CIVA classroom and studio activities are structured around close personal attention in a family atmosphere. Students get to know the faculty well through extensive one-on-one training and mentorship. Numerous social activities within the department lead to strong bonds that last for years.
Students are expected to develop professional practices from their first semester in the program. Each student documents her or his work and engages in professional development activities including exhibitions, design work, commissions, outreach, curating and student teaching.