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Engaged Practice courses

There are approximately 40 courses at CIA that are designated as "Engaged Practice" (EP) courses, meaning that students in those courses, under the supervision of their faculty, collaborate with external partners on real-world projects. Many EP courses are offered through the 15 majors. Professional Practices + Engaged Learning (PPEL) is a course hub where students can easily access EP courses that are school-wide and not located in a specific major. When taken outside of a student's major program, EP credits may be applied toward open studio elective requirements. Some of the current school-wide PPEL/EP course offerings include:

SEA Change: Drawn to Care

PPEL 200X-300X-400X 01

Supervised by a faculty member, this nationally unique, field-based practicum and seminar course provides interested, qualified students from all majors an opportunity to engage as portrait artists “in residence” in a Cleveland Clinic treatment unit. Students spend 2–5 hours per week on-site, drawing portraits of patients, using physical and/or digital media. Drawing furniture is provided on-site. Students also meet periodically in seminar on campus. Both patient scheduling and seminar meeting time will be customized to each student’s overall class schedule. A culminating exhibition occurs at the end of the school year, as well as gifting of original portraits and framed prints back to the patients. Students are responsible for their own transportation, with guidance from the instructor. Note: Students enrolled in the course will be required to produce documentation of immunizations and have a legal background check. Pre-req: portrait drawing skills. Open studio elective. 1.5 or 3 credits/semester. Instructor: Barbara Chira

SEA Change: projectFIND

PPEL 200X-300X-400X 02

Supervised by a faculty member, this field-based practicum and seminar course provides interested students from all majors an opportunity to study the issues of displacement, whether homelessness or immigration, and creatively engage with displaced people and agencies that serve them. In the first part of the course, students gain an understanding of the experience and context of displaced people, including visiting various social service agencies. By the second half of the semester, students facilitate creative arts activities with their displaced partners, matching partner-identified wants and needs with students’ art and design skills. Some examples may include a painting class, a photo or video project, etc. Both field work and seminar meeting times will be customized to each student’s overall class schedule. A culminating exhibition occurs at the end of the semester or school year. Students are responsible for their own transportation, with guidance from instructor. Open studio elective. 3 credits/semester. Instructor: Anastasia Soboleva

Environment, Art & Engaged Practice

PPEL 210X-310X-410X 00

An interdisciplinary studio elective open to all majors, this course expands the boundaries of the studio experience into the outdoors through environmental field studies and vital design-build projects in partnership with an area park or preserve. A significant amount of class time occurs at the site, utilizing a range of interesting methods to conduct research and record information. When on-campus, the course is anchored in both a classroom and Fabrication Studios. Students have the unique opportunity to learn from and collaborate with environmental experts over the semester. Students also collect input on their projects from key constituents. A culminating public event occurs at the end of the course. Appropriate dress for seasonal weather and walking is expected. Students responsible for their own transportation, with guidance from instructor. Contact instructor for info on venue and projects for a given semester. Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors. Pre-req: Foundation Safety Lab. Open elective, 3 credits. Instructor: Kevin Kautenburger

Hybridity: Art + Engineering

PPEL 333 00

Offered as an interdisciplinary seminar/studio, Hybridity is designed to provide opportunities to discuss and explore emerging frontiers shared by art and engineering, from new materials and technologies, to collaboration and design thinking. Students from the Cleveland Institute of Art and Case Western Reserve University School of Engineering work together to discuss, reveal, and explore ways of thinking and working, through this seminar and project-based studio. The influence of collaboration and the hybrid on research, creativity, ideation, design, innovation, and making will be explored. New technologies and materials provide an exciting range of possibilities for prototypes, models, molds, and parts toward a wide range of "making." This course addresses the concepts, practices, and technologies of contemporary hybrid activity as interactions between art and engineering, and includes work at the think[box] and the studios of CIA, and service bureaus. A series of short essays complete the hybrid. Prerequisite: Discussion with instructor. 3 credits. Books and supplies to be determined by instructor. Fulfills Engaged Practice requirement. Instructor: Matthew Hollern

Pro Practice: Entrepreneurial Ventures

PPEL 398A 00

This course provides an overview of the environment surrounding the business of art and design, and the practice of the individual. One of the two class meeting per week is a core lecture series that covers self-promotion, networking, ethics, intellectual property, contracts, professional development, and guidance by practicing professionals. During the other weekly meeting, students attend a breakout session for the specific course in which they are enrolled. The breakout session for this course, Professional Practices: Entrepreneurship, transports the student through the key decisions required to establish a successful art/design business. Books and supplies to be determined by instructor. 3 Credit hours. Instructor: Anthony M DeMore

Pro Practice: Industry

PPEL 398B 00

This course provides an overview of the environment surrounding the business of art and design, and the practice of the individual. One of the two class meeting per week is a core lecture series that covers self-promotion, networking, ethics, intellectual property, contracts, professional development, and guidance by practicing professionals. During the other weekly meeting, students attend a breakout session for the specific course in which they are enrolled. The breakout session for this course, Professional Practices: Industry supports student preparation to become an integral part of a commercial organization by providing an understanding of corporate methods and practices. Books and supplies to be determined by instructor. 3 Credit hours. Instructor: Katherine GM Melnick

Pro Practice: Studio to Gallery

PPEL 398C 00

This course provides an overview of the environment surrounding the business of art and design, and the practice of the individual. One of the two class meeting per week is a core lecture series that covers self-promotion, networking, ethics, intellectual property, contracts, professional development, and guidance by practicing professionals. During the other weekly meeting, students attend a breakout session for the specific course in which they are enrolled. The breakout session for this course, Professional Practices: Studio to Gallery focuses on the complexities of a professional artist’s studio practice by examining interactions with gallery directors, museum curators, preparators, conservators, and marketing professionals. Books and supplies to be determined by instructor. 3 Credit hours. Instructor: Sarah E Kabot

Putting Artists in Classroom: Intro to Art Education

PPEL 400-400A 00

As artists, how can we give back to our communities through K-12 education in the arts? This field-based practicum and seminar course provides students from any major with an introduction to the world of Art Education. Students are placed in schools in the Cleveland area, and work with a cooperating teacher or professional mentor there, providing first-hand teaching experience in the studio arts. Through the course, students are taught the principles and practices of Art Education and curriculum/ lesson planning to be used during their teaching experience. Students also learn to document their students’ work and may curate public exhibitions of the work. Students are responsible for their own transportation. Open studio or Liberal Arts elective. NOTE: Students enrolled in the course will be required to have a BCI and FBI background check, under the guidance of the instructor. Prerequisite: Discussion with instructor. 3 credits. Books and supplies to be determined by instructor. Fulfills Engaged Practice requirement. Instructor: Kristin E Thompson-Smith

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