Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studio

Summer Session 2016

Continuing CCA student registration for on-campus summer courses March 4-27 through WebAdvisor; registration for nondegree students begins on March 28.


Instructor: Kyle Chan + guest artist Anouk Wipprecht
San Francisco / UDIST–300 / 23 sessions
Prerequisite: Jr standing
May 23-June 30 (no class 5/30), Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
& July 1, Fri., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

This course provides the special opportunity to study with Dutch visiting artist, Anouk Wipprecht, along with CCA's own Kyle Chan.

The studio introduces students to the new product category of wearable technology. WEAR-tech is product developed for function and adornment on the body, around the body and with the body. Exploring the territory of technologically integrated fashion, this course goes beyond the "wristable." Students explore the relationship between soft materials and technological advances in sensors, micro-controllers, new conductive paints, trims, yardage materials, threads, yarns, and fibers.

Aesthetics, ethics, environmental impact, and the use of technology in creating wearable products are discussed as prototypes are created. Students assemble a sample design swatchbook of functioning tech form studies that support design ideation development for the use/wear by humans. The outcome of this soft product development class is the further understanding of technology at work with soft goods materials.

Students who also choose to enroll in this summer’s Arduino Autonomous Robotics course (SCIMA-200) can interweave the technology learned in Arduino Robotics with WEAR-tech’s design ideation prototyping for human wearability. (3 credits)

This course satisfies the Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studio requirement or a Studio Elective.

Art & Crime

Instructor: Kota Ezawa
San Francisco / UDIST–300 / GELCT-630 / 15 sessions
Prerequisite: Jr standing
July 25-August 12, Mon.- Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The connections between art and crime are countless. Art theft and forgery produce headlines with great frequency. Well known artworks have been physically attacked and vandalized using knives, acids, paints, and other tools. Crime has inspired significant works of art, from Wegee's crime-scene photographs to Andy Warhol's 13 Most Wanted Men. Art has also functioned as a platform to bring attention to the living conditions of prison inmates.

Students in this course produce works in visual art, film, and writing, in response to visits to criminal justice institutions, conversations with inmate rights activists, and discussions with artists whose work has been subject to legal controversy, censorship, or confiscation.

Each student realizes a project that reflects crime in its research, form of execution, or presentation context. While students are obligated to respect laws of civil conduct, they are encouraged to break any barrier confining their medium, practice, or approach. (3 credits)

For undergraduates, this course satisfies the Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studio requirement or a Studio Elective. For graduates, this course satisfies a Grad-wide Elective.