For the aspiring artist with a high tolerance for student debt, there’s nowhere quite like San Francisco. We’re home to a holy trinity of art schools in the San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, and Academy of Art University, which every year collectively release more than 3,000 students into the art-world wilds.
Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 by Laura Braun
Posted on Friday, May 6, 2016 by Lindsey Westbrook
It was a moment of jubilation--but definitely no rest for the weary designers who’d created them--when the massive S-F-M-O-M-A letters went up first on the facade of the new Snøhetta expansion, then on the Botta edifice, of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
The reopening of the museum this week after three years of closure is significant for the city, to be sure, but it is profoundly special to the designers, many of them CCA alumni, who masterminded the new graphic identity that visually ties together everything about the new museum experience.
It is highly unusual for institutions of this size to consider redesigning their identities in-house, but it was a leap SFMOMA -- a museum with a long track record of excellence in design -- was willing to make.
“It made sense that my team could and should take this on given the respect that our work has earned us in the institution and in the field,” notes SFMOMA Design Director Jennifer Sonderby (MFA Design 2002).
Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2016 by Jeremy Joan Hewes
Michael Wertz (left) and Thomas Wojak
The Illustrated Poster is part of a number of interdisciplinary courses at CCA. Taught jointly by Printmaking chair Thomas Wojak and Illustration faculty member Michael Wertz, this studio combines an exploration of the screen printing process with the use of images, type, and color to convey ideas in poster form.
Wertz recalls that he originated the course in 2013 “because I love screen printing and believe that it has great potential for both illustrators and printmakers, and I wanted to create an illustration course based on this highly versatile printmaking method.”
Master printer Wojak readily agreed to collaborate in teaching the class; as he recalls, “I thought it was an exciting idea as well as a chance to expose more San Francisco campus students to our print program in Oakland.”
Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 by Laura Braun
Tim is a San Francisco-based designer, writer, and educator whose work for nonprofits and corporations has been recognized internationally by publications and museums. He teaches at California College of the Arts and is a board member at San Francisco Center for the Book. He’s worked as a Graphic Design Lead at Airbnb and a Communication Designer at Facebook. He was also the Principal Designer at their Analog Research Lab where he directed and designed projects reflecting/challenging Facebook's internal culture.
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 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.
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 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.
“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!"
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 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.