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Continuing Education

Continuing Education . Pre-College . Classes . Industrial Design 

Industrial Design

Calling future product designers, automotive designers, architects, engineers, and city planners.


Have you ever looked at something and wondered "who came up with this idea?" You can learn to be more inventive, identify problems, create solutions and bring YOUR ideas to life. Discover how designers approach problem-solving for product and automotive design in order to make a difference in people's lives.
In this course, we will work together to identify and understand problems that are meaningful to you and others. Then we will brainstorm, research and generate ideas through sketching and prototyping. Throughout the course we will talk about function (how to meet user needs and be innovative), appearance (how to create something that is beautiful and appropriate for the user), your own voice as a designer (how can you be the person who other's wonder "who came up with this idea?") and a little be about how things are manufactured.

Finally, you will create a final presentation (sketches, renderings and prototypes) that shows us your personal solution, what it looks like and how it works.


The first week of this course will focus on the tools and equipment an industrial designer uses, including CIA’s state-of-the-art fabrication and wood shop. Students will brainstorm and research their target user group, the find inspiration for the type of product or design they want to create. During week two, students will have a completed concept board and will begin creating a mock-up of their design using clay or foam.

Projects and topics that will be explored include shop safety, mind-mapping, concept sketching, the study of ergonomics and manufacturing process, model building with clay and foam, pitching your design and professional display of a finished piece.


We are accepting online applications through May 1, 2019. View the checklist to make sure you have everything you need for your application. Questions? Email us at or call 216.421.7460.

Our 2019 application is currently closed.