Special Programs News

Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Carol Pitts

Japan | In Search of Emptiness & Wabi Sabi

Instructor: Doug Akagi

SF Campus: May 21 & 23
Japan: May 29–June 12, 2013
SF Campus: July 11 & August 8


This course is a journey of discovery - documenting dichotomies, synergies and juxtapositions, and experiencing the power of the old and the shock of the new. Participants explore Japan’s present day capital, Tokyo, and its ancient capital, Kyoto (from 794-1868 CE), discovering, recording, and interpreting examples of traditional Japanese aesthetic values and their modern day manifestations.

Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Carol Pitts

Babylon Kino in Mitte district

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

Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Carol Pitts

Many visitors to Iceland begin and end their trip in the warm mineral water of the Blue Lagoon, near Keflavík airport.

This course concentrates on the relationship of nature to creativity and art. Open to all disciplines and to both graduates and undergraduates who have completed their sophomore level, this three-week intensive immerses students in the nature and culture of Iceland and offers insight and practice in how to travel and document those experiences for use in future projects.

ICELAND: Reykjavic and the Icelandic West

Instructor: John Zurier
May 20–June 10, 2013

Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Carol Pitts

Paris squat. Paris has a long history of street art and some very creative expressions.


Instructor: Erik Adigard, with Laurence Arcadias
July 22–August 9 (August 9–22 / exploration of Paris)


Big cities naturally tend toward entropy, but great cities adapt through great design. Urban culture is all that happens between these two notions. This is what we will explore in one of the world’s most beautiful yet complex cities.

Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012 by Carol Pitts

Graffiti, New York

Open to all visual artists, graduate and undergraduate, this three-week studio course set in New York is open to the discussion of interdisciplinary art practices with an emphasis on contemporary dialogues around painting.

New York Studio

Instructor: Linda Geary
June 10–28, 2013

Visiting artists: TBA
(visiting artists in 2012: Tony Feher, Eric Sall, Alex Hubbard, Katie Bell, Jeff Gibson, Rachel Hayes, Hudson, Lauren Luloff, Kate Shepard, Eric Sall, Wendy White, and B Wurtz)

Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 by Carol Pitts

Urs Fisher at the Arsenale, Venice Biennal 2011

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

This interdisciplinary course examines the art, culture, and everyday life of Italy, while providing students an opportunity to work in the medium of their choice. The course traces Italian art and culture from the Renaissance to present day as well as contemporary international art hosted in the many museums designed by world famous architects in Rome and Venice.

Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2012 by Victoria Deblassie

Victoria DeBlassie at the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, summer 2010

This is a story by CCA alumna Victoria DeBlassie (MFA 2011) recounting her study-abroad trip to Italy in summer 2010. It inspired her to apply for a Fulbright grant to return to Italy, which was accepted!

Learn more about CCA's study-abroad programs, hosted by the Office of Special Programs.

Tuesday, July 14, 2010: I'd been traveling throughout Italy for more than a month and had just arrived in Rome. My eyes, heavy from the long trip from Venice and the dense summer heat, glanced at the marquee of the building where I was staying, one floor of which was the Lilium Hotel. I did a double-take when I saw the neighboring proprietor's name: Di Blasi, the original Italian version of my own last name!

Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 by Allison Byers

The work of Social Practice is on the rise, but compared to the traditional art world news of auction prices and gallery openings, it doesn’t seem to be receiving as much online attention. Institutions such as California College of the Arts, Portland State University, Otis College of Art, The Queens Museum of Art, Creative Time and more have come to emphasis this quietly growing field, but many news sources are slow to the show and struggle with representing the immersive projects.

Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 by Ace Lehner

From August 3 to 5, approximately 30 students will present their work at CCA's "School to Market" booth at the American Craft Council Show at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco.

With more than 230 of the top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home-decor artists from across the country, this is the largest juried craft show west of the Rockies, providing an unparalleled opportunity for students to exhibit their fine art and functional craft works in a high-profile venue.

Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 by Allison Byers

John Waters' reputation precedes him -- and we bet that gives him no end of glee. The Baltimore native featured the plentiful drag queen Divine in many of his early features, and he took on topics such as baby farms, an adult who lives in a playpen, and a competition between two people to be the most disgusting human on the planet. Waters makes San Francisco his home -- at least part time. He calls his residence in the city "the apartment that Hairspray bought me," referring to one of his biggest commercial successes.