Expand career choices and possibilities
Minors at CCA are designed to complement your main area of study, whether you’re in architecture, design, fine arts, or humanities and sciences. They give you more opportunities to collaborate, create unconventional solutions, and get hands-on experience through project-based learning. A compelling, diverse portfolio of work may even boost your marketability after graduation.
Earn a minor without adding more units
Pursuing a minor is a great way to explore a second interest and still graduate on time. Here are a few things to keep in mind about the overall process:
- Declaring a minor doesn’t increase the total number of units you need for graduation
- Declaring a minor doesn’t affect the number of courses you’ll take within your chosen major or other areas of focus
- Coursework within your declared minor may replace other requirements, so it’s important to plan ahead with your advisor
Learn how to apply with our Declare a Minor Form.
The minor in Computational Practices is an opportunity to supplement your BA, BFA, or BArch degree with coursework focused on new computational technologies. You’ll incorporate technical skills, conceptual rigor, and ethical competencies related to this emerging field into your studio practice. In addition to understanding the roles and contexts of technology in your chosen discipline, you’ll reprogram existing tools and build/design new tools to advance your creative practice.
Social Practice and Community Engagement (SPACE)
The minor in SPACE complements your BA, BFA, or BArch degree with an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on socially engaged projects. You’ll develop values, methodologies, and skills for working with people in local communities and public spaces. You’ll combine art and design practices with collaborative, political actions that range in scale from temporary public art interventions to in-depth community projects with real partners.
The minor in Visual Studies enables motivated students to pursue their studio practice while thoroughly engaging with a curriculum focused on critical, interpretive, and historical training. You’ll learn to practice a critical approach to historical and contemporary culture, decode images that surround us, explore the mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion that elevate certain forms during particular moments in history, consider alternative systems of representation, and more.
Writing and Literature
The minor in Writing and Literature is an opportunity to pursue your studio practice while engaging in the creative and critical literary arts. With a flexible curriculum that incorporates fiction, poetry, comics, screenwriting, and more, you’ll bolster your oral and written communication skills. Faculty, including award-winning novelists, poets, and memoirists, support your explorations of character and storytelling. Motivated students in the Animation, Illustration, Community Arts, Film, and Graphic Design programs are especially well-suited for this minor.
The minor in Ecological Practices is an opportunity for artists and designers to pursue the study of ecology, environmental justice, sustainability, and resilience within the context of their practices. Students interested in exploring the interaction of human and natural worlds through their studio practices and writing are especially well-suited for this minor. Coursework goes beyond popular familiarity with topics such as climate change and biodiversity to investigate the deep connections between scientific ecological knowledge and students’ work as artists, designers, architects, or writers.
Meet with an academic advisor
Pursuing a CCA minor doesn’t affect the total number of classes you have to take, but because coursework within your chosen minor may replace some of your major requirements, it’s very important that you meet with an academic advisor to plan your course of study. If you plan to declare a minor, you should contact your academic advisor as early as possible.
Declare your intent to pursue a minor
You’ll also need to complete and submit our Undergraduate Minor Declaration Form, available as a download below. Once you have your advisor’s approval, you have until the first-semester priority registration period of your senior year to officially declare. Please note that failure to complete the minor, or formally withdrawal from it, may delay your graduation date.
Forge partnerships between disciplines
The creative community at CCA is ambitious, engaged, and curious. Rather than stick to one narrow path of study, we tend to work across multiple disciplines, pulling in inspiration from the Bay Area and hybrid, experimental practices. Our comprehensive undergraduate programs allow for tremendous flexibility throughout your time in studios and seminars.
Leverage skills for the 21st century
Our minor degree options amplify the sense of adventure present at CCA. An Illustration student, for example, could minor in Writing and Literature to incorporate sophisticated narrative devices into their studio practice. An Interaction Design student could minor in Computational Practices to learn how to create a user interface for a nonprofit arts organization. Whatever the reason, students who pursue minors are interested in approaching their thinking and making from multiple perspectives.