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Photography + Video

In CIA’s Photography major, you’ll focus on either photographic or video arts as you develop a distinct vision, learn to communicate effectively, and immerse yourself in a creative, collaborative environment. Coursework will expose you to rich and varied techniques and aesthetics essential to photography, video, and digital cinema. Whether you’re interested in still or moving images, you’ll learn how to refine and communicate your artistic vision through lectures, demonstrations, assignments, critiques, and group or one-on-one discussions with instructors and visiting artists. In the process, you’ll gain knowledge of photographic theory and contemporary practices.

You’ll benefit from the expertise of a diverse, professionally experienced, and committed faculty and you’ll work with an array of state-of-the-art photographic and video imaging equipment.

Engage in all phases of the photographic workflow from image capture, lighting and editing, to image processing, enhancement, manipulation, and use of special effects and alternative photo imaging processes. You’ll explore different media for image output, presentation options, and professional standards for photographic and digital media archiving.

If you choose the video track within the Photography major, you’ll learn professional-level skills in time-based narratives, digital cinema, sound, motion, and sequence-generated content. Video courses will introduce you to innovative production technologies in the following areas: animation, film, sound and video production, lighting, and photography. Harness traditional and digital technologies to create narrative and experimental video work, which focuses on both fine art and industry standards of production.

We’ll encourage you to participate in exchange programs, international mobility studies, and internships in both fine art and commercial venues. You’ll have opportunities to attend onsite workshops and lectures sponsored by film and camera companies and by organizations such as MAC Group, Society for Photographic Education and the American Society of Media Photographers. We also work closely with the Cleveland Museum of Art and Museum of Contemporary Art to bring in professional artists, critics, writers, collectors, curators, and museum and gallery directors to share ideas and critique portfolios.

What can I do with a degree in Photography + Video?

  • Producer
  • Director of Photography
  • Photographer
  • Digital Lighting Designer
  • Studio Artist
  • Senior 3D EFX Artist

Facilities

Professional Photography Facilities

As a Photography major at one of the premier colleges of art and design, you will work in your own studio space in addition to spacious facilities equipped with an array of photographic and video imaging tools and equipment that includes digital and film cameras for both still and moving imagery, enlargers and darkroom equipment, optical scanners, archival and large format inkjet printers, professional studio and lighting gear.

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

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