back to Majors

Foundation

At the Cleveland Institute of Art, all first-year students begin with our Foundation program, a yearlong introduction to forms, methods, media, and concepts crucial to your future academic and professional success. You will emerge from the program on technically equal footing with your peers—ready to concentrate on the study and practice of art and design.

Our Foundation curriculum offers an intensive exploration of color, form, design, and creative problem solving. You will begin with core courses in drawing, design, color, and digital studies that acquaint you with composition, drawing principles, and 2D and 3D materials and processes. As you work on studio projects, you will investigate visual dynamics, creative processes, and issues that inform contemporary art, design, and culture. To help you transition from Foundation studies into the major of your choice, you also will take an elective class. The elective offers an opportunity to explore various disciplines in the arts, crafts, and design areas while helping you make an informed choice about your major and future career path.

Be prepared for lively debates and the camaraderie that develops as you and your peers work together in studio. The Foundation experience fosters a learning environment that is responsive to your aspirations, as well as to innovations in the world of art and design. We balance fundamental approaches with experimentation to develop your aesthetic sensibilities. Take advantage of our amazing location in the center of Cleveland’s cultural district. Our classes regularly travel across the street to the permanent collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the exhibits of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, or through the rain forest of the Cleveland Botanical Garden. With Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals, and the Cleveland Clinic located a quick walk across Euclid Avenue, we tap into unmatched science and health care resources that boost our curriculum.

Facilities

An Amazing Campus in a Great City

Located in the heart of Cleveland’s cultural district, our campus offers the experience of a true artist’s community. Our neighbors, collaborators, and partners are on the creative edge of culture, technology, and education—and so are we. At CIA you will live in a mix of urban energy surrounded by University Circle, a park-like setting that houses the region’s most prestigious cultural, academic, technology, and health care organizations. Within two square miles are the world-renowned Cleveland Museum of Art, Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Orchestra, and dozens of museums, galleries, and ethnic neighborhoods.

Call Our Superb Art Facilities Your Home

We give all students their very own studio space once they declare a major—to customize with whatever inspires them most. You also will work in professional-level facilities designed and equipped specifically for your major, whether your department is located in our fantastic, state-of-the-art George Gund Building or the unique Joseph McCullough Center for the Visual Arts, a former Ford Model T factory. Our campus also houses the Jessica R. Gund Memorial Library and the Reinberger Galleries, the largest private exhibit space in Cleveland.

Fabrication Studios

CIA also houses the fabrication studios, a shared space, staffed and supervised by highly qualified technical specialists. Students from all courses of study are encouraged to use this space and do hands-on research with tools and materials. This communal environment gives students optimal means of making for their individual exploration and group projects.

A premier college of art and design.
11610 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland OH 44106 USA
800.223.4700

  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Flickr
  • Instagram
  • Linked In
  • Pinterest
  • Tumblr