based courses, CIA faculty added new opportunities for problem-based learning through collaboration. 

From sketch battles, to real-time classroom research, iPads support what has been considered a primarily hands-on education by eliminating barriers to group work and serving as a portable source of creative apps, tools for research, organization, communication, and collaboration.

CIA’s Digital Canvas Initiative supports:

  • creative risk taking and experimentation critical to artistic growth
  • problem-based learning using technology in which incoming freshmen are most familiar
  • research and quick information gathering for in-class projects
  • collaboration through group-based work 

iPads for all CIA Freshmen

All CIA freshmen receive an iPad to keep upon graduation. iPads are fully integrated into CIA’s Foundation curriculum supporting group-based work and creative exploration essential to a robust first-year experience.

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Running into trouble with your iPad? Submit an inquiry by clicking here, and CIA’s IT department will get back to you with a solution!

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Community Works

Visiting artists, exhibitions, conference and symposia exploring socially engaged art.

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Cores + Connections

Learn more about CIA's proven method for academic and professional excellence.