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Continuing Education . Pre-College Classes 2017 . Photo + Video 

Photo + Video

Use the fundamentals of photography and video to explore the dynamic intersection between still and moving images. 

Coursework will investigate the historical and contemporary contexts of the aesthetic form and visual language of optical imaging. Demonstrations, lectures, and assignments will take place in the traditional darkroom, digital lab, lighting studio and during field trips to various locations. Students will gain knowledge through technical training on photography and video camera controls, darkroom and inkjet printing, basic studio lighting, digital editing, and multimedia installation techniques.

In addition, the class will focus on the fundamental rules of composition, contemporary concepts, and examples of historical and contemporary photographic and video works of art. Students will engage in a collaborative studio environment; contribute to and receive constructive critique; establish critical thinking skills and form a photographic vision while developing personal projects. No previous photography or video experience required. It is strongly recommended that students bring their own digital SLR camera with video functions and an external hard drive or large USB flash drive (64GB) for digital file storage.


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). 


Jerry Birchfield earned an MFA from Cornell University in 2014 and a BFA in Photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2009. He teaches in the Photography + Video Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art. He received a John Hartell Graduate Award from Cornell University in 2013 and an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in 2011. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland; the Toledo Museum of Art; and William Busta Gallery.

Jacob Koestler  currently located in Cleveland, OH, Jacob Koestler is an artist and musician from Johnstown, PA and holds an MFA from Ohio University's Photography and Integrated Media program. With photography, video and multimedia installations he investigates the current climate of post-industrial settings. In addition to teaching at The Cleveland Institute of Art and Cuyahoga Community College, Koestler is also a cofounder of My Idea of Fun, an art and music archive that features over 300 releases including dozens of his photography books and audiocassettes. His work has been exhibited and published internationally. To view Jacob's work visit

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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2017 Faculty Exhibition

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

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