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 highly selective 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 when you apply for a major in the spring semester of your first year at CIA.
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.