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Industrial Design

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

Have you ever looked at something and wondered how it was made? Learn to see things differently, solve problems creatively, and bring your ideas and solutions to life. Discover what the tools that engineers, city planners and product and automotive designers use to make a difference in our lives.

In this course, we will look at the world around us and seek to solve some of its most relevant problems. Through brainstorm sessions and research, we will find a problem to solve as a group. You will put a face to whom you are designing for and work to design for their specific needs. Every day, you will develop drawings to better understand how your solutions will work and look. This class will challenge your understanding of function, with awareness of form, color, texture, line, and surface. You will explore the possibilities of common materials and understand their characteristics, implied values, and meanings.

Students can choose to focus on either product or automotive design. The course will conclude with your personal project presentation to the class, complete with concept sketches, renderings of the final design, and a physical model.


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.

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

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