Awards and Accolades News

Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by Jim Norrena

Come to the open house April 24 at CCA (San Francisco campus)

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom today used Twitter to showcase CCA’s MBA in Public Policy Design program, which offers a new kind of degree at the intersection of professional skills, policy contexts, sustainable values, and design-thinking techniques.

CCA's MBA in Policy Policy and the MBA in Strategic Foresight program follow in the footsteps of the groundbreaking MBA in Design Strategy, which prompted BusinessWeek to hail as "one of the world's best design programs."

All three design programs are chaired by Nathan Shedroff, a pioneer in the experience design movement.

About the Tweet

Newsom's tweeted about the upcoming MBA in Public Policy Design open house event April 24, 2014, at 6:15 p.m. in Timken Lecture Hall on the San Francisco campus (1111 Eighth Street).

The event will feature Deputy Innovation Officer for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office Shannon Spanhake, who is a leading voice in highlighting how civic innovation is shifting public/private sector partnerships and creating new opportunities for startups and social enterprises.

The event is free and open to the public. To learn more and to register »

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Posted on Monday, April 14, 2014 by Laura Braun

CCA is excited to announce that its Interaction Design Program has been named “Best Academic Program” in UX Magazine’s inaugural international Design for Experience awards. The awards recognize excellence in all aspects of experience design. CCA’s program is one of the first such undergrad programs in the world. It is the first in California, and the only one in Silicon Valley.

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Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Chris Bliss

Holland Cotter [Photo: Christopher Myers, courtesy Maryland Institute College of Art]

Holland Cotter, Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic at the New York Times, will be recognized by California College of the Arts (CCA) with an honorary doctorate degree at its 107th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 17, at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco.

Cotter will deliver the commencement address to 500+ CCA graduates and their families. He will also be honored at a private lunch the day before and participate in the post-commencement reception at the college's San Francisco campus.

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Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014 by Laura Braun

The mission of the Interaction Design Program at CCA is to humanize technology by creating a new breed of human-centered specialists. Students are taught forward-looking core skills in systemic and behavioral design, as well as visual design and technical skills. This is a brand new program, but the judges were impressed with the balanced and robust infrastructure and see potential for the program to be highly influential in the UX/IxD education landscape.

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Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2014 by Laura Braun

Evan Litvak (Interaction Design 2014) is set to graduate from CCA this year, and the idea of delving into the workforce is far from the daunting task most people his age face.

As one of CCA’s inaugural IxD students, Litvak scored an internship with Facebook, which has since secured him a career with the social media giant.

From Fine Arts to Technology

“I came into CCA as a Ceramics major and had been doing fine arts all my life,” Litvak explained. “I had a little interest in computers and technology, but mostly recreationally -- I’d play videogames and surf the Web all the time.

“At the end of my first semester at CCA, I was in the dorms in Oakland and I saw a poster for the first Intro to IxD class ever. It had prompts all over it, with one of them saying, ‘Who’s going to create the future social network?’ and I thought, ‘Why not me?’”

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Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by Chris Bliss

Harriet Street Student Residences

The Harriet Street Student Residences building in San Francisco has successfully achieved LEED platinum level -- the highest level of certification -- by the U.S. Green Building Council, an organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

LEED certification is recognized across the globe as the premier mark of achievement in sustainable building.

Some of the “green” features of CCA's Harriet Street Residences include 

  • Natural light and ventilation
  • Solar water heating
  • Stainless steel Energy Star appliances
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Low-flow fixtures
  • High recycled content
  • Reduced construction waste
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Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Simon Hodgson

Filmmaker and CCA alumnus Banker White (MFA 1999) has traveled as far as West Africa in his journey to develop communities and tell stories. But his latest work originated rather closer to home. In his documentary The Genius of Marian, due for theatrical release in April 2014, he follows his mother, Pam, as she deals with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

“In 2008, seven years after my grandmother passed away after a battle with Alzheimer’s, my mom, Pam, announced that she was going to write a book about her. Marian Williams Steele was her mother and my grandmother. She was a well-known artist. I painted with her my whole childhood.

“As her only grandkid who identifies as an artist, I knew immediately that I was going to be involved. So I started going back home to Massachusetts twice a year to help my mom with the book and to archive Mana’s paintings.”

But what began as a collaborative mother-son book-writing project evolved into something very different, as Pam herself started to experience signs of dementia, and soon was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. “In 2009, I stayed at my parents’ house for three months, just to figure out what was going on,” says White. “It was clear that both my parents needed help. My mom was delusional and had periods of violence. I realized I needed to move home.”

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Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 by Jim Norrena

From CCA to IDEO to Plum Organics . . . see where an arts education is taking this alum!

Career Success: A Media Synopsis

In June 2012 the New York Times sunk its teeth into Neil Grimmer (BFA Sculpture 1995) and his human-interest, business-savvy success story with Plum Organics, the organic baby-food company that has reshaped the industry by changing not only what we're packaging but also how we're packaging it. 

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Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 by Allison Byers

CCA alum Adam Dole (MBA in Design Strategy 2010) has been spending an exciting several months in Washington DC as part of the second cohort of Presidential Innovation Fellows; he was one of 43 selected out of more than 2,000 applicants.

This program pairs top innovators from the private sector, nonprofits, and academia with top innovators in government to collaborate during focused “tours of duty” to develop solutions that can save lives, save taxpayer money, and fuel job creation.

The fellows have a unique opportunity to make an impact on a truly massive scale.

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Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by Allison Byers

Over the weekend of November 16-17, 2013, 24 CCA undergraduates participated in Wheel Well, a “design sprint” for bicycle safety in Silicon Valley.

Organized by Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition’s Roadway Safety Solutions Team, CCA’s Center for Art and Public Life, and CCA’s Design division, the event challenged students to rapidly conceive an intervention that would: 1) improve the relationship between motorists and cyclists in Silicon Valley; and 2) encourage behavior change to ensure the safety of everyone on the road.

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