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Continuing Education

Continuing Education . Pre-College Classes 2017 . Foundation in 3D Art + Design 

Foundation in 3D Art + Design

Enhance your portfolio through an exploration of three-dimensional form.

This course will cover a variety of traditional and nontraditional sculptural processes and materials, including additive and reductive carving, foam and plaster modeling, wood armature construction and surface treatment. Working representationally or abstractly, you will create a tabletop sculpture.

You will learn to use state-of-the-art equipment in our fabrication studios, gain a better understanding of the history of sculpture, and explore the fundamental concepts and theories of 3D artwork. You will also get a look into some of the practices explored during the Foundation year as a full-time
student at the Cleveland Institute of Art.


Our 2017 session has ended. Please check back for more info on our 2018 session.


Graffiti HeArt will be working with CIA to provide Pre-College scholarships in 2017. These scholarships will be awarded based on a review of portfolios and a determination of both merit and need. With the mission, “To Inspire Health and Art in the Community,” the local nonprofit focuses on promoting graffiti art and artists through community revitalization projects, funding art education and scholarships for underserved youth in our communities. More information on Graffiti HeArt can be found at

A limited number of partial, need-based scholarships are also available. To apply for a scholarship you must submit a 2016 income tax return of the parent(s) or guardian(s) who claim(s) you as a dependent as well as the parent’s (or guardian’s) spouse’s tax return (if applicable). 


Zak Smoker received his BFA in Sculpture + Expanded Media from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2011and his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. Zak currently works as a technical specialist in the fabrication studios at the Cleveland Institute of Art and is a practicing artist in the greater Cleveland area.

2017 Pre-College Program

Session 1: July 9-21

Biomedical Art
Foundation in 3D Art + Design


Graphic Design
Industrial Design


Photo + Video

Session 2: July 24-August 5

Architectural Drawing

Digital Painting
Foundation in 2D Art + Design
Game Design
Installation + Multimedia
Print + Ceramics
3D Processes + Wearable Art

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Support CIA

Show the world creativity matters: make a gift to the annual fund.

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2017 Faculty Exhibition

CIA’s Faculty Exhibition is on view in Reinberger Gallery through October 8.

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