As a Drawing major at the Cleveland Institute of Art you will explore traditional and unconventional materials, tools, and techniques to define your aesthetic identity as well as challenge your artistic vision and resourcefulness. As part of the Visual Arts and Technologies (VAT) Environment, our BFA program in drawing provides students with a broad education in the visual arts while strengthening their in-depth conceptual knowledge of the drawing discipline. Through our integrated curriculum, you will be introduced to historical and cultural frameworks of drawing, the individual studio practice of drawing, style and aesthetics, and the idea of communication through drawing. You will master a visual vocabulary and learn to draw from observation, ideation, and experimental processes. Your CIA experience culminates with a BFA thesis and exhibition that entails presenting a body of self-initiated work, an oral defense and a written artist statement.
Our Drawing faculty uses a multidisciplinary approach to teaching, pulling from other visual art fields, such as printmaking, painting, fiber and material studies, and sculpture. Students will attend lectures by and work individually with visiting artists, including our VAT Environment artist-in-residence. In addition, you will be tutored in creating a professional portfolio, developing grant-writing skills, and proper etiquette for successfully approaching dealers, curators, and collectors. You also will gain an understanding of how to set up your own professional studio in our professional practices program. Each spring, you will have an opportunity to visit professional galleries and exhibitions, such as the Whitney Biennial and The Armory Show, in New York City.
Three faculty, seven alumni recognized with Ohio excellence awards
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Associate Professor/Chair of Drawing
Sarah's work has been exhibited in galleries such as Vermont Studio Center; the Cultural Center of Polecni, Pi...more
While at CIA, you'll learn from the masters through our rigorous, world-class curriculum and connect with working professionals to begin your career.