Career Development News

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 Thursday, March 31, 2016 by Laura Kenney

Jeremy Mende works with Desirae Rivera at his studio

With a seven-to-one student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 13, CCA students receive a lot of individual attention from their instructors. The vast majority of CCA’s faculty members -- 88 percent -- are practicing professionals.

This can lead to professional opportu­nities for students in the form of intern­ships and, in many cases, jobs after graduation.

See where CCA students have interned »

A good example can be found in the story of recent alumna Desirae Rivera (Graphic Design 2015) and longtime CCA Graphic Design faculty member Jeremy Mende, founder and principal of MendeDesign in San Francisco.

Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 by Laura Braun

And surprise emcee S.F. Giants announcer Renel Brooks-Moon (channeling the ballpark buzz of Gatti’s favorite team) declared that CCA further honored this honoree by establishing the Stanlee Gatti Endowed Scholarship for a graduate or undergrad student in one of the school’s art, architecture or design programs.

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Posted on Friday, March 25, 2016 by Chris Bliss

In today’s world, across every imaginable industry, there’s a growing demand for creative people. Skilled artists are needed who can bring to the table an entrepreneurial spirit, unique problem-solving skills, and a hacker/DIY mentality.

Fine arts graduates can be found at the cutting edge of creative solutions, working in industry and in the community, and founding partnerships and enterprises of their own.

Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by Jim Norrena

CCA each year provides its undergraduate and graduate students with more than 600 internship/externship opportunities in architecture, design, fine arts, and writing.

Because the college is located among the most well-known, respected, and innovative companies and design firms, we are uniquely positioned to provide students with access to real-world industry leaders and help them build relationships as interns and develop professionally toward life-long careers.

Location = Access = Career Success

“Perhaps CCA’s most enduring contribution to our students’ professional lives as designers and artists,” explains Dean of Design Leslie Roberts, “is our deep roots into tech, design, and fine arts in the Bay Area." Roberts goes on to cite such heavyweights as Uber, Huge, Facebook, Arup, Autodesk, Google, and frog as being among the many noteworthy companies where current design students and alumni are building their careers.

Why CCA’s Bay Area location matters »

“Our industry ties allow CCA students unique access to internships coveted by peers around the world. Are other colleges and students envious of this opportunity? Of course they are!”

Roberts shared a recent email she received from a former student who had interned while in the MFA in Design program: "I've actually been thinking about CCA lately ... probably the best career move I've ever made. More than doubling my salary and moving from regular designer to lead in less than two years!"

See where CCA students have interned »

Posted on Friday, January 22, 2016 by Troy Covello

“Fortune favors the brave,” goes the old saying. A living example of that maxim is alumna Debra McGuire, who found success by continuously changing the trajectory of her life and career as a fine artist, jewelry maker, fashion designer, and costume designer.

Since she earned her BFA in Painting and teaching credentials from CCAC in 1974, McGuire has been on a fantastic journey that has taken her from handcrafting jewelry in a New York loft to a 10-year run as a costume designer for the hit show Friends in Los Angeles to her most recent project as a costume designer on a big-budget film set in Hawaii.

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

Posted on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Find Your Mentor at California College of the Arts (CCA)

Student: Faculty Ratio

With a seven-to-one student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 13, CCA students receive a lot of individual attention from their instructors.

Faculty of Professionals

The vast majority of CCA’s faculty members (88 percent) are practicing professionals. This often leads to professional opportunities for students in the form of internships and, in many cases, jobs after graduation.

Posted on Monday, October 26, 2015 by Laura Braun

The late singer is the subject of two exhbitions currently at the CJM.

San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) has a slogan that reads: “Connecting art, people, and ideas." So when the museum launched its two new Amy Winehouse exhibitions -- Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait and its corresponding exhibition You Know I’m No Good -- assistant curator Pierre-François Galpin (MA Curatorial Practice 2014) jumped at the chance to do just that.

“I’ve always been an Amy Winehouse fan, and I was looking to work around pop culture -- not just art -- so I was really glad and excited when this opportunity came up,” says Galpin.

Best known for her 2006 hit song “Rehab,” Winehouse passed away in 2011 at just 27 years old from alcohol poisoning after a long and public battle with substance abuse.

Both exhibitions opened July 23 at CJM, mere weeks after the release of Amy, a critically praised documentary about the singer. With the spotlight back on Winehouse, the museum sought to help fans and spectators see past the fame and tabloid fodder and present her life in a more intimate and previously unseen way.

For the stateside debut of A Family Portrait, Galpin worked closely with the curators of the Jewish Museum London, where the show originally opened under the careful supervision of Winehouse’s brother, Alex.

Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 by Jim Norrena

CCA's spring School to Market course is offered as part of the interdisciplinary craft curriculum initiative and is cotaught by David Cole (Jewelry / Metal Arts Program) and Anne Wolf (Textiles Program).

Now in its fifth year, the School to Market workshop represents a partnership between CCA and the American Craft Council to help bring hands-on entrepreneurial experience to young makers working in craft media.

American Craft Council Show

Over the course of the semester, the faculty members guide students through the process of producing, displaying, and then exhibiting their their fine craft works and that of their peers at the prestigious American Craft Council Show held July 31 through August 2 at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion in San Francisco.

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