Undergraduate Admissions News

Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2016 by Shiraz Chavan

Global outreach allows CCA to offer an arts education enriched with cultures

CCA might be closer to you than you think! CCA's Admissions Office representatives will be in the Middle East, Asia, Switzerland, Canada, and Central and South America this fall 2017.

View our travel schedule below and take this opportunity to make an appointment to have your portfolio reviewed and ask about our admissions requirements.

Contact the appropriate representative (below) to schedule a one-on-one appointment.

Note: We highly encourage you to RSVP for events as they fill up quickly.

Posted on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 by Laura Kenney

Textiles are my life, not only because of my cultural heritage but due to my family background as well. My mother’s family has been making traditional Mexican cloth dolls for 40 years; I grew up in Mexico City surrounded by colorful fabrics and ribbons. I wanted to do art using the materials and techniques I was raised with: not design, not the textile industry. 

My dad is an actor, and he introduced me to the art world. He is a storyteller in his own way, and I guess that’s why I love stories so much; I think everyone has something interesting to say, and the use of narrative in my work is fundamental.

It is odd that even though we have a rich textile culture in Mexico, there’s no program focused on textiles seen as fine art. I was very disappointed and thought about studying something else after high school, but my mom said that I needed to expand my search and look for other schools outside the country.

I was thrilled to discover CCA, and I’ve been very happy here—it has been a whole new experience, and the Textiles Program is amazing.

 

 

 

 

Posted on Monday, November 16, 2015 by Jim Norrena

California College of the Arts devotes a significant amount to student scholarships. In fact, two out of three undergraduates receive scholarship support of some kind, averaging $18,744 per student.

We firmly believes an excellent art and design education is made possible with the inclusion of diverse persons and perspectives on campus. Financial barriers should not prevent any talented, committed student from enrolling at CCA.

To achieve this goal, CCA dedicates significant institutional resources to need-based aid, with the highest fundraising priority being the scholarship fund.

 

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.

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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 Friday, February 6, 2015 by Jim Norrena

CCA's Oakland campus

Editor's note: CCA Graphic Design associate professor David Asari met with Art.College.Life blogger Elaine Pelz, who highlighted the benefits of a CCA education at artcollegelife.com.
 

Posted on Friday, August 8, 2014 by Jim Norrena

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Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 by Chris Bliss

CCA's Annual Career Expo helps students and alumni launch their careers

“Leadership and problem solving can be applied to every facet in life, and that is what arts training at CCA is. Progressive.”

This is one of several positive comments from CCA alumni who participated in the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) 2012 survey.

The SNAAP survey results were released in a recent report that details findings from more than 65,000 arts alumni of all ages from 120 institutions in the United States and Canada.

Posted on Monday, July 29, 2013 by Shiraz Chavan

CCA might be closer to you than you think! Our Admission Office representatives will be in South America, Mexico, Asia, Turkey, and Canada this fall.

Review our travel schedule below, then schedule an appointment to have your portfolio reviewed and receive answers to your questions about CCA's admission requirements.

Email the corresponding CCA Admissions staff person to schedule a one-on-one appointment where you live.

Please note: We highly encourage you to RSVP early as events fill up quickly.

Posted on Monday, July 16, 2012 by Shiraz Chavan

CCA might be closer to you than you think! Assistant Director of International Admissions Shiraz Chavan will travel through Mexico, South America, Canada, Asia, and Turkey in fall 2012. Meet with her for a portfolio review or to ask questions about CCA's international admissions process.

Schedule a one-on-one appointment now for when Shiraz visits your city (see schedule below).

Please note: We highly encourage you to RSVP as events fill up quickly.

Posted on Friday, October 28, 2011 by Chris Bliss

(l to r) CCA alumni Daniel Gonzales (Animation 2010); Sage Matthews (Fashion Design 2007); and Kelly Puleio (Photography 2010)

CCA is rated as the #4 Bay Area institution for yielding the highest-paying jobs, according to PayScale, a compensation data company, in its 2011-12 College Salary Report. The annual report ranks undergraduate degrees and schools by postgraduation salary potential. Statewide, CCA ranked 11th and was the top art and design college on the list. (The three Bay Area schools in the report that ranked higher than CCA were Stanford University, Santa Clara University, and University of California, Berkeley.)

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