Art Center College of Design

The Art Center College of Design – located in Pasadena, California - is one of the leading graphic and industrial design colleges in the world. The Art Center classes are held at its Hillside Campus and new South Campus in downtown Pasadena.The Art Center was founded in 1930, by the advertising and educational visionary, Edward A. The Art Center was had its beginnings on West Seventh Street in Los Angeles with an initial strength of 12 teachers and 8 students.Mounting enrollment and associated space constraints in the present site forced the Art Center to relocate to a larger building on Third Street on Hancock Park, in 1946. The center became an accredited four-year college, in 1949.As enrollment started to outgrow the Hancock Park site in the early 1970s, a new and more spacious campus became a necessity and as a result built the Hillside Campus, amidst 175 wooded acres, on Lida Street. The steel-and-glass 21,000-square-foot structure provides space and facilities for the center’s 1,400 students and is home to the Art Center’s undergraduate and graduate programs.The latest addition – the 100,000-square-foot South Campus – handles the Center’s growing Public Programs and provides the class room and studio space for more than 5,200 students in its non-degree programs. It is also home to the Archetype Press and Printmaking studio and the 16,000-square-foot Wind Tunnel exhibition and event space.But no mention of the Arts Center would be complete without the Orange Dot – the Art Center’s identity and symbol of creativity. It is associated with the center’s corporate identity through branding (letterhead, business cards) and is often referenced in the center’s publication titles and websites.Though "the Dot" was changed a couple of times for the sake of a modern graphic design for the center, it repeatedly made its way back, thanks to the special place it has in the heart of the center’s many alumni, students, faculty, and staff.The Art Center College of Design is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Wheels in Motion: A Look at Art Center’s Transportation Design Department

Art Center’s Car Classic has become one of the most highly anticipated transportation events in Southern California, if not the entire country. Over the past nine years, the event has showcased amazing automobiles and brought together industry leaders–many of whom are Art Center alumni. As we approach Sunday’s Car Classic 2010: Freedom of Motion, join us in looking back at how Art Center became a leader in the world of transportation design.

Jergenson is shown in this circa 1950 photograph with student A.K. Ragheb PROD ཯. (Photo courtesy Art Center Archives)

It is estimated that more than half of the world’s car designers are Art Center graduates. Transportation Design alumni currently hold top positions at the studios of Pininfarina, Ferrari-Maserati, Ford, General Motors, DaimlerChrysler, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Volvo, Nissan, Aston Martin, Mazda, Toyota/Lexus and Volkswagen North America.

The field has a long and storied history at the College. Years before Transportation Design became a major at Art Center, our graduates were taking positions with General Motors’ Buick Division in Detroit in the 1930s.

In 1948, Transportation Design became an official course of study at the College, with such influential faculty members as George Jergenson, Strother MacMinn and John Coleman establishing the school’s connection with transportation design—a field that would lift Art Center into international prominence.

For years Transportation Design was a major residing within the Industrial Design Department. Automotive designer George Jergenson was co-founder of the department, and served as Chair for more than two decades, from 1948 to 1969. Along with College founder Tink Adams and fellow faculty member John Coleman, Jergenson visited Japan for six weeks in 1956 to discuss modern industrial design, a ground-breaking event at the time.

Strother MacMinn, an Art Center alumnus and former GM auto designer, assisted in the design of cars for Opel, GM and Oldsmobile before he joined the faculty at Art Center in 1948. During his nearly 50 years at the College, he was a highly influential instructor, and increased Art Center’s collaborations with Toyota and co-founded Toyota’s first advanced concept design studio, Calty Design Research, in Newport Beach.

Students work on designs for the GM turbine sponsored project in 1960. (Photo courtesy Art Center Archives)

Art Center has an accomplished history of collaborating with corporate sponsors on student projects. One of the first sponsored projects, in 1960, was the GM Turbine Project. Sponsored projects, giving “real world” design problems to students, remain an important part of the Art Center curriculum today.

In 1969, Keith Teter became Chair of the Industrial Design, a role he continued through the mid-1980s. During this period, the department steadily increased its collaborations with corporate sponsors. In addition, coursework began to shift from a strictly traditional approach of designing automobiles to a broader study of human issues, such as population growth, behavioral patterns and new energy sources.

In 1985, alumnus Ron Hill was appointed Chair of the Industrial Design Department, where he remained through 2000. During this period, Transportation Design continued to face a number of complex issues while integrating issues of style, performance and practicality. Also during this time, digital technologies were introduced and incorporated into the curriculum. In 1991 Transportation Design became its own department, independent of Industrial Design.

Popular Mechanics article from 1952 (Image courtesy Art Center Archives)

The 2000s, under the direction of Ken Okuyama, Geoff Wardle and current Department Chair Stewart Reed, the department continued to merge traditional and digital technologies, and students began creating exterior models in clay and using 3-D digital modeling tools such as Alias. Today the department studies issues that integrate style, safety and functionality while also reflecting societal and cultural needs. Sponsored projects also continue to be an important component of the program.

Today’s Transportation Design Department is opening its eyes to new possibilities. As transportation moves away from a primary focus on the automobile, and the department is making major changes to its curriculum to prepare its students for a broader range of possibilities. For one thing, instead of looking primarily at the outside of the car, the department is now taking a longer look at the inside.

The department is also looking beyond cars to motorcycles, boats and airplanes. Motorcycle, boat and aircraft design are now part of the curriculum sure to produce great designers of boats, aircraft, motorcycles and, of course, cars.

Art Center College of Design

The Art Center College of Design has enjoyed a strong, forward thinking, 80-year history. Since its founding in 1930 in Los Angeles, the Art Center has maintained a focus on preparing artists and designers for the professional world. Along with this goal to prepare students for the workplace, the Art Center also emphasizes the global impact and importance of design and art. The school's educational mission continued to thrive after its move to Pasadena in 1976. A core of teachers who are working professionals in their respective fields, interdisciplinary programs and studio space, and an ability to grow with technological and cultural changes has allowed the Art Center of Design to produce illustrators, designers, and artists who are prepared to make an impact on the world.

  • Advertising
    • Corporate
    • Political and Public Service
    • Product
    • Self-Promotion
    • Children’s Books
    • Cover Art
    • Interior Illustration
    • Advertising
    • Caricature
    • Political and Editorial
    • Sports
    • Spot
    • Comic Books
      • Manga
      • Info Graphics
      • Murals
      • Portraiture
      • Adventure
      • Fairy Tales and Fables
      • Mythology
      • Advertising
      • Design
      • Fiction
      • Non-Fiction
      • Visual Memoir and Autobiography
      • Web Comics
      • Website Illustration
      • Cover Art
      • Story Illustration
      • Animation
      • Concept Art
      • Storyboard
      • Video Game Design
      • Event (Promotional)
      • Film
      • Political
      • Propaganda
      • Travel
      • Album/CD
      • Calendars
      • DVD/VHS
      • Greeting Cards
      • Packaging
      • Paper Dolls
      • Postage Stamps
      • Pinup Art
      • Pulp Magazines
      • Exploration
      • Outer Space
      • Technology
      • Anatomy
      • Archaeological
      • Architecture
      • Automotive
      • Courtroom Drawings
      • Home and Interior Design
      • Horticulture
      • Mechanical
      • Natural History
      Global Perspectives


      First established as The Chase School, the institution was founded in 1896 by the American impressionist painter William Merritt Chase (1849–1916). Chase led a small group of Progressives who seceded from the Art Students League of New York in search of a more free, more dramatic, and more individual expression of art. [6] The Chase School changed its name in 1898 to The New York School of Art.

      In 1904, Frank Alvah Parsons joined artist Robert Henri as a teacher at the school. In the same approximate time frame, Parsons studied for two years with the vanguard artist and educator, Arthur Wesley Dow at Columbia University graduating in 1905 with a degree in fine arts. [7] A few years later, he became president of The New York School of Art. Anticipating a new wave of the Industrial Revolution, Parsons predicted that art and design would soon be inexorably linked to the engines of industry. His vision was borne out in a series of firsts for the school, establishing the first program in fashion design, interior design, advertising, and graphic design in the United States. [8] In 1909, the school was renamed The New York School of Fine and Applied Art to reflect these offerings. Parsons became the sole director in 1911, a position which he maintained to his death in 1930. William M. Odom, who established the school's Paris ateliers in 1921, succeeded Parsons as president. In honor of Parsons, who was important in steering the school's development and in shaping visual-arts education through his theories about linking art and industry throughout the world, the institution became the Parsons School of Design in 1941. [8]

      As the modern curriculum developed, many successful designers remained closely tied to the school, and by the mid-1960s, Parsons had become "the training ground for Seventh Avenue." [8]

      In 1970, the school became a division of the New School for Social Research, which later evolved into The New School. The campus moved from Sutton Place to Greenwich Village in 1972. [8] The merger with a vigorous, fully accredited university was a source of new funding and energy, which expanded the focus of a Parsons education. [ citation needed ]

      In 2005, when the parent institution was renamed The New School, the school underwent a rebranding and was renamed Parsons The New School for Design. [8] In 2015, it dropped "The New School" from its formal title and has since been referred to as The New School's Parsons School of Design.

      Like most universities in New York City, Parsons' campus is spread among scattered buildings, but the main building is located at 13th Street and 5th Avenue. Many other facilities are in buildings shared by other colleges in The New School but the facilities below are mainly exclusive to Parsons. Parsons also has a campus abroad located in Paris’s First Arrondissement, known as Parsons Paris.

      University Center Edit

      The New School opened the 16-story The New School University Center ("UC") at 65 5th Avenue in January 2014.

      While the 65 Fifth Avenue plans were initially controversial among students and Village residents (spurring in 2009 a major student occupation was held at The New School's previous building on that site), plans for the University Center were adjusted in response to community concerns and have since been well received. In a review of the University Center's final design, The New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff called the building "a celebration of the cosmopolitan city".

      The tower, which was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill's Roger Duffy, is the biggest capital project the university has ever undertaken. The building added classrooms, new residences, computer labs, event facilities, and a cafeteria to the downtown New York City campus in addition to a two-story library and lecture halls. While the UC serves as a central hub for all university students, the majority of its classrooms and workspaces are used for Parsons programs.

      The Sheila Johnson Design Center Edit

      2 West 13th Street/66 Fifth Avenue is most commonly known as the Sheila Johnson Design Center. The main Parsons campus is located at 2 West 13th Street in Greenwich Village in the borough of Manhattan. [9] The 12-story L-shaped building, at the corner 70 Fifth Avenue and 2W 13th street was originally built in 1914 as an office and loft building. Since its construction, it housed the national office of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from February 1914 to June 1923. Before being acquired by The New School in 1972, it housed a multitude of union and justice organizations, such as the American Union Against Militarism (AUAM) who founded the National Civil Liberties Bureau, which later became the ACLU. The building has also housed League for Industrial Democracy, League of Nations Union, New York Teachers Union and Woman's Peace Party. With its history as a building of organizations for the advancement of justice and democracy, on May 18, 2021, the building was turned into a NYC landmark by New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). [10]

      The renovation of the existing structure's first and mezzanine levels was made possible in part by a $7 million gift from New School Trustee and Parsons Board of Governors Chair Sheila Johnson. The "Urban Quad" (as the school calls it) was designed by Lyn Rice Architects and encompasses a total area of 32,800 square feet (3,050 m 2 ). In addition to classrooms, the building includes the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery and Auditorium, and the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries. [11] The renovated ground floor also provides a new home for the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Archives, a collection of drawings, photographs, letters, and objects documenting 20th-century design.

      Until its move to the new University Center, the building hosted the Adam and Sophie Gimbel Design Library, a resource collection supporting art, architecture and design degree programs offered by the Parsons School of Design. The collection consists of approximately 45,000 book volumes, 350 periodical titles (200 current), 70,000 slides and 45,000 picture files. Special collections holdings number over 4,000, including many rare and valuable items. [12]

      The building's renovation won the 2009 National AIA Honor Award, the 2009 MASNYC Masterworks Award, the 2009 AIANY Merit Award, the 2008 AIA New York State Award of Excellence, the 2008 American Institute of Architects NY/Boston Society of Architects Biennial Honor Award for Educational Facility Design, the 2008 SARA/NY Design Award of Excellence, and the 2007 AIANY Merit Award for Projects. [13]

      On Monday, April 2, 2018, the 2 West 13th Street building was affected by an electrical fire, which erupted in the basement at around 10:40 AM. The building was quickly and safely evacuated thanks to the teamwork of all students, faculty, and staff, and the building remained closed for the remainder of the Spring 2018 semester. The 375 courses usually located within the building were relocated to other buildings in the university. The cause of the fire is water which leaked through the basement ceiling onto electrical switchgear, causing circuit breakers to explode. [14]

      Parsons East Building Edit

      The Parsons East Building, located at 25 East 13th Street building is home to the School of Constructed Environments, which houses the Interior Design, Lighting Design, and Architecture and Product Design departments of the college. The Fine Arts department is also located in this building. The facilities included in the building are the digital and traditional fabrication shops, the Laser Cutting lab, the Light Lab, multiple Computing Labs, the Angelo Donghia Materials Center, the Healthy Materials Library, and The Design Workshop. [15]

      Albert and Vera List Academic Center Edit

      The 16th Street building, known as the Vera List Center, features dedicated floors to design studies and development. [ clarification needed ] Both the 6th and 12th floors are dedicated to the Design & Technology Bachelor and Master programs. The building also features a library. [ citation needed ]

      Parsons offers twenty-five different programs each housed in one of five divisions: [16]

      • School of Art and Design History and Theory – Dean Rhonda Garelick
      • School of Art, Media, and Technology – Dean Anne Gaines
      • School of Constructed Environments – Dean Robert Kirkbride
      • School of Design Strategies: Cities, Services, Ecosystems – Dean Jane Pirone
      • School of Fashion – Dean Burak Cakmak
      Demographics of student body [17]
      1st Year Students U.S. Census
      African American/Non-Hispanic 4% 12.4%
      Asian American/Pacific Islander 18% 4.3%
      White 29% 74.1%
      Hispanic American 9% 14.7%
      American Indian/Alaskan Native <1% 0.8%
      International students 31% N/A
      Total 92% 106.3%

      Parsons has an enrollment of approximately 3,800 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students. The student body is 77% women and 23% men, with most of the constituents being full-time students. [18] About one third of the college is made up of international students hailing from 68 different countries. The largest international groups come from Asia, followed by Europe. [19]

      There are 127 full-time faculty members and 1,056 part-time faculty members, many of whom are successful working artists and designers in New York City. The student:faculty ratio is 9:1. [20]

      Notable faculty members include Frank Lloyd Wright, Piet Mondrian, Tim Gunn, Soon Yu among others.

      In 1920, Parsons School of Design was the first art and design school in America to found a campus abroad. [19]

      Paris Edit

      Director of the New York School of Fine and Applied Art, Frank Alvah Parsons, first began a program in Paris in 1921. [21] The following year, the school made its home on the oldest planned square in Paris, the Place des Vosges. Parsons stated: "France, more than any country, has been the center of artistic inspiration since the sixteenth century… The value of associating with, and working from, the finest examples of the periods in decorative art, the adaptation of which is our national problem, needs no comment." [22] The school offered courses in architecture, interior decoration, stage design, and costume design, adding poster and graphic design a year later. Among its supporters were interior decorator Elsie de Wolfe and author and interior designer Edith Wharton.

      In 1931, interior designer Jean-Michel Frank led a group of students at the Paris Ateliers to create an icon of modern design, the Parsons Table. [23] After teaching advertising, illustration, and stage and costume design, Van Day Truex became director of the Paris Ateliers in 1934. An influential voice of 20th-century American design, Truex later became the design director of Tiffany & Company, where he developed the firm's signature interiors and graphics. Guest critics at the Paris Ateliers during this period include fashion designers Jeanne Lanvin, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Jean Patou.

      After closing before the onset of World War II in 1939, Parsons restarted its activities in Paris in 1948 offering a summer course combining travel and study. What was now Parsons School of Design reopened the School (at first with a summer abroad program in the late 1970s) it became known as Parsons Paris. In 1980, Parsons expanded its Paris program, entering into an educational partnership with the American College in Paris (now American University in Paris), to offer Bachelor of Fine Arts and study-abroad options. Beginning in 1986, students matriculating in the Parsons Paris program were eligible to receive a degree from Parsons School of Design.

      In 2008, when the contract between Parsons School of Design and Parsons Paris expired, the former decided not to renew it. At the expiration of the agreement, Parsons notified the Paris school that it could not continue to use the "Parsons" name any longer. The Paris school challenged that decision and brought the legal proceeding before the International Chamber of Commerce who ruled in favor of Parsons School of Design. [24] That institution, now called the Paris College of Art, is no longer affiliated with The New School.

      Parsons Paris Edit

      In November 2012, The New School President David E. Van Zandt announced that Parsons School of Design would be opening a new academic center, to be called Parsons Paris, in Paris in the autumn 2013. [25] Located in Paris’s First Arrondissement, Parsons Paris incorporates a faculty of French and European design educators as well as visiting professors from around the world. The school offers a variety of bachelor's and master's degrees in design, fashion, curatorial studies and business. All classes are taught in English. [26]

      In addition to fashion designers, Parsons is also known for being the alma mater to artists Jasper Johns, Paul Rand, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein, Norman Rockwell, Duane Michals, Ai Weiwei, Joel Schumacher, Julie Umerle, Danielle Mastrion, and Jacqueline Humphries among others. [ citation needed ] The late, famed interior decorator Mario Buatta also attended the school. Industrial designer Sara Little Turnbull graduated from the school. [ citation needed ]

      The school has been the choice of notable students such as Bella Hadid, Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Sailor Brinkley Cook (daughter of Christie Brinkley), Andrew McPhee, Massimo A. Pellegrini, Alexandra von Fürstenberg [27] among others.

      The Student Development and Activities is home to over 25 recognized student organizations throughout The New School that serves Parsons as well as all the other five schools that are under the umbrella of The New School. [28]

      Publications Edit

      • re:D is the magazine for Parsons alumni and the wider Parsons community, published by the New School Alumni Association. [29]
      • Scapes is the annual journal of the School of Constructed Environments.
      • The Journal of Design Strategies explores and documents collaborative work on the borders of management and design. [30]
      • The Parsons Journal for Information Mapping (PJIM) is published quarterly by the Parsons Institute for Information Mapping and focuses on both the theoretical and practical aspects of information visualization. [31]
      • BIAS: Journal of Dress Practice published by the MA Fashion Studies Dress Practice Collective started in the spring of 2013 and aims to join elements of "visual culture, fashion theory, design studies and personal practice through a variety of media." [32]
      • The Fashion Studies Journal ' is a monthly peer-reviewedacademic journal for fashion scholarship and criticism. It was established in 2012 as a platform for graduate-level writing [33]

      Broadcasting Edit

      WNSR is a student-run, faculty-advised online-only university radio station based at The New School. Programming is delivered in the form of streamable mp3s and, in the near future, subscribable podcasts. It is a station for all divisions of The New School. [34]


      Meet President Stephen Beal

      Stephen Beal was appointed president of California College of the Arts in May 2008, having served as provost at the college since 1997. As president, he champions CCA’s academic vision to prepare students as creative citizens who bring to their communities innovative problem-solving skills, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a desire to engage issues.

      Most recently, Beal led the development of an ambitious multi-year plan to strengthen the CCA experience for future generations of students by unifying the academic program on an expanded San Francisco campus, dramatically increasing on-campus student housing, building the CCA Board of Trustees, and planning for the largest capital campaign in CCA history.

      Since taking office, Beal has successfully completed major initiatives, including the $27.5 million Centennial Campaign national accreditation visits from WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) and NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design) and the development and implementation of the 2016–2020 collegewide strategic plan extension. Beal has played a significant role in the expansion of the college’s programs and facilities and the implementation of key academic initiatives, all of which contributed to an overall enrollment increase of more than 70% since 2000. Significant improvements to CCA’s existing buildings and development of new facilities during Beal’s tenure include a new student residence facility in Oakland and a new award-winning Graduate Center in San Francisco.

      Stephen Beal working in his art studio.

      President Beal’s background

      Beal holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), where he was vice president of academic planning and associate vice president of academic affairs before coming to CCA. He was the lead academic administrator on the school’s building and facilities projects, which included the acquisition of new property and major renovations of existing facilities. Previous to that he was chair of SAIC's graduate division, chair of its post-baccalaureate program, and a member of the painting faculty.

      In addition to his prolific academic career, Beal is a practicing artist whose work has been exhibited nationally, including at renowned galleries such as George Lawson in Los Angeles and New Museum Los Gatos. Beal currently serves on the board of trustees at the Asia Society Northern California in San Francisco and Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland. He also served on the board of trustees at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and San Francisco Asian Contemporary Art and Design Consortium. He also has been an advisor to the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, Girls Inc. of Alameda County, and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. He and his wife, Dee Hoover, reside in the East Bay. They have two children.

      President's Sustainability Steering Group

      The President's Sustainability Steering Group (PSSG) was established in 2009 to identify ways to showcase the college’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and ensure the college's leadership role upholds specific values that govern an eco-conscious approach to learning. Since its formation, the PSSG has significantly heightened the college's overall commitment to sustainability.

      PSSG statement of values

      The PSSG, which consists of faculty, student, staff, and trustee representation, developed the following values that represent the college's core principles as they pertain to sustainability. These basic tenets are drawn upon frequently to ensure all future growth—curricular, technological, architectural—takes into consideration these best-practice guidelines.

      Cleveland Institute of Art

      The college was founded in 1882 as the Western Reserve School of Design for Women, at first attended by one teacher and one pupil in the sitting room of its founder, Sarah Kimball. The school moved several times, first to the attic of the Old Cleveland City Hall, then to the Old Kelly homestead on Wilson Avenue (now East 55th Street). [3] Having become a co-educational school, it was renamed the Cleveland School of Art in 1892. After unsuccessful attempts to merge the school with Western Reserve University, the school became independent. In the fall of 1905, the first classes were held in a newly constructed building at the corner of Magnolia Drive and Juniper Road in Cleveland's University Circle. Beginning in 1917, the school offered classes for children and adults on weekends and in the summer. [4]

      The school participated in the WPA Federal Art Project during the Great Depression (1930s). Medical drawing and mapmaking were added to the curriculum during World War II (1939-1945). [4] The school began offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1947 [ citation needed ] and it became the Cleveland Institute of Art the following year, in 1948. The college gradually incorporated more academic courses into the curriculum, while retaining its key objective to offer practical training. [4]

      In 1956 the school moved to a new building on East Boulevard that it would name for George Gund II, who served as the college's board president and generous patron from 1942-1966. In 1981 the college acquired the former Albert Kahn designed [5] Euclid Avenue assembly plant which was built by Ford in 1914-1915 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Cleveland Institute of Art named the building the Joseph McCullough Center For Visual Arts following remodeling. [4]

      In early 2013, CIA announced it would sell its East Boulevard building to the Cleveland Museum of Art and Case Western Reserve University. [6] In 2015, the college unified its operations at the Euclid Avenue site, where it completed construction of an 80,000-square-foot building adjoined to the McCullough Center on the west, and also named for George Gund II.

      This new George Gund Building houses: the Peter B. Lewis Theater, the new home of CIA's year-round, nationally acclaimed Cinematheque film program the Reinberger Gallery for public exhibitions and CIA's programs in Animation, Ceramics, Drawing, Game Design, Glass, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, Jewelry + Metals, Life Sciences Illustration, Painting, Photography + Video, Printmaking, and Sculpture + Expanded Media. The building also houses the American Greetings Welcome Center the Admissions and Financial Aid offices and administrative operations. The new building has been designed to look crisp and contemporary without detracting from the historic McCullough building next door. This campus unification fully connects CIA to the new Uptown development of retail, restaurants, and residential construction anchored by CIA to the east and the new home of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland to the west. Uptown Phase II, at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Ford Drive, includes CIA's new freshman residence hall that opened in August 2014. [7]

      The institute offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in many majors as well as study abroad programs, mobility programs, and internships. Services for students include Career Services and Center for Writing and Learning Support. [2]

      Other academic programs include: [2]

      • Continuing Education
      • Pre-College Programs
      • Summer Workshops
      • Young Artist Programs

      In 2020, Cleveland Institute of Art was named a Best Midwestern College by the Princeton Review. In 2015 CIA was the only college of art and design to achieve this designation. Princeton Review is an education services company widely known for its test preparation programs and college and graduate school guides.

      In 2018-19, Money magazine named Cleveland Institute of Art to its "Best Colleges for your Money" ranking. [8]

        , a nationally recognized alternative film theater, is part of Cleveland Institute of Art.
    • The recently completed (2015) George Gund Building adjoins the historic Joseph McCullough Center for the Visual Arts at 11610 Euclid Avenue.
    • Reinberger Gallery presents free rotating art exhibits, events and lectures. Visiting artists often present lectures and symposia. The gallery is closed on Sundays.
    • CIA's Uptown Residence Hall houses some 130 first-year students in the Uptown Development on Euclid Avenue.
    • Cleveland Institute of Art's (old) George Gund Building

      The Institute's McCullough Center is a former Ford Model T factory at Euclid Avenue and East 116th Street

      Coburn Art Gallery

      The Coburn Gallery serves as Ashland University's primary resource for the viewing of visual art by the academic community as well as by the general public. These exhibitions form the visual foundation of the educational mission of the Department of Art. The gallery schedule focuses on the work of nationally known contemporary artists as well as Ashland University art faculty and students.

      Welcome to the College of Visual Arts and Design Career Community!

      Message from the Dean: Our College of Visual Arts and Design incorporates three departments — Art Education/Art History, Design and Studio Art — along with supporting galleries and institutes. We are one of the largest and most comprehensive stand-alone colleges of art and design offering undergraduate through doctoral instruction anywhere. We may be large in size but we are local in our character, and there is a place for your creativity in our community. Read more of the message from Dean Watts.


      The School of Art provides a student-centered, multi-faceted encounter with the history, practice, and philosophy of the visual arts. It champions equity and inclusion and the role of the visual arts in the greater community. We are committed to the development of fundamental skills and knowledge in studio practice, theory, history, culture, and research coupled with in-depth, advanced studies in contemporary practices. We are housed within the renowned College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning widely known for a unique learning experience where experiential learning, cooperative education and an exhilaration for dynamic practice and research ensures that academic study will have a transformative effect on the lives of our students. Fine Art undergraduate students engage in 3-semesters of experiential learning or co-operative education.

      Rather than requiring students to declare a studio concentration, we offer a cross-media curriculum that encourages students to focus on the development of their work through contact with internationally recognized faculty and visiting artists. Our School engages with the thriving and growing city of Cincinnati through exhibitions, public artworks and student internships at art institutions, firmly supporting the Urban Pathway of UC’s Next Lives Here strategic direction.

      The School of Art offers degrees in:

      Studio facilities include:

      • Laboratories for wood, metal, ceramics and plastic
      • Foundry
      • Fully-outfitted photography area with traditional black/white, color, and digital printing facilities
      • Lithography, etching, screen printing laboratory
      • Computer Graphics Center that offers state-of-the art computers with extensive software libraries
      • State-of-the-art Rapid Prototyping Center for 3D printing, computer controlled milling, and laser cutting
      • Experimental technology laboratory that houses additional 2D and 3D input and output equipment in an environment that encourages exploration and the development of new processes

      The School of Art hosts the Elise Zeller Sauer Fund for Fine Art and the Agnes Croll Blackburne Visiting Artist Lecture Series that enables our students to interact with nationally and internationally recognized artists.

      Our students find themselves steeped in a rich academic and creative environment both on and off campus - from signature architectural buildings on campus to an active and growing art scene with international programming at the Contemporary Art Center, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Taft Museum of Art. Additionally, Cincinnati boasts an active local art scene with many artist-run spaces with dynamic, challenging programming.

      As part of the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, the School of Art programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Arts and Design (NASAD).

      School of Art

      College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
      6431 Aronoff
      University of Cincinnati
      PO Box 210016
      Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016

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