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Continuing Education

Continuing Education . Pre-College . Classes . Foundation in 3D Art + Design 

Foundation in 3D Art + Design

Get a look at some of the practices explored during CIA’s Foundation year while enhancing your portfolio through an exploration of three-dimensional form.

This introductory course will cover a variety of traditional and nontraditional sculptural processes and materials, including additive and reductive carving, foam and plaster modeling, armature construction and surface treatment.

Working representationally or abstractly, you will create a finished tabletop sculpture. You will learn to use state-of-the-art equipment in our fabrication studios, gain a better understanding of the history of sculpture, and explore the fundamental concepts and theories of 3D artwork that will help push your work to the next level.


We are accepting online applications through May 1. View the checklist to make sure you have everything you need for your application. Questions? Email us at or call 216.421.7460.


A limited number of partial ($250-$1,000) scholarships are offered through the Continuing Education department. CIA partners with Graffiti HeART to also provide scholarships. Students applying for scholarships should submit their family’s 2017 tax return and a personal statement with their application. Award decisions are based on financial need and portfolio strength.



Zak Smoker received his BFA in Sculpture + Expanded Media from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2011and his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. Zak currently works as a technical specialist in the fabrication studios at the Cleveland Institute of Art and is a practicing artist in the greater Cleveland area.

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