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Graphic Design

As our methods of communication become increasingly mobile, we rely more and more on the art of design to communicate in creative and engaging ways. At the Cleveland Institute of Art, our Graphic Design curriculum takes into account these dramatic changes that are transforming the graphic design industry and the importance of clear visual communication.

As a Graphic Design major, you will explore both innovative and traditional methods of graphic design including typography, print and web design, package design, and signage. You will be introduced to forms, methods, conventional and experimental types of media, and concepts crucial to creative development, self-expression, and effective visual communication and production.

While we rely on the latest technology to build technical skills, our coursework allows you to explore and grow beyond these technologies. Your study will include:

  • Editorial and publication design
  • Event and exhibition design
  • Interactive and motion graphics
  • Print, marketing, and advertising design
  • Production

As part of the design environment, you also will collaborate with Industrial Design and Interior Architecture students on projects and in the classroom. These opportunities as well as our integrated curriculum help you build valuable communication skills and develop techniques for presenting your ideas and final projects.

Real-world experience for real-world careers
What may best set CIA apart from other colleges of art and design is our commitment to preparing students for a career path through real-world experiences. You'll learn by working on real-world projects with external partners or clients, or in the public sphere—all before graduation.

These opportunities allow you to put your classroom and studio knowledge to work in a professional setting while still being guided by faculty. You’ll learn what it takes to meet clients’ expectations, and you will emerge with confidence that will serve you as you launch your career.

What can I do with a degree in Graphic Design?

  • Film Director + Writer
  • Designer + Founder
  • Associate Partner
  • Web Designer
  • Magazine Designer
  • Advertising Designer

Facilities

As a Graphic Design student, you will work in our professional-level studio equipped with wireless Internet and printing as well as a full construction area. Additionally, you will have access to a state-of-the-art computer lab, digital print output center and presentation spaces. We also have led a successful pilot laptop program, and negotiated discount prices for Adobe software and professional-grade Macintosh laptops.

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 material studies. This communal environment gives students optimal means of making for their individual exploration and group projects.