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 Friday, February 5, 2016 by Laura Braun
Posted on Friday, February 5, 2016 by Laura Braun
California College of the Arts (CCA) educates students to shape culture and society through the practice and critical study of art, architecture, design, and writing. Founded in 1907, the college currently offers 22 undergraduate and 13 graduate programs to its nearly 2000 students. Graphic design students at CCA learn how to engage the mind and the senses by translating ideas into provocative forms and powerful experiences. They identify problems and find solutions that move people to think, feel, and act.
Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 by Laura Braun
Ivan Cash teaches in CCA's Graphic Design Program. He is a San Francisco-based interactive artist and filmmaker who’s collaborated with Airbnb, Facebook, L’Oreal and Toyota. He created Snailmail My Email, an annual worldwide community art project where volunteers write and send out strangers’ emails through the post office. Cash got his start selling hand-printed t-shirts outside Madison Square Garden during college.
Posted on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 by Jim Norrena
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 Tuesday, November 24, 2015 by Laura Braun
One of the mantras of CCA’s Secret Project is, “If your dream can be accomplished in your lifetime, you aren’t thinking big enough.” Perhaps that’s why second year Interaction Design student Weiwei Hsu hit the ground running after just a few experiences with the project.
Led by award-winning designer and faculty member John Bielenberg, Secret Project is a cross-departmental effort that puts CCA’s “make art that matters” motto into motion. Through a class and a series of blitzes, Secret Project aims to inspire problem solving and diverse thinking via rapid prototyping using existing resources. The program launched in 2014 with a string of workshops that soon attracted something of a following.
“During the last academic year, John and I were running these ‘blitz’ workshops. We did six to eight of them and Weiwei and her friends always showed up. They were awesome. They always came and gave it their all,” says Marc O’Brien, Graphic Design adjunct professor and co-captain of Secret Project.
Hsu’s first experience with Secret Project was a blitz in East Palo Alto partnering with Google, where participants brainstormed ways of encouraging community interactions to create a safer environment.
Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 by Laura Braun
To a design purist, San Francisco’s flag is all kinds of wrong. Dating from 1900 and featuring a phoenix rising from a crown of flames (a reference to the city’s recovery from the fires of the 1850s), it violates more than a few rules of good flag design. Roman Mars, host of the culty design podcast “99% Invisible,” is so bothered by our flag that he devoted a good portion of his TED talk earlier this year to dissecting it. “The phoenix doesn’t work,” he declares.
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2015 by Laura Braun
Pinder, who also is dean of the UNM College of Fine Arts, and Karen Fiss, a professor at the California College of Arts, worked on pulling together the exhibit for the past year.
Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by Laura Braun
"Generally, it's cleaner, but by being cleaner and simpler, it's lost some of its distinction," said Angie Wang, a professor who teaches typography at California College of the Arts. "In simplifying, they've sort of eradicated the humanistic tendencies. Is that good or bad? It depends on what they're trying to achieve."
Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 by Shiraz Chavan
Global outreach allows CCA to offer an arts education enriched with cultures
CCA might be closer to you than you think! CCA's Admissions Office representatives will be in the Middle East, Asia, Turkey, Canada, and Central and South America this fall.
View our travel schedule below and take this opportunity to make an appointment to have your portfolio reviewed and ask about our admissions requirements.
Contact the appropriate representative (below) to schedule a one-on-one appointment.
Note: We highly encourage you to RSVP for events as they fill up quickly.
Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 by Laura Braun
Tim Belonax is a man of letters and a man of books. He is a designer, writer, and design educator. Currently, he is graphic design lead at Airbnb where he works with design teams to craft the company’s global brand narrative. Concurrently, he is a Senior Lecturer at California College of the Arts (CCA), where he teaches graphic design.