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Story: Oct 21, 2014

Senior curates exhibition of current students, recent grads ...

View details Unruly Engagements Conference

Events: Nov 06, 2014 @ Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, OH

Unruly Engagements Conference

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Story: Oct 20, 2014

CIA grad transforms Corvette into canvas on wheels

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CIA Exhibition: Nov 07, 2014

Opening Reception Community Works: Artist as Social Agent

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Social: about 15 hours ago via Facebook

CIA students have re-imagined Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland in a series of illustrations that range from edgy to whimsical that are on display at ...

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Story: Aug 27, 2014

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

View details Fall 2014 Open House

Events: Nov 15, 2014

Fall 2014 Open House

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Story: Aug 18, 2014

CIA again named to "Best in the Midwest" list

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3D Texture, Mapping, Digital Lighting

Course No. ANIM 347  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Harrison Walsh | Pete Maric

This course is designed to cover concepts in digital application of texture maps (for virtual 3D models); 3D material qualities and characteristics, digital lighting concepts and design, and rendering methods. The importance of digital cinematography, scene arrangement and compositing of 3D elements of color, camera and light are goals of aesthetic integration. The subject matter within the Biomedical Art curriculum reflects the subject matter of natural science, medicine, and educational media. Elective students may use the course to their individual major focus, but must fulfill the knowledge of concepts and project objectives. Projects include concept integration into technical production workflow for describing digital 3D surfaces and scenes; creating compositional balance of camera, texture (color) and light to illustrate a narrative scene. Projects require the student to continually improve upon conceptual problem solving, time management strategies, communication/presentation and technical skills.

Abnormal Psychology

Course No. SNS 309  Credits: 3.0

How does the psychological community, the legal community and society at large determine what is abnormal? How do we as individuals make decisions about what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior? How do culture, religion and geographical location influence the definitions of normal behavior? It is these questions and others we will explore in this class examining the diagnosing, treatment and experimental study of psychopathology. Through lectures, case presentation, videos and required readings, you will develop an appreciation, understanding, and knowledge of behavior labeled as "abnormal." You will also enhance critical thinking skills, utilize methods of naturalistic observation and gain a sense of compassion and sensitivity for those who live with mental health disorders.

Acting + Directing

Course No. ANIM 230-330-430  Credits: 3.0

Acting/Directing is an Intense production course designed for aspiring Art Directors, Screenwriters and Actors who wish to pursue a career in film and/or animation. The course requires both performance and cinematic practice. Directors will create and produce short scenes taking on the full responsibility of creating clear communication using the audio/visual language of cinema and focusing on the developing and execution of performance on screen. Beyond just holding the responsibility of successful execution of a project, directors will also switch roles with the actor, working from the other side of the lens to better understand the acting process and what kind of specific direction an actor needs to perform according to another director's vision.

Acting + Directing

Course No. PHV 231-331-431  Credits: 3.0


Acting + Directing is an intense production course designed for aspiring art directors, screenwriters, and actors who wish to purse a career in film and/or animation. The course requires both performance and cinematic practice. Directors will create and produce short scenes taking on the full responsibility of creating clear communication using the audio/visual language of cinema and focusing on the developing and execution of performance on screen. Beyond just holding the responsibility of successful execution of a project, directors will also switch roles with the actor, working from the other side of the lens to better understand the acting process and what kind of specific direction an actor needs to perform according to another director’s vision. Open elective.

Adv Enamel Process

Course No. ENA451.1  Credits: 3.0

This course will focus on advanced and experimental processes with enamel. Processes may include but are not limited to: torchfiring, electroforming, grissaille, plique-a-jour, enameling on silver and gold. Advanced students are expected to continue their exploration of the medium, focusing on enamel techniques not covered in the beginning course. Students are encouraged to explore 3-dimensional formats and large-scale applications at the same time as mastering their skills in the processes previously learned. Graduating students are generally working independently on research and production of work for the BFA exhibit. Technical demonstrations will be based on the skill level of the students enrolled each semester. Required of enamel majors. Open to electives.

Adv Glass Concepts: Hot Sculpting

Course No. GLS342.1  Credits: 3.0

With emphasis on Hot Sculpting and students own voice and concepts using glass as a media for expression will be developed. Advancing skills in alternative methods for forming. Techniques is a goal. General studio operation. Safety in the studio. Enrollment priority to intermediate, advanced electives and majors first. Assignments given at an advanced prerequisite, one semester of hot glass. May be repeated. Course fee required. 3 credits.

Adv Glass Concepts: Hot Sculpting

Course No. GLS442.1  Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Hot Glass Intro

With emphasis on Hot Sculpting and students own voice and concepts using glass as a media for expression will be developed. Advancing skills in alternative methods for forming. Techniques is a goal. General studio operation. Safety in the studio. Enrollment priority to intermediate, advanced electives and majors first. Assignments given at an advanced prerequisite, one semester of hot glass. May be repeated. Course fee required.

Advanced 3D Animation

Course No. ANIM 308  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Anthony Scalmato | Hal Lewis
Prerequisite(s) Intro to 3D Animation: Character | Intro to 3D Animation: Character | Intro to 3D Animation: Character | 3D Bioforms: Intro to 3D Modeling | BMA: Intro to 3D Animation

Prerequisites: Intro to 3D Modeling and Intro 3D Animation.

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