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Craft + Design

Why is CIA creating a Craft + Design major?

The combined major—merging Ceramics, Glass and Jewelry + Metals—will offer a more contemporary approach to a comprehensive craft education, responding to the evolving nature of today’s student, market demand and opportu... more

The combined major—merging Ceramics, Glass and Jewelry + Metals—will offer a more contemporary approach to a comprehensive craft education, responding to the evolving nature of today’s student, market demand and opportunities for cross-disciplinary innovation. Students will gain a breadth of knowledge across the craft areas while still having the ability to hone advanced techniques and concepts.

This shift will also enhance interdisciplinary experimentation and disruption, foster both student and faculty flexibility, and provide an organizational and pedagogical model that is sustainable, nimble and relevant. This new approach aligns with CIA’s mission and academic vision. less

What benefits are there to merging these three majors?

Peer support—an invaluable resource to CIA students—is expected to grow as the Ceramics, Glass and Jewelry + Metals majors merge into Craft + Design. This shift to a larger department also stands to build on faculty camarader... more

Peer support—an invaluable resource to CIA students—is expected to grow as the Ceramics, Glass and Jewelry + Metals majors merge into Craft + Design. This shift to a larger department also stands to build on faculty camaraderie and collaboration—the benefits of which will be reaped by students. Other resource bases—expertise, knowledge, skills, facilities, employer networks and alumni connections—will also expand.

Studio facilities will continue to support the areas of Ceramics, Glass and Jewelry + Metals, but the shared core curriculum will foster interdisciplinary craft, technology, design and entrepreneurship.

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What’s an example of how this improves upon the current curriculum?

The three existing, mutually exclusive majors already had a shared core curriculum, and this change builds upon the successes of this shift. Through this consolidation, core requirements will become uniform: six core major courses and an... more

The three existing, mutually exclusive majors already had a shared core curriculum, and this change builds upon the successes of this shift. Through this consolidation, core requirements will become uniform: six core major courses and an intro-level course to each of the three material disciplines (Ceramics, Glass, Jewelry + Metals). The curriculum will also expand its elements of technology and entrepreneurship, which, in turn, will help our graduates better prepare for their careers.

This in turn opens the door for students to take more elective courses than previously possible—seven elective courses within the Craft + Design major and four elective courses that can be taken from all CIA offerings—providing them with maximum flexibility in terms of how they explore their craft. less

When will the new Craft + Design curriculum be implemented?

The 2022–23 College Catalog will reflect the new curriculum. However, since first-year students will be enrolled in their Foundation courses during that time, new courses will not begin until the 2023–24 academic year. ... more

The 2022–23 College Catalog will reflect the new curriculum. However, since first-year students will be enrolled in their Foundation courses during that time, new courses will not begin until the 2023–24 academic year.

Transfer students who enroll in 2022–23 will have the opportunity to substitute eligible courses from our existing portfolio toward their degree requirements.

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I’m currently majoring in Ceramics, Glass or Jewelry + Metals. How does this affect me?

This doesn’t affect current students in those majors. If you’re a Ceramics, Glass or Jewelry + Metals student, you can stay on your current path and earn your BFA in that major.

I’m a new student. What if I want to specialize in Ceramics, Glass or Jewelry + Metals?

Students majoring in Craft + Design who wish to specialize in a particular area of craft will have the option to add a “concentration” of Ceramics, Glass or Jewelry + Metals.

In addition, CIA is in the proc... more

Students majoring in Craft + Design who wish to specialize in a particular area of craft will have the option to add a “concentration” of Ceramics, Glass or Jewelry + Metals.

In addition, CIA is in the process of proposing a Craft + Design minor for those who wish to explore this area of study outside their major. Course enrollment data conveys that many non-majors enroll in existing craft courses, and the design of this evolved curriculum would be conducive to the creation of a minor. less

Who was involved in planning this new curriculum?

All full-time faculty members from Ceramics, Glass and Jewelry + Metals were involved in this process, as were representatives from Academic Affairs, Admissions, Financial Aid, the Registrar, Business Affairs, Institutional Advancement a... more

All full-time faculty members from Ceramics, Glass and Jewelry + Metals were involved in this process, as were representatives from Academic Affairs, Admissions, Financial Aid, the Registrar, Business Affairs, Institutional Advancement and the President’s Office.

The major was approved by the Curriculum Committee of the Faculty Senate in April 2021, with full approval from the CIA Board of Directors in June 2021.

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Who is going to lead the new Craft + Design Department?

While all Craft + Design faculty will be responsible for the effective design and delivery of the curriculum, a ranked faculty member within the Craft area will be designated as Chair of the Craft + Design Department. The department chair will ser... more

While all Craft + Design faculty will be responsible for the effective design and delivery of the curriculum, a ranked faculty member within the Craft area will be designated as Chair of the Craft + Design Department. The department chair will serve a three-year term. less

I have additional questions. Who can help?

  • Prospective students should contact their Admissions counselor.
  • Current Ceramics, Glass and Jewelry + Metals students should contact their respective major chair.
  • Alumni can email Director of Alumni Relations + Scholarsh...
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  • Prospective students should contact their Admissions counselor.
  • Current Ceramics, Glass and Jewelry + Metals students should contact their respective major chair.
  • Alumni can email Director of Alumni Relations + Scholarships Alex Burrage or 216.421.7412.
  • Faculty and faculty emeriti should contact Assistant Director of Academic Affairs Erin Duhigg by email or at 216.421.8021.
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