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Posted on Monday, August 19, 2013 by Allison Byers

Students at work during the Bosch-sponsored IxD studio course Time Studio 2: Behavior Craft. [Photo: Andrew Haskin]

In fall 2012, Bosch, a multinational engineering and electronics company, sponsored the final project in CCA’s Interaction Design undergraduate Time Studio 2: Behavior Craft course. The assignment: design a domestic robot.

Students Bring Interaction Experience to Life

Specifically, students were asked to create an interaction experience for a robot who can clean, organize, or secure the home. The frilly aproned “Rosie the Robot” from the The Jetsons may come to mind, but the robots conceived by CCA students were so much more.

Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 by Allison Byers

So when the California College of the Arts launched its new MFA program in comics, Hall was a natural pick to be among the first professors to teach the art, craft, and history of graphic storytelling on a graduate level. The two-year (with summer sessions) 60-student, low-residency program features classes, workshops, talks, and mentorship opportunities designed to immerse students in comics and begin to build an academic base for their study. It looks really cool.

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Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 by Allison Byers

Like her peers, Cathrine Veikos, chair of the interior design department at California College of the Arts (CCA), says students seek the ability to work with other disciplines—to engage lighting, acoustics, communication and interaction, exhibition and display.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 by Jim Norrena

MFA Program in Writing and Writing and Literature Program chair Aimee Phan, author of The Reeducation of Cherry Truong and We Should Never Meet, was featured today in "Motherload: Adventures in Parenting," a New York Times blog that "covers it all -- homework, sex, child care, eating habits, sports, technology, the work-family balance, and much more."

Her piece, "The Price of Urban Family Living," is a response -- one might say reaction -- to the recently released figures by the Economic Policy Institute that prescribe what income is necessary to live modestly.

Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

Sculptural works by Nathan Lynch, who chairs the ceramics department at California College of the Arts, are highly enjoyable. They consist of piles: one of wood pieces, their ends painted so they resemble giant matchsticks; others of brilliantly colored clay or glazed porcelain bulbs as visually enticing as they are unsettlingly organic-looking (larvae come to mind).

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Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Rachel Walther

When you first enter Enlightenment Room (2008), an immersive environment artwork by Jewelry / Metal Arts faculty member Nick Dong, nothing happens. You walk down a short, mirrored corridor in semi-darkness to a gray cushioned seat that faces the entrance.

But the moment you sit down, light begins to fill the space, and thousands of white, oval tiles glisten into view. Ethereal music fills your ears. The light brightens, and the music intensifies. This experience can last a few minutes, or a few hours, depending on how long you remain seated . . . waiting. The moment you stand, the music and lights fade out.

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Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

Matt Silady wasn't into comics as a kid in Chicago until high school, when he gave in to a comic-book geek who'd been pushing Marvel's mutant superheroes on him. When he got to the last panel of his first X-Men, he immediately devoured the book again.

Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by Laura Braun

Denise Newman (San Francisco, California) is recommended for a grant of $12,500 to support the translation from Danish of a collection of short stories, Baboon, by Danish author Naja Marie Aidt.

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Posted on Friday, July 26, 2013 by Jim Norrena

MFA Program in Writing visiting scholar Ishmael Reed was recently featured on Speakeasy, the Wall Street Journal arts and entertainment blog.

Reed, author of The Free-Lance Pallbearers and Reckless Eyeballing, uses the recent media storm surrounding the controversial "not guilty" verdict of George Zimmerman (on trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida) to accentuate his own experience participating as part of a neighborhood watch team in the Bay Area.

In February, Reed's article "Neo-Classical Republicanism" was published in the New York Times Opinion Pages.

Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 by A. Will Brown

Fashion Design chair Amy Williams with student [photo: Jim Norrena]

"In the end, sometimes clothes are just clothes."

So says CCA Fashion Design Program chair Amy Williams, in her typically unassuming manner, despite the fact that she's been ahead of the curve for years, both as an educator and as a designer.

When asked about her career the first thing she says, as if to get it out of the way, is that she is "not famous," but after meeting her, one wonders, why not? She has all the intangibles, and carries herself with a deeply professional and confident air. Even more striking is her lack of pomp or undercutting competitive attitude -- qualities that so often accompany success.

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