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Uncommon Majors offered at Ohio’s Colleges – Fashion Design

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For students interested in “Fashion,” the first distinction to make is the difference between majors in “Fashion Design” and “Fashion Merchandising.” Fashion Design focuses on the nuts and bolts of designing and making clothing and accessories (we’re talking sewing machines, patterns, fabric, etc.). Students study fashion sketching and illustration, computer design, pattern making, and fabric selection. It is a very demanding and time consuming major and the Devil is always in the details. Fashion Merchandising, on the other hand, focuses on the skills aligned with the demands of a retail or wholesale fashion/clothing buyer. Students learn about the fashion industry and the attributes of fashion styles and products – their design, manufacture, and distribution. They also may take courses in the Business school such as Marketing and Retail Sales.

Ohio has only four colleges offering majors in Fashion Design: They include one of the best in the country at Kent State University’s “Fashion School” where they offer a BA and BFA in Fashion Design. Not far behind is Columbus College of Art & Design’s program in Fashion Design and University of Cincinnati’s major in Design – Fashion. Finally, Ursuline offers the only adult program in Fashion Design in the state.

Alternatively, there are many programs in Fashion Merchandising in Ohio, with offerings at Kent State University, Ashland University, Bowling Green State University, University of Cincinnati, Ohio University, Ohio State University, University of Akron, and Ursuline College.

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

Uncommon Majors Offered at Ohio’s Colleges – Industrial Design

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Industrial designers are concerned with the appearance and usefulness of manufactured products. When creating products, industrial designers think about technical performance, environmental concerns, human comfort, and appearance. Since industrial designers are employed wherever products are planned for mass pro­duction, there are ample career opportunities available. Industrial designers are typi­cally hired as consultants or on the design staff of a corporation and work on projects including automobiles, human-powered and single person vehicles, furniture, appliances, house wares, electronic equipment, tools, toys, and others. In 2016 the average salary for an industrial designer was $67,000.

There are only four industrial design academic programs in Ohio. These programs are typically found in art and design departments or colleges and most begin with a set of “art foundation” courses. As students progress, design software becomes central to the work. So, where are these programs?

Ohio is blessed to have one of the top programs in the United States. Design Intelligence recently ranked the University of Cincinnati’s Industrial Design program first in the country. Other high quality programs are also found at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Columbus College of Art and Design, and The Ohio State University.

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

Ohio’s Art and Design Colleges: Cleveland Institute of Art

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Cleveland Institute of Art has been educating professional artists and designers since 1882. CIA is located in the heart of University Circle, Cleveland’s cultural center. University Circle is home to over 8,000 students from Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and CIA. The area abounds with cultural opportunities including Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, and six museums including the world renowned Cleveland Museum of Art.

CIA is one of 40 Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) in the U.S. and the 2nd largest of 3 in Ohio. A dedicated art school is different than majoring in art at a comprehensive university. At CIA, students are surrounded by artists and have the advantage of taking courses across disciplines as needed to support their work.

Nationally known for their programs in Industrial Design and Biomedical Art, CIA offers 15 majors including growing majors in Game Design, Illustration, and Animation. A close relationship with Case Western Reserve University opens courses, team projects, and co-curricular activities, across schools.

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos from our last visit to Cleveland Institute of Art: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty8VJO6wmZ8

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

Ohio’s Art and Design Colleges: Columbus College of Art and Design, an Ohio Art College

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Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) is a private college of art and design located in downtown Columbus. Originally founded in 1879 as the Columbus Art School, CCAD is one of the oldest private art and design colleges in the U.S. They are also the largest private art and design college in Ohio.

Located next door to the Columbus Museum of Art, CCAD offers students 10 major areas of study, 16 minors, and 12 concentrations. The largest majors are Illustration, Advertising & Graphic Design, Industrial Design, and Animation, but all are strong. Most importantly for artists and designers, students declare one major area of study, but enjoy plenty of elective space to integrate course work relevant to their unique set of interests and professional goals. CCAD is a creative think tank; ideal for artists who take their craft seriously and can appreciate working alongside others who do too.

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos from our last visit to Columbus College of Art and Design: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-Fx9GYXrGc

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

Ohio’s Art and Design Colleges

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Ohio is home to three specialty Art and Design Colleges, all of which are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. They include Columbus College of Art and Design, Cleveland Institute of Art, and the Art Academy of Cincinnati. These schools date back to the 1800s and are located in the center of the urban art districts of our state. Major offerings include such areas of study as photography, videography, illustration, animation, interior design, industrial (product) design, graphic design, fashion design, painting, ceramics,  and others. These are unique think tanks for creatives. They are not for the faint of heart, but instead are rigorous training grounds for students who take their art seriously and want to organize their lives around it.

So, why study art and design at a specialty art college versus an art department within a more comprehensive university? Simply put, for students at these colleges, their entire world is integrated by shared artistic concepts and connected to a network of other artists practicing in an variety of art forms. Additionally, these colleges are networked to the art and design world in a way that ensures an ongoing steam of speakers, teachers, professionals, and creative organizations through their doors.

This summer, CBA spent a day at the largest two of these three schools. Let’s hike a bit further down the trail and take a look at each one.

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

 

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