Design MBA News

Posted on Thursday, November 3, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Social Craft builds a home on the campus of Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology in Bangalore

$10,000: It's a daunting amount of money to a student, especially when the task is to spend it in three months on a single project. But three CCA student IMPACT teams proved up to the challenge in summer 2011.

The IMPACT: Social Entrepreneurship Awards is a new initiative at CCA, run by the Center for Art and Public Life under the direction of Center director Sanjit Sethi and program manager Rebecca Wolfe. It is one of a trio of unique programs managed by the Center that connect students with outside communities to address specific, real-world problems.

The three winning IMPACT teams had competed against numerous other contenders, and they all had what the judges were looking for: They were interdisciplinary, they had strong relationships with their proposed community partners, they were attentive to a relevant social and humanitarian need, and they balanced innovation and pragmatism.

Sanjit Sethi says, "The name of this speaks for itself. At its core the IMPACT program is about innovation, community, collaboration, and making. It celebrates the entrepreneurial drive of CCA students combined with their desire to create a tangible, positive impact within a specific community."

(Note to students: Info sessions for summer 2012 IMPACT are happening in San Francisco on Nov. 8 and 17 at 6 p.m. in the Timken reception area, and in Oakland Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. in front of A2 Cafe.)

The year-one IMPACT teams reported on their completed projects on September 29, 2011, in Timken Lecture Hall on CCA's San Francisco campus.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 by Calvin Mays

Facebook headquarters, now in Menlo Park, was just one stop on the tour

Calvin Mays graduated from the MBA in Design Strategy program in spring 2011.

Nathan Shedroff, chair of the MBA in Design Strategy program at California College of the Arts, has a vision: to redefine the future of MBA education. In the spring 2011 semester, students in the program’s second-year cohort got the unique opportunity to take an elective that offered a look into the unpredictable and hyper-fast-paced world of entrepreneurship.

What risk-taking student wouldn’t jump at the chance to learn from two highly educated and venturesome professors (Teddy Zmrhal and Edward West): well-seasoned entrepreneurs with strong ties to, and deep roots in, the world’s hottest bed of deal-seeking venture capitalists, angels, accelerators, and incubators?

We were in for a sightseeing jaunt like no other—a VIP-guided tour into the mecca of start-up activity, the belly of the beast, Silicon Valley. We were all excited to actively participate in open and candid dialogues with some of the world’s most brilliantly innovative entrepreneurs, companies, and investors.

Being a risk-taking entrepreneur myself, I enrolled in the class in hopes of learning more than just textbook advice on the rigors of risk, or product and service differentiation. At first glance the syllabus looked a bit light: an inviting introduction, the usual grading system, a presentation assignment, and another assignment personally tailored to our venture projects from other courses.

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Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Student Annual: MBA in Design Strategy
CCA DMBA, 2010
Paperback, 92 pages, $25

A collection of projects, articles, and documentation by students in the second year of CCA's groundbreaking MBA in Design Strategy program. The book shows off the best of the student work and demonstrates the skills and abilities resulting from the program. It is edited by program chair Nathan Shedroff.

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Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Happy Earth Day, CCA!

California College of the Arts is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review, an education service that helps students select and apply to colleges.

CCA's inclusion in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition reinforces the college's reputation as an exemplary institution of higher education committed to sustainability.

The news, which USA Today reported Wednesday, April 20, arrives just in time for today's Earth Day celebration—and brings to a close CCA's Earth Week festivities with a remarkable bang!

The Guide to 311 Green Colleges, the first and only free comprehensive college guidebook to focus solely on high-ranking U.S. colleges and universities, showcases outstanding commitments to environmental sustainability in and out of the classroom (e.g., environmentally related practices, policies, and academic offerings). The 220-page guide contains profiles of 308 institutions of higher education in the United States and three in Canada, all of which demonstrate a significant commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.

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Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2011 by Jason Engelund

courtesy WAZO Design Institute

2011 is the inaugural year of the IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards program, one of the anchor initiatives of CCA's Center for Art and Public Life. This program enables interdisciplinary teams of CCA students to develop and implement social innovations through their studies in art, architecture, design, and writing. We are pleased to announce the winning IMPACT Teams for 2011! Each team has been awarded $10,000 toward their project.

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Posted on Friday, November 26, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Congratulations to CCA's pioneer 2010 class of Leading by Design Fellows Program [photo: Jim Norrena]

SAVE THE DATE: Join us January 12, 2011, at 7 p.m. for a Leading by Design Fellows Program Info Night held at CCA on the San Francisco campus.

CCA’s Leading by Design Fellows Program Hits its Mark with Pioneer 2010 Cohort

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Posted on Monday, November 22, 2010 by Jim Norrena

MBA in Design Strategy Student Annual 2009–10
CCA, 2010
Paperback, 92 pages

The Student Annual 2009–2010 is a collection of projects, articles, and documentation of the second year of the groundbreaking MBA in Design Strategy program at California College of the Arts. The content was carefully curated to show off the best of students' work and demonstrate the skills and abilities resulting from the program. See CCA's MBA in Design Strategy at the college website to learn more about this successful and unique program.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 by Chris Bliss

Q. Your job involves a lot of international travel. What are some global trends in art and design education?

The overarching trend is simply the belief that art and design education has become more important—that it’s a lively, dynamic field. Creativity and innovation are the most valuable currencies of our time. We hear that China has started around 1,000 new art and design programs in the last 10 to 15 years, and there are similar government-led education initiatives across the globe, particularly in Asia (including India), starting at the primary and secondary school levels.

The premise is that the new global economy will be built on the creative industries, and there will be more professional opportunities and more spheres of influence for artists and designers. In much of Asia, traditional ways of teaching and learning are not seen as conducive to creativity and innovation. When I’m over there I’m often asked questions about how to teach and instill creativity.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 by Chris Bliss

California College of the Arts (CCA) announces the launch of the IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards. The program will enable interdisciplinary teams of CCA students to develop and implement social innovations through their studies in art, architecture, design, and writing. Three IMPACT Awards up to $10,000 each will be given annually, beginning in spring 2011.

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Posted on Thursday, September 9, 2010 by Samantha Braman

How can craft and technology influence, and cater to, evolving social needs, user demands, and civic infrastructure? This summer, students in Nick Riddle's Industrial Design course titled "Bike Building I: The Frame" set out to answer the question.

Focusing on traditional principles and techniques of bicycle frame building, Riddle led students through the process of researching, designing, crafting, and manufacturing a custom bike. According to each student's individual desire, some of the final bikes were for mountain riding, others were for road riding, and others were purely for leisure. All were conceived, designed, and assembled in just six weeks.

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