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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 The Accident: Recent Work by Nicky Nodjoumi

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Mar 28, 2014

The Accident: Recent Work by Nicky Nodjoumi

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CIA students presented NEO: A Runway Show in which they modeled wearables – in the form of accessories, design, and conceptual art – before nearly 200 audience members in CIA’s Reinberger Galleries last night. The award winners for the evening were Sculpture major Graham Baldwin, Best of Show; Jewelry + Metals major Hongzhe Ma, Best Accessory; and art education major Raisa E. Cabrera, Best Material and Technology.

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Apr 16, 2014

Alumnus and superhero comics writer Brian Bendis visits 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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Apr 15, 2014

Students win $11,000 in Dealer Tire art competition

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

2014 Spring Design 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"

View details 2014 Spring Illustration + Animation Show

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Apr 22, 2014

2014 Spring Illustration + Animation Show

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Photography Courses

Photo: Alternative Processes

Course No. PHV291/391/491  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Mary Jo Toles
Prerequisite(s) Photo I: Mechanics of Digital + Darkroom Photography | Digital Photo Imaging I | Digital Photo Imaging I

This course investigates the historical processes, contemporary practices, and concepts of alternative photography. This includes non-silver techniques, hand-applied emulsions, chemical, digital and hybrid processes for photographic imaging. Processes demonstrated may include Cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown, Wet Plate Collodion, Platinum-Palladium, Liquid Emulsion and silver and non-silver toning options. Large format negatives for non-silver processes are generated using conventional film cameras, paper and digital negatives as well as photogram and pinhole photography. This course is project-based, involves research and experimentation, and is conducted through hands-on demos and instructional workshops. Open Studio Elective. Recommended for Photography majors. Prerequisites: PHV 295 Photo I: Mechanics of Digital + Film Photography; PHV301 Digital Photo Imaging I, or instructor signature.

Photo: BFA Portfolio + Exhibition

Course No. PHV496M  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Nancy McEntee

Students enrolled in this course build a cohesive portfolio of work to be presented professionally, at their Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition and complete their written Thesis. Students refine conceptual and technical aspects of their own and assignment-based work. Individual BFA Thesis projects are contracted with each student along with calendar dates for all phases of work to be completed. The course format maximizes the potential for dynamic group interaction and facilitates essential one-on-one exchange with faculty and individual students. Within critique and classroom discussion, relevant contemporary, historical, theoretical, and artistic practices are discussed. Faculty provides a balance of assignments, lectures, critiques, visiting artist lectures, workshops and demonstrations as needed. Professional practices and development of an artist exhibition are covered as part of this course. Senior Photo majors are presented with many opportunities to present work to gain the confidence and skills necessary to communicate to a broad range of audiences. Senior Photo Majors are expected to participate in local, regional and national exhibitions. Graduating students are also required to conduct regular meetings with members of their BFA Advisory Committee throughout the semester. Required of Senior Photography majors. Offered spring.

Photo: BFA Thesis + Research

Course No. PHV495M  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Nancy McEntee

This course will provide a framework for developing a conceptual photographic philosophy and written BFA Thesis. Students develop a thesis proposal and written Thesis in conjunction with work they will present in their BFA exhibition and final portfolio. Students hone critical and theoretical skills in photography by examining historical and contemporary practices that have emerged with respect toward concepts and processes. Students investigate these ideas through critical readings, discussions, writing, and field trips. Portfolio, exhibition, professional presentation, and writing skills are fine-tuned in this semester of study. The course format maximizes the potential for dynamic group interaction and facilitates essential one-on-one exchange with faculty and individual students. Senior Photo majors are presented with many opportunities to present work to gain the confidence and skills necessary to communicate to a broad range of audiences. Projects include a Thesis exhibition proposal, written Thesis, and calendar dates for all phases of work to be completed. Individual projects working towards their BFA exhibition are contracted with each student. Required of Senior Photography majors. Offered fall.

Photography: Installation & Constructed Objects

Course No. PHV326  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Barry Underwood | Paul Sobota

This course is a special topic course designed to cover the design, construction and lighting of installations, stage sets, and performance spaces. Students will investigate contemporary applications and approaches to subjects specifically composed for the camera and document installations that exist outside of the studio environment, with an emphasis on the genre’s relationship to historical and contemporary theatre. Workshops include cameras, studio lighting, basic electricity and carpentry, with an emphasis on scenery design. Students will plan and create small-scale models of stage designs; scale up these designs, and document their design. This course will be of special interest to photography students and those working in both installation and industrial design. Open to all majors. Cross-listed with Visual Arts.

Photography: Internship

Course No. PHV299/399/499  Credits: 0.0

Elective credit can be given on a case-by- case basis for an internship developed by student through the career services office, with advance permission of instructor and head of department.

Publication Photography

Course No. PHV229/329/429  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Nancy McEntee
Prerequisite(s) Fundamentals of Studio Lighting | Photo I: Mechanics of Digital + Darkroom Photography

This course introduces students to careers as photographers in the advertising and editorial fields. Students will learn approaches for meeting the expectations of art directors and photo editors while providing creative input of their own. Emphasis is placed on networking, negotiating, understanding and producing contracts and invoices, as well as building a professional portfolio and developing professional marketing strategies. Field trips will be taken to professional photography studios and businesses. Assignments are designed to simulate practical work experiences. Open elective. Prerequisites: PHV 295 Photo I: Mechanics of Digital + Film Photography; PHV 292 Fundamentals of Studio lighting, or Instructor signature.

Sound Design

Course No. IME211/311  Credits: 0.0
Faculty Kasumi | Sarah Paul

This class is focused on aspects of sound design related to the practice of sonic arts. Sound art is flourishing in museums and galleries, on networks, and performed at festivals and performance venues around the world. Like many genres of contemporary art, sound art is interdisciplinary with investigations in: digital manipulation of sound, sound synthesis, sound installation, sound sculpture, psychoacoustics, field recording, noise composition, integrated sound and image works for pre-recorded presentation or performed live. The influence of these forms on popular music, television and cinema scores will also be explored.

The Contemporary Portrait

Course No. PHV228/328/428  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Nancy McEntee
Prerequisite(s) Fundamentals of Studio Lighting | Photo I: Mechanics of Digital + Darkroom Photography

This course is an exploration of contemporary approaches to portraiture and its relation to the historical photographic portrait. Analysis of both simple and complex photographic identities and real and invented realities are investigated. Photographic assignments, readings and discussions lead to a better understanding of the student’s individual approach to the portrait and their unique relationship with the subject. Practical applications of Photographic portraiture will also be discussed. Open Studio elective 3 credits. Prerequisites: PHV 295 Photo I: Mechanics of Digital + Film Photography; PHV 292 Fundamentals of Studio lighting, or Instructor signature.

Photo major who prints on glass makes headlines on Wired.com

Photo major who prints on glass makes headlines on Wired.com

Photography major Emma Howell '14 built a camera that prints images on handblown glass. Wired.com published this feature story on Howell's remarkable achievement.

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