The Photography program's wide breadth of traditional and cutting-edge processes is unique to the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Students learn about 35mm, digital, medium-and large-format cameras, black and white printing, digital output, color shooting, experimental photography and digital video. They have the opportunity (also unique to AAC) to link photographic theory and practice to other artistic disciplines.
The major provides a blend of theoretical and real-world instruction that enables students to build careers as commercial photographers, professional artists, photojournalists, and in other disciplines. Many graduates move on to grad school or pursue careers in the gallery or museum world.
The Lightborne Visiting Artist Program is unique to the Photography Major at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Each year the Art Academy and the Cincinnati Art Museum invites two international artists to work with students and give a public lecture. In the fall, an emerging photographer is invited for a two-week Artist-in-Residence program. Artists have included Elinor Carucci (www.elinorcarucci.com), Todd Hido (www.toddhido.com) and Hank Willis Thomas (www.hankwillisthomas.com). The students work with the artist during a three-day workshop, benifit from one-on-one critiques and install an exhibition of the photographer's art in the Art Academy Gallery. In the spring, an international artist is invited for a three day visit, where they perform group and one-on-one critiques with students, as well as give a public lecture. Former artists are Gregory Crewdson, Thomas Demand (www.thomasdemand.de) and Doug Aitken (www.dougaitkenworkshop.com).
Our organization is a non-profit community darkroom, educational center, studio workspace, and photographic gallery located in the Quadrangle arts district in the St. Clair/Superior neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio. Housed on the first floor of the historic ArtCraft Building, Cleveland Print Room offers a place to process 20th century emulsion-based film and analog photography collectively with others who share a passion for the photographic arts. Since photography is a huge part of everyday life, we have a shared desire to partner with the photographic community, the arts community, and the education community.
Our programs include educational workshops and classes in photographic arts with a focus on using outdated photographic processes, along with exploring interesting modes of analog processing. We offer affordable community darkroom services, studio workspace and exhibition opportunities for students, amateurs, and professional photographers. We will offer summer youth programs, a lecture series hosting local and nationally recognized photographers and archivists, and in the future an artist residency program offering darkroom facilities, studio workspace and exhibition space for visiting photographers.
The Cleveland Institute of Art is an independent college of art and design committed to leadership and vision in all forms of visual arts education. Since 1882, we have have won widespread acclaim for the quality of our programs and achievements of our alumni. Students are encouraged to explore their vision and develop their skills through an interdisciplinary curriculum.
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. In CIA’s Photography major, coursework will expose you to rich and varied techniques and aesthetics essential to photography, video, and digital cinema. 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.
In today’s image-driven environment, capturing life from behind a camera can lead you almost anywhere: lighting, styling, retouching/editing, designing, experimenting, documenting, manipulating, processing, and teaching. The Photography major will prepare you to navigate the full range of commercial and fine art photography—able to move seamlessly between cutting-edge digital tools and classic darkroom work. Whether working with platinum prints or interactive multimedia, the overriding emphasis is the development of your individual voice and vision.