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Empowering Creative Careers

Artists and designers are responsible for nearly everything you see, touch and use. From your coffee cup to your mobile phone, from your jewelry to your car, from your art to your favorite animated movie, it’s all around, and people are paid to produce it.

CIA prepares students to have successful careers designing products, working on film and animation pipelines, maintaining studio-art practices, and becoming leaders in their fields.

From the start, you will be encouraged to think of your work in a professional context. As you build technical and problem-solving skills in your major, you'll be encouraged to explore across disciplines. You’ll establish and refine standards of quality for your artwork, and learn to communicate effectively about your ideas and projects.

Students begin their career in our Foundation program, designed to introduce students to all of our majors while building the skills necessary to be successful in any discipline. This ensures that you’re learning the skills that will be most beneficial to your development as an artist and positions you for success for your major. 

In your major, you’ll learn from world-class faculty who are leaders in their fields. You’ll gain real-world experience working on real-world projects. You’ll learn to think critically about the work you’re making. And you’ll learn to communicate your ideas so that you can collaborate with others to create work that makes a difference in the world.


Programs of Study

Game Design
Graphic Design
Industrial Design
Interior Architecture
Jewelry + Metals
Life Sciences Illustration
Sculpture + Expanded Media
Transportation Design
Video + Digital Cinema


Build important foundation skills and the essential understanding of literature, history, and social sciences.

Liberal Arts
Foundation Year

Working on Your Portfolio?

CIA's Portfolio Tips video demonstrates how to photograph your work.