Special Programs News

Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2017 by Laura Braun

By the time Lily Williams (Animation 2014) reached high school, she already had a game plan.

“I have really wanted to work in animation since I was about 10. Now it’s a popular career choice -people see it everywhere and they want to work on these big movies. I had the same idea,” says Williams.

Raised in California, a thriving hub of animation studios, Williams got to work on her dream career by reaching out to Sony Pictures Animation when she was just a high school student.

The company obliged by carving out an internship suitable for the young artist, and the relationship proved to be mutually beneficial for years to come.

Posted on Saturday, October 1, 2016 by Jim Norrena

For animation to be successful all components must come together -- character development, sketches and illustrations, sequence storyboarding -- but it’s the magic of storytelling that matters most.

This is a belief that both Pixar Animation Studios, creator of acclaimed animated feature and short films for over 25 years, and the Animation Program at California College of the Arts share.

Posted on Monday, June 8, 2015 by Laura Kenney

Robert Morrison

I’m a local, born and raised in Oakland. Pretty much everyone I grew up with was interested in one of two things: sports or being a rapper. But my interests went in a different direction: art.

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love Disney films. Seeing The Lion King for the first time, I was infatuated with how realistic and relatable the characters were. I began mimicking my favorite ones on paper, from Simba to SpongeBob, and creating new ones of my own.

Drawing consumed me. I spent all of my time filling pages with character designs and ideas.

Luckily, my parents realized just how passionate I was and put me in all kinds of art and animation programs. Every summer, I had something to do.

Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

On a crystal-clear June evening in summer 2013, the sun is setting in Marfa, Texas, and a dozen CCA students -- together with a dozen more students from two art schools in the Netherlands -- are settling into the evening rhythms of their tent city.

The tents are cozily nestled in the courtyard of a former officer’s club, long abandoned by the US military. Elsewhere in the building complex, an old bar has been converted into an ad hoc Internet lounge. A spookily empty ballroom houses a broken-down old piano. The kitchen has accommodated the making of many a communal dinner.

Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Carol Pitts

CCA is pleased to announce the fifth summer of our Urban Mobility Program on the San Francisco campus.

Our summer 2014 frame-building courses are scheduled to meet in the evenings and on weekends to accommodate participants' work schedules.

Enrollment is limited to 8 students.

Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 by Carol Pitts

Animation Production: A Team Approach

Instructors: Art Director: Nate Fredenberg; Director: Jimmy Almedia; Director: Tom Gibbons; Course Coordinator: Rick Vertolli
Prerequisite: ANIMA 200 (Animation 2), ANIMA 320 (3D Animation 2), and instructor approval
May 20-June 14, Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Film making is a collaborative process! Students need more than an understanding of the principles of animation. They must be able to work together as a team member in a studio environment.

Posted on Monday, January 28, 2013 by Carol Pitts

Prada, Marfa (Photo courtesy of Lizette Kapre, Ballroom Marfa, and the Art Production Fund)

The following course was held in summer 2013. Complete information for Summer Study Abroad 2014 will be posted (dates, descriptions, pricing) by December 20, 2014.

This three-week fieldwork studio in Marfa, Texas, seeks to expand contemporary discourses on social practices and politics in art. It offers a unique opportunity for students to gain an understanding of the dynamics of art in public spaces and its impact on communities.

Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by Carol Pitts

Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an

This three-week studio intensive explores the cultural, political, and intellectual capitols of China, focusing on the urban landscape of Beijing and Xi’an as a research subject.

China: Rendition, Veracity, and Deceit

Cultural Studies and Studio Intensive in Beijing and Xi’an China

July 22-August 9, 2013

Instructors: Christopher Loomis with Judy Wu

Information Sessions

Monday, March 11, 3:15–3:45 p.m.
Oakland campus, B Building 1

Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Carol Pitts

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This course is a collaboration with Herekeke, a nonprofit arts organization located on a private ranch in the remote community of Lama, New Mexico, 20 miles north of Taos.

New Mexico: Lama Mountain Ranch / Sustainability Through Creative Practice

Instructor: Jeff Gibson
August 5-19, 2013

Much of Lama Mountain Ranch’s 100 acres is under conservation easements with the American Farmland Trust; it hosts a variety of public programs exploring ideas of sustainability, from a free summer camp to a community farm, and ranch animals.

Lama enjoys wide-open vistas and dramatic mountain weather at 8,000 feet in elevation in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the southern reaches of the Rocky Mountains.

Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Carol Pitts

Ex-Hacienda Guadalupe, where the project takes place with "Tlacuache," one of the hacienda's five dogs

In colonial Oaxaca -- the heartland of mezcal, art, and the best food in Mexico -- studio participants collaborate with artisans and students from other art schools in Mexico and abroad, using play as a creative strategy.

For over 10 years this experimental workshop has been creating relationships between artists and designers from all over the world with craftspeople in the Oaxaca valley.

The results have been so successful that in 2014 they will be showcased in shows at the Museum of Art and Design in New York and the Museo de Arte Popular in Mexico City.

Interdisciplinary Studio: Oaxaca, Mexico

Instructor: Raul Cabra
June 1-23, 2013