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Posted on Monday, May 11, 2015 by Laura Braun

Students from the California College of the Arts drew many of the plans. Architecture student Blake Stevenson named his design “The Lifted Garden.” It shows a terraced garden angled over a new in-law unit, which Stevenson imagines placing in the backyard of a two-story house.

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Posted on Friday, May 8, 2015 by Laura Braun

Indeed, the classroom drives much of their work and fuels their passion. Both are born educators who strive to make memorable points to the graphic design students at California College of the Arts (CCA). Talking about their own work might lead to a discussion of Gustav Stickley's views of Victorian furniture, the radical prints of Sister Mary Corita Kent or a history of the Russian constructivists.

Posted on Thursday, May 7, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Friends and family encouraged to join!
Please join the CCA Pride Parade contingent Sunday, June 28, as faculty, staff, students, and alumni march in the 45th annual San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Parade, described as the "largest gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation."
Equality Without Exception is the theme, and we're thrilled to represent CCA and show just how much pride the college has for its diverse community.
We want you and your family to join us!

Posted on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 by Laura Kenney

Haisu Tian, "Blood Land Line" (inline skates, Xuan paper, ink), 2015

San Francisco, Calif., May 5, 2015 -- California College of the Arts will present its 2015 MFA Thesis Exhibition from Thursday, May 14, through Saturday, May 23, at its San Francisco campus (1111 Eighth Street; open daily, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.). There will be an opening reception on Thursday, May 14, 6–10 p.m., and a special “Stage and Screen” event (featuring works in video and performance) on Thursday, May 21, 5–7 p.m. The exhibition and accompanying events are all free and open to the public.

Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015 by Laura Kenney

Ming & Khen Soh pose with Ming's 32-pound king salmon

The following exchange between Wai Khen Soh and Wai Ming Soh -- twin brothers and each an Illustration major -- appears in the spring 2015 edition of Glance, the college magazine, as part of the How We Got Here series.


Ming: I started thinking about my next course of action in life while I was serving my mandatory service in the Singapore Armed Forces. I had taken a diploma in digital media design in a polytechnic (which is like American community college) prior to my enlistment.

I asked myself: Shall I embark on work, or further my studies? Whatever path I pursued, I wanted to do the same thing as my twin brother, Khen, as it would be cool to see a pair of twins in the same profession.

Khen: It’s nice seeing brothers face tribulations side by side, especially when they have the same faces! Like most twins, we are always tearing at each other’s throats, only to give the other a friendly pat on the back when the going gets tough.

Also like most twins, we have similar interests. Drawing and creating stories are passions going way back to our childhood. It helped that our parents were encouraging.

I went to a polytechnic, too, and took a diploma in graphic design, and while the education was invaluable, I felt more interested in drawing and painting narratives. So we decided to take an undergraduate program in illustration together.

Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2015 by Jim Norrena

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Project M is a program designed to inspire and educate young designers, writers, photographers, and filmmakers by proving that their work -- especially their wrongest thinking -- can have a positive and significant impact on the world.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 by Laura Braun

Featuring original collections by 13 senior designers, judged by industry pros, and showcased by professional models, this fashion-forward presentation reinforces why it's become a staple in the college's lineup of annual events. Ogle fresh new collections from the edge of the catwalk, and enjoy a preshow mingle over wine and hors d'oeuvres with faculty, students, and industry partners with a VIP Ticket. Doors open to general admission at 7:30pm.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 by Laura Braun

Haisu is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute and is currently studying at the California College of the Arts. She recently became inspired by her favorite sport, ice-skating, and created Landskating. This involves painting landscapes with ink and inline skates, drastically changing the traditional style of ink landscaping.

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Posted on Monday, April 20, 2015 by Laura Braun

These pre-fab pads at 38 Harriet—leased by the California College of the Arts for exclusive use by students—maximize space with a freestanding “TableBed” that converts from a queen-size bed to a dining-room table for six. Slim window seats double as storage cubbies. Green touches are apparent in the design (bamboo floors, eco-friendly carpet tiles) and functionality (solar water heating, rainwater harvesting, low-flow fixtures). A City CarShare facility is on site.

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Posted on Monday, April 20, 2015 by Laura Braun

Curated by students of the Curatorial Studies program at the California College of the Arts, this compact, well-considered gathering of work across many media byMartin Wong is a marvel of what the small-scale and seemingly ephemeral can communicate. The artist, who died in 1999 of complications from AIDS, was moderately recognized in his own lifetime, but has been experiencing a recent escalation of attention, peaking perhaps in Julie Ault’s curation of some of his work into the 2014 Whitney Biennial.