Awards and Accolades News

Posted on Friday, April 22, 2016 by Chris Bliss

Master of Architecture students Rafael Berges, Jared Clifton, Vaama Joshi, and Shirin Monshipouri have been announced as winners of the AIA COTE Top Ten for Students awards.
The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE), in partnership with Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), selected the recipients of the national awards.
The competition challenged students to submit projects that use a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology to provide architectural solutions that protect and enhance the environment.

Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2016 by Chris Bliss

CCA students learn about job opportunities at annual Career Expo

California College of the Arts (CCA) ranks number-one arts college in the nation for return on investment (ROI), according to a recent survey conducted by PayScale, the leading provider of compensation data, in its 2016 College ROI Report.

“We’re pleased to see CCA garner the top rating in this survey -- it confirms our belief that a CCA education has tremendous value,” commented Provost Tammy Rae Carland.

“It’s clear that innovation and ingenuity are increasing in value in the workplace. There is a pressing need for creative people across a broad range of industries and CCA excels at providing students with the skills, connections, and confidence to build lifelong creative careers.”  

CCA’s 20,000 alumni have been employed at some of the most innovative companies and organizations -- Adobe, Apple, BCBG, Nike, Pixar, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art -- and many have embarked on successful entrepreneurial businesses.

Many of these career connections began while they were students at CCA, through opportunities such as industry-sponsored studios, internships, and the annual Career Expo.

Read more on CCA alumni careers »

Posted on Monday, April 11, 2016 by Jim Norrena

On Thursday, April 7, Center for Art and Public Life (CAPL) at California College of the Arts presented the spring 2016 IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards, at which three juried interdisciplinary teams each were awarded a $10,000 grant to create innovative and creative solutions to social problems by collaborating with community experts and partners.

Through such grants, the awards program enables a new generation of creative innovators to develop meaningful social change. Students are challenged to apply their critical and creative problem-solving skills to make a difference locally, nationally, and internationally by developing proposals and facilitating actionable next steps.

In the spring CAPL received an unprecedented amount of grant proposals from undergraduate and graduate students across 15 different disciplines with project sites in San Francisco, Utah, India, Pakistan, China, and Columbia.


Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2016 by Jim Norrena

Congratulations to alumna and interdisciplinary poet and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (again!) for having been awarded a 2016 Whiting Award, a prestigious accomplishment that carries with it a $50,000 honorarium for each of the four awardees.

Diggs (MFA in Writing 2008) was honored in the poetry category of the annual awards competition issued by the Whiting Foundation.

Recent Honors

In January Diggs was named an awardee of the 2016 Creative Capital Awardees in the Literature category for her project Global Studies, a collection of poems and flash prose that mimes the textbook structure to examine the ambiguity of history.

Read the CCA feature »

Posted on Thursday, March 3, 2016 by Jim Norrena

CCA Film and MFA in Film cochair Rob Epstein's and Jeffrey Friedman's latest film, Hellraiser -- produced by the two-time Academy Award-winning Telling Pictures -- debuts later this month on Amazon Prime Video as part of its groundbreaking new series The New Yorker Presents, a 10-part series produced by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Jigsaw Productions) and Condé Nast.

Hellraiser is about "a former Evangelical preacher who left the church and is making his own way through the world in this really positive way."

Cinematic Landscape for Readers

The New Yorker Presents brings America's most award-winning magazine, the New Yorker, to the screen with documentaries, short narrative films, comedy, poetry, animation, and cartoons from the hands of acclaimed filmmakers and artists. Thus far the series is composed of 10 parts plus a pilot, with two parts being added to Amazon Prime each week.

Posted on Thursday, February 25, 2016 by Laura Kenney

Three CCA faculty members recently earned national accolades for excellence in teaching.

Linda Fleming | Sculpture

Linda Fleming received the 2016 Outstanding Educator Award from the International Sculpture Center, presented to individuals who have effectively and passionately communicated the knowledge and personal experience gained through the creation of their own work to countless numbers of students throughout their career. 

Posted on Friday, February 19, 2016 by Em Meine

CCA Ceramics major Josh Reyes (a.k.a. Sioux) will show his work as part of a multiplatform exhibition, titled Across the Table, Across the Land, at the 50th annual NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) conference, taking place in March in Kansas City, Missouri.

Posted on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 by Jim Norrena

Comics: Art in Relationship

Based on the success of CCA's MFA in Comics program, the college recently initiated a collaboration with Kadenze, an online course provider to universities and creative technology-based institutions, that has resulted in the college's first free, publicly offered online course.

As of its official launch, Kadenze Communications Manager John Johnson confirmed: "The current student population of Comics: Art in Relationship is 7,189 students." And the Kadenze promotional YouTube video for the course has over 10,000 views!

Art Education with Global Reach

"Our partnership with Kadenze offers CCA's graduate comics program the opportunity to reach future cartoonists around the world," explains MFA in Comics chair Matt Silady.

"Since the first session went live, we have sign-ups from the US, Europe, South America, Asia, India, and more . . . artists and writers from every walk of life."

Posted on Friday, February 5, 2016 by Laura Braun

With the help of many of America’s leading art and design schools, we once again identify top students ready to burst on the design scene. Some are undergrads, others are graduate students, all have found personal and professional growth through their programs. Our Students To Watch feature has become a tradition that resonates and renews: the students get recognized and the professional creative community gets refreshed.

Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 by Jim Norrena

2016 Sundance Ignite Fellow Janak Reddy VootkuruView slideshow 

MFA in Film program's Janak Reddy Vootkuru, a second-year student and digital photographer and filmmaker who moved to San Francisco from India to study film at CCA, was recently accepted into the 2016 Sundance Ignite Fellowship program!

Now in its second year, the competitive Sundance Ignite program accepts only a select group of 18-to-24-year-old emerging filmmakers each year. This year’s participants will engage in a rigorous and exciting program schedule set for January 27 to 31 during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

According to MFA in Film co-chair Rob Epstein, “CCA was one of only a select group of schools invited to submit candidates, so this is a really great accomplishment for Janak, our program, and CCA.”

As a studying filmmaker, Vootkuru is exploring the possibilities of time-based media. He is working in narrative, nonfiction, and hybrid forms, immersing himself in a range of practices throughout CCA’s two-year MFA in Film program. 

Watch a selection of Vootkuru’s films