Special Programs News

Posted on Friday, September 23, 2011 by Lindsey Lyons

Summer Study Abroad 2011: Iceland

The date is May 22, 2011, just one day before my flight to Iceland to join 13 other CCA graduate and undergraduate students for John Zurier's three-week Iceland: Reykjavik and the Icelandic West study-abroad course. We'll spend three days exploring Reykjavik, followed by two weeks on a remote farm on the Snaefellsness Peninsula, then three more days in Reykjavik.

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Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Cory Gunter Brown and Cassidy Hope Wright founded The Moon, a self-described "slow fashion" boutique and design studio in 2007

This is the first installment in a series of artist profiles that depicts CCA's connection to the Oakland Art Murmur -- in particular to 25th Street in downtown Oakland, where in almost any given gallery, shop, or studio, artists from California College of the Arts are making their living in the arts. Collectively, they are changing the cultural landscape of Oakland, elevating its reputation as one of today’s most talked-about art scenes.

Earlier this summer, while walking along 25th Street between Broadway and Telegraph avenues in downtown Oakland, I found myself appreciating a discernible shift in the neighborhood's appearance. It used to be only abandoned warehouses and defunct automotive repair shops comprised the city blocks in this area (the result of 1989's Loma Prieta earthquake, which took its toll on an already economically depressed downtown Oakland).

Yet now, slowly, one by one, this same area seems to be the impetus for an appreciable spate of creative businesses and artist live/work spaces.

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Posted on Thursday, March 10, 2011 by Carol Pitts

MH: History of Illustration

Instructor: Randy Chavez
SF / ILLUS–360–01 / 15 sessions
Prerequisite: English 1, Intro to Mod Art, Foundations in Critical Studies
June 6–July 11 (no class 7/4), MWTH, 6–9 p.m.

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Posted on Friday, March 4, 2011 by Carol Pitts

Film Workshop: Collaborative Production

Instructor: Etienne Kallos
SF / FILMS–270–01 / 15 sessions
Prerequisite: none
August 1–19, MTWTHF, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Film making is one of the most collaborative of art practices, and this is perhaps most conspicuously evident in the hierarchical, industrial production models used by Hollywood. But new technologies have opened up exciting new possibilities for creating a film, from the "lone-gun filmmaker" to more dynamic and inclusive forms of collaboration.

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Posted on Friday, February 25, 2011 by Sarah Owens

Pre-College takes place on CCA's Oakland campus View slideshow 

Now celebrating its 25th year, CCA's Pre-College Program, administered by the Office of Special Programs, has a long-standing tradition of combining an art college experience with world-class art instruction.

Pre-College students are immersed in art education, yet also steeped in real-world college life—a unique and rewarding combination of benefits that truly makes a student’s transition to college life more successful.

Academic Rigor + Social Engagement

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Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2011 by Carol Pitts

aerial view of Athens

HYDRA CITIES: Athens, Greece

Studio at CCA: May 23–27, 2011 [1 week]

In Greece: May 30– June 10, 2011 [2 weeks]

Instructor: Nataly Gattegno (CCA eLAB)


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Posted on Monday, February 7, 2011 by Carol Pitts


May 23–June 10, 2011

Instructor: Claudia Bernardi

Claudia Bernardi will hold information sessions on her course:
Monday, February 14, 3:15–4 p.m.
SF campus, GC2
Wednesday, February 16, 3:15–3:45 p.m.
Oakland campus, B Building 1


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Posted on Saturday, January 8, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Hey, there's a CCA app for that! [Photo: Jim Norrena]

CCA Graphic Design lecturer Nathan Manousos recently taught the "iPhone App UI Design" course within the college's fall Extended Education program. It is the college's first-ever iPhone app–focused course, and the successful student projects reveal a wealth of effective iPhone design as well as prove user-interface technological skills are plentiful here within the college's own community.

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