CIA's Life Sciences Illustration program combines science and art to create visual solutions for the public and researchers, as they prepare students for graduate education beyond.
Work on topics in biological, zoological, botanical, and health sciences while becoming proficient in illustration, animation, and information design. You'll learn how to blend your artistic talent with a researcher's intellect, displaying strong visual communication skills.
Our graduates work in museums and natural history institutions, publishing houses, science and research institutions, imaging companies and animation studios. They're helping to share the secrets of the natural world. They're creating animations about how our bodies work, and designing museum installations about the cosmos.
Our dedicated, highly-trained faculty is one of our greatest assets. Each instructor in the Life Sciences Illustration major at the Cleveland Institute of Art is accredited as a Board Certified Medical Illustrator in addition to being a practicing medical illustrator. Besides their expertise, our faculty have established great relationships with the region’s extraordinary medical, scientific, and cultural communities. Our professional partnerships with Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, and the Cleveland Clinic, as well as the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Cleveland Botanical Garden, will provide you with amazing exhibition opportunities and medical illustration projects.
Real-world experience for real-world careers
What may best set CIA apart from other colleges of art and design is its commitment to engaged practice. CIA’s Engaged Practice provides you opportunities to learn through experience by working on real-world projects with external partners or clients, or in the public sphere—all before graduation.
These opportunities allow you to put your classroom and studio knowledge to work in a professional setting while still being guided by faculty. You’ll learn what it takes to meet clients’ expectations, and you will emerge with confidence that will serve you as you launch your career.
Art and design education is structured to prepare students for the challenges of competition that define a career in the art and design fields. Consistent with that value, CIA students begin their major focus with an application process that is competitive. Students apply to majors in the spring semester of their Foundation year.
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While at CIA, you'll learn from the masters through our rigorous, world-class curriculum and connect with working professionals to begin your career.