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Capp Street Project
Center for Art and Public Life
ENGAGE at CCA
IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards
Fashion Design Program
Graduate Program in Fine Arts
Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice
MFA Program in Writing
About California College of the Arts
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) offers 22 undergraduate and 11 graduate programs in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers BFA, BA, MFA, MA, MBA, BArch, MArch, MAAD, and MAUDL degrees. It has campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, and currently enrolls 1,900 full-time students. CCA students are encouraged to work in an interdisciplinary manner, undertaking projects and collaborations with students in other majors and engaging with outside communities.
Noted alumni include the artists Nathan Oliveira, Jules de Balincourt, Robert Arneson, Robert Bechtle, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos; the Oscar-winning filmmaker Audrey Marrs; the illustrator Tomie de Paola; the conceptual artists Harrell Fletcher, David Ireland, and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas, Michael Vanderbyl, and Gary Hutton. For more information about CCA, visit cca.edu.
About the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts was established in 1998 in San Francisco at California College of the Arts. It serves as a forum for the presentation and discussion of international contemporary art and curatorial practice. Through groundbreaking exhibitions, the Capp Street Project residency program, lectures, symposia, and publications, the Wattis Institute has become one of the leading art institutions in the United States and an active site for contemporary culture in the Bay Area. For more information about the Wattis Institute, visit wattis.org.
About Capp Street Project
Since its creation in 1983, Capp Street Project has given more than 100 local, national, and international artists the opportunity to create new work through its residency and public exhibition programs. Capp Street Project offers artists the opportunity to formulate ideas and experiment in a variety of exhibition spaces while discovering and reacting to the San Francisco Bay Area. The project provides artists with the time and the resources to conceptualize, plan, and execute new work. Artists are encouraged to continue their experimentation and dialogue with the community throughout the exhibition period. The online Capp Street archive is available at cca.edu/library/capp.
About the Center for Art and Public Life
The Center for Art and Public Life was founded by California College of the Arts (CCA) in 1998 for the purpose of creating and facilitating programs that provide and enhance arts education in underserved communities within and beyond the San Francisco Bay Area. The center fosters opportunities for CCA students and working artists to partner with public schools and community organizations, where they use their talents to make a difference as mentors for youth and leaders in community development. The center administers CCA's Community Arts Program, the ENGAGE at CCA initiative, and other programs. For more information, visit center.cca.edu.
About the Visiting Artists and Scholars Program
The Visiting Artists and Scholars Program at CCA's Center for Art and Public Life is a yearlong residency for artists and scholars whose work focuses on issues related to the arts, education, and community. In addition to teaching, residents collaborate with their communities to create special projects and events that serve both the campus community and the diverse populations of the Bay Area. Past projects have included Pieces of Cloth, Pieces of Culture: Tongan Tapa Cloth, facilitated by the scholar Ping-Ann Addo and the artist Siu Tuita, and Cross Connections: Iranian and Iranian American Dialogue Through the Arts, led by the artist Taraneh Hemami and the scholar Persis Karim.
About ENGAGE at CCA
ENGAGE at CCA is an innovative initiative combining the Community Arts Program's successful model of community engagement with the project-based learning approach of the architecture and design disciplines. Activated across academic programs, ENGAGE at CCA serves as a hub to connect interested faculty and students to community partners and relevant outside experts. Housed at the Center for Art and Public Life, ENGAGE at CCA dynamically advances CCA's mission to prepare its students for lifelong creative work and service to their communities through a curriculum in fine art, architecture, design, and creative writing. For more information, visit center.cca.edu.
About the IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards
The IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards, launched in 2011, is one of the core initiatives of CCA’s Center for Art and Public Life. IMPACT is about innovation, community, collaboration, and making, and providing students with an opportunity to build relationships with committed organizations for social transformation. It celebrates the entrepreneurial drive of CCA students combined with their desire to create a tangible, positive influence within a specific community. The awards give multiple $10,000 awards each year to interdisciplinary teams of students, enabling them to implement a major project over the summer with a local, national, or international organization. The awards encourage collaboration across all disciplines, levels, and skill sets at the college. Each winning team, vetted through a two-part selection process, must identify a need in a specific community and articulate a plan to address that need in an innovative manner. Get more information and updates on the IMPACT blog (impact-awards.org) and the Center’s Twitter feed (@CCA_Center).
About the Wornick Award
The Ronald and Anita Wornick Award was established by the Wornick Company on the occasion of Ronald C. Wornick’s retirement as president and CEO. Reflecting the wishes of the Wornicks, the scholarships are intended to recognize, nourish, and encourage talented students in the wood arts at CCA. A gifted amateur wood artist himself, Ronald Wornick has been a member of the CCA Board of Trustees since 1992.
About CCA Extension
CCA Extension offers courses in a variety of subjects year-round on the college's San Francisco and Oakland campuses. For more information, please call 510.594.3710 or visit cca.edu/extension.
About CCA's Fashion Design Program
Established in 1996, CCA's Fashion Design Program is an idea-driven, craft-based course of study that emphasizes design concepts and skill development. The goal is to produce designers of daring originality who are willing to explore across disciplines and contribute to fashion as an aspect of modern art and culture. Students gain technical expertise in pattern making, sewing, draping, and fashion illustration. They develop creative solutions to the challenges of sustainability by designing fashions that respect the environment and preserve native cultures. Alumni are working in all aspects of the industry for companies such as John Varvatos, Abercrombie & Fitch, Gap Inc., Gymboree, J. Crew / Madewell, Levi Strauss & Co., TIBI, Ralph Lauren, Narciso Rodriguez, Athleta, Badgley Mischka, and Thom Browne. Many have developed their own firms in the United States and abroad. For more information, visit cca.edu/fashiondesign.
About CCA's Furniture Program
CCA's Furniture Program focuses on studio furniture, combining the disciplines of furniture design, industrial design, sculpture, architecture, and fashion. The program emphasizes practical skills (woodworking, metalworking, upholstery, and industrial fabrication), drawing and computer-based design, and a theoretical investigation of furniture as both object and cultural agent. For more information, visit cca.edu/furniture.
About CCA's Graduate Program in Fine Arts
Central to CCA's Graduate Program in Fine Arts is the idea that developing a sustained critical practice is essential to creating a dynamic career as a professional artist. The program helps students gain a deeper understanding of their own ideas and practices, increase their awareness of the global context of contemporary art, and develop the presentation skills needed to pursue a career in the visual arts. For more information, visit cca.edu/finearts.
About CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice
Founded in 2003, CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice offers an expanded perspective on curating contemporary art and culture. Alongside traditional forms of exhibition making, this two-year master's degree program emphasizes the momentous impact over the last half-century of artist-led initiatives, public art projects, site-specific commissions, and other experimental endeavors that take place beyond the confines of established venues. It is distinguished by an international, interdisciplinary perspective, and it reflects San Francisco's unique location and cultural history by placing a particular importance on the study of curatorial and artistic practices in Asia and Latin America. For more information, visit cca.edu/curatorialpractice.
About CCA's Architecture Programs
CCA offers professional, NAAB-accredited graduate and undergraduate programs in architecture, as well as advanced post-professional programs in urban design and landscape, digital media, and design theory. The five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree program was established in 1986, and the Master of Architecture Program was launched in 2004. The faculty is composed of highly accomplished designers and scholars, and the programs are committed to an architectural education with an emphasis on experiments in alternative models of practice, design, and fabrication. The curriculum accordingly brings developments in culture, media, and technology to bear on the process of architectural production. The school's location in the San Francisco Bay Area offers a polycentric urban laboratory for architectural exploration, influenced by its expanded geographical, cultural, and historical position in relation to the Americas, the Pacific Rim, and Europe. For more information, visit cca.edu/arch.
About CCA's MFA Program in Writing
CCA's MFA Program in Writing is a two-year course of study. The program offers workshops in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, cross-genre writing, playwriting, and screenwriting. Rather than being required to declare a specific genre, students may take workshops in various genres. For more information, visit cca.edu/mfawriting.
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