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Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 by Allison Byers

The California College of the Arts 2012 Graduate Fashion Show was in full celebratory mood on May 11, 2012 at its San Francisco campus, 1111 8th St. Once again, the proud tent hosting “the best street level runway show” was filled with supportive, exuberant friends, families, and fashion lovers. It truly felt like a giant big, warm family (and I was so happy to see Cynthia & Simon from Style Wylde again!!!!).

Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2012 by Allison Byers

MFA thesis exhibitions, though often overcrowded, are always abuzz with the excitement of eager, budding talent. This year's presentation at California College of the Arts, up through May 19, 2012, is no different. There are over four-dozen artists in the show, each ranging wildly in style, medium, and conceptual aims; selecting a half-dozen thesis students to highlight is no easy task. I can assure, at the very least, that in this bustling and ambitious show, there is something for everyone.

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Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 by Allison Byers

The 2012 California College of the Arts post-graduate exhibitions featured artworks by nearly 50 MFA artists graduating this spring, as well as post-graduate students in Architecture and Design programs. Unfolding throughout CCA’s San Francisco campus, the MFA Exhibition is just a single part of a year-end celebration that includes thesis exhibitions by seven CCA graduate programs such as the Baccalaureate Exhibition, featuring works by students graduating from the 21 undergraduate programs and the Annual Fashion Show.

Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 by Allison Byers

Using ballooning skirts and rigid armor, graduating seniors of the California College of the Arts’ fashion design program stretched the standard proportions of normal apparel silhouettes to sculptural forms.

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Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 by Allison Byers

A student-to-student mentoring effort known as the Athena Project has just finished its spring semester session, held over 10 weeks in the Peralta Hacienda Historical Park in Oakland's Fruitvale District.
Sponsored by the California College of the Arts, the Athena Project brings together 12 juniors and seniors from the college with a group of middle school-age students in grades six through eight from the United for Success Academy, a short walking distance from the park.

Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 by Jim Norrena

Plan Ahead -- Limited Summer Schedule

The Career Development Office is undergoing a metamorphosis! Learn more about career advising (June only) and other summer support for currently enrolled students and recent graduates (May 2012).

While help with the student job board, résumés, and cover letters is available throughout the summer, one-on-one career advising services are available during June only.

No career advising will be offered in July; and only limited advising in August.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 by Allison Byers

Water scarcity in the U.S. west may seem like a problem that affects western residents alone, but where the national food supply is concerned, the consequences of a water crisis spread quickly in all directions. The San Joaquin Valley is the most productive agricultural region in the world, according to a Reuters data report on California agriculture and water supply. The state produces “over half of U.S. fruits, nuts and vegetables and over 90 percent of U.S. almonds, artichokes, avocados, broccoli and processing tomatoes,” and is the nation’s largest dairy supplier.

Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012 by Allison Byers

Impressive effort, is a phrase that is often banded about when describing the work in student shows. Frequently it is used to describe the raw talent, if not 100% polished execution that one associates with a non-professional collection. But for the CCA Class of 2012 Senior Runway Show, which took place in San Francisco on Friday night, impressive effort doesn't begin to cover it.

Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 by Allison Byers

Jon Rubin had an important question, and he knew where to find the answer: at the North Korean Embassy in Cuba, which he was visiting in March on a business trip.

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Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 by Bob Aufuldish

Liz Tran, Bob Aufuldish, Nathanael Cho, and Deborah Lao

Sputnik is CCA's in-house, award-winning undergraduate design studio. Sputnik is a unique model that simulates (and in many ways certainly is) a typical professional client/agency relationship, where the client is a CCA staff member with a project, and the agency is Sputnik. Graphic Design faculty member Bob Aufuldish has been the faculty advisor for Sputnik since its inception in 1995.

Aufuldish has taught at CCA since 1991. In 1990 he cofounded the graphic design studio Aufuldish & Warinner. He has designed diverse projects for such clients as Adobe, Advent Software, the American Institute of Architects, the Center for Creative Photography, the Denver Art Museum, Emigre, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 1995 he launched the digital type foundry fontBoy to manufacture and distribute his fonts.

Here he talks to Nathanael Cho, Deborah Lao, and Liz Tran, all current Sputnik students, about the Sputnik experience. The interview was part of an exhibition-making advanced studio course led by Jon Sueda, in which the three were enrolled in spring 2012.

How did the idea for CCA's student-staffed, in-house design studio come about?

In 1995, the CCA board committee overseeing publicity was reviewing all the stuff the college was publishing. The chair of that committee was a former advertising agency person, and he said, "This stuff is terrible. We need to do something about this." At the time, the college didn't have the resources to hire people to design everything and manage all the projects that needed to go out.

David Meckel (now CCA's director of research and planning) knew I had gone to a school that had an in-house graphic design studio staffed by students. I told him what that program was like, and we decided to start something like it here. In the beginning, it was myself working with CCA vice president for communications Chris Bliss and two students, Eric Heiman and Nadine Stellavato. We didn't do a lot of work -- just a few projects here and there. This is because people were a bit skeptical about a group of students being able to pull off important projects. My attitude always was: All you need to do is point students in the right direction, and they'll do great work. I was right!

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