Ecological Theory & Practice

Ecological Theory and Practice (EcoTAP) is a network of courses, faculty, and events at California College of the Arts that focuses on the study of environmentalism, ecology, and sustainability within an art and design school context. EcoTAP courses can be found in any program.

EcoTAP is not a specific major or required set of courses; instead, it is a network of courses that any student interested in ecological theory and practice can access. (Students: You can find these courses on WebAdvisor by typing “eco” into the title keyword search!)

At CCA, we believe that the arts, design, and the humanities play a formative role in both interpreting and addressing contemporary ecological challenges. CCA fosters engagement with ecological theory and practice in order to promote the development of creative interventions into ecological discussions.

CCA students and faculty are at the forefront of defining the range of cultural engagements with the complex interaction of society and nature. Courses at CCA encompass a variety of ecological subjects—from social theories of nature to the impact of contemporary art, architecture, craft, and design practices on specific aspects of the environment.

What Is an EcoTAP Course?

Any course that significantly engages with ecological theory and practice may be listed as an EcoTAP course.

We define ecological theory as a set of ideas and concepts—within art, architecture, literature, design, social history, critical theory, philosophy, and science—that explore the interaction of human and natural worlds. Such ecological theory can range from philosophical problems in the understanding of nature to new frameworks for achieving sustainable development.

We define ecological practice as a set of skills oriented toward making that considers the inter-relationships between human and natural systems, and between social products and natural matter.