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Continuing Education

Continuing Education . Pre-College . Classes . Photo + Video 

Photo + Video

Use the fundamentals of photography and video to explore the dynamic intersection between still and moving images. 

Demonstrations, lectures, and assignments will take place in the traditional darkroom, digital lab, lighting studio and during field trips to various locations.

Students will gain knowledge through technical training in photography and video camera controls, darkroom and inkjet printing, basic studio lighting, digital editing, and multimedia installation techniques. In addition, the class will focus on the fundamental rules of composition, contemporary concepts, and examples of historical and contemporary photographic and video works of art. Students will engage in a collaborative studio environment; contribute to and receive constructive critique; establish critical thinking skills and form a photographic vision while developing personal projects. No previous photography or video experience required. It is strongly recommended that students bring their own digital SLR camera with video functions and an external hard drive or large USB flash drive (64GB) for digital file storage.


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.



Jerry Birchfield earned an MFA from Cornell University in 2014 and a BFA in Photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2009. He teaches in the Photography + Video Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art. He received a John Hartell Graduate Award from Cornell University in 2013 and an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in 2011. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland; the Toledo Museum of Art; and William Busta Gallery. To view Jerry's work, visit his website.

Jacob Koestler, currently located in Cleveland, is an artist and musician from Johnstown, PA and holds an MFA from Ohio University's Photography and Integrated Media program. With photography, video and multimedia installations he investigates the current climate of post-industrial settings. In addition to teaching at The Cleveland Institute of Art and Cuyahoga Community College, Koestler is also a co-founder of My Idea of Fun, an art and music archive that features over 300 releases including dozens of his photography books and audiocassettes. His work has been exhibited and published internationally. To view Jacob's work visit

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