Undergraduate Admissions News

Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 by Marion Anthonisen

Shoe prototype by Pre-College student Oscar Carl

“I reward daring,” says Industrial Design professor Jay Baldwin. “In my Pre-College class, you can get an A for something that flops as long as you know why it flopped.”

The CCA student body always looks a bit younger in July. For four weeks each summer, high school students from around the world (really!) descend gracefully onto our campuses to participate in college-level studio intensives through the Pre-College Program.

Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 by Marion Anthonisen

As an admissions counselor, I have the enjoyable task of reviewing lots of stellar applicant portfolios during the fall. It’s really fun to see this initial work transform over the course of a student’s CCA education.

So for others who love comparing the beginning with the end (well, not the real end), here’s a satisfying before-and-after post for you.

Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 by Marion Anthonisen

Kristin Olson, "The Bellowing"

Hi all! Here on the CCA admissions blog, summertime is our special opportunity to introduce you to a few recent CCA graduates and to share stories of awesome summer internships.

Let's start with the graduates: Kevin Krueger and Kristin Olson, who each graduated in 2011 from the Individualized Major Program, moved to San Francisco to attend CCA after meeting (and getting married!) in Santa Cruz.

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 by Marion Anthonisen

(still) $1Dollair presentation video

We’re all pretty excited about Interaction Design around here. Although the official launch of CCA's newest program is fall 2011, Interaction Design chair Kristian Simsarian taught “Introduction to Interaction Design” in the spring, treating us to a glimpse of what’s to come.

For the course’s final project, teams of student designers redesigned outdated airline user experiences; the resulting concepts were smart, diverse, and entertaining.

Posted on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 by Marion Anthonisen

Those of you with the cold-weather tolerance for snow sports have a couple options when headed to well-maintained slopes: You can choose equipment that’s easy to use; or go with gear that requires training.

Both options boast equal safety levels. The bummer is for boarders who want to explore untended backcountry powder, but don’t want to invest time and money in complicated training-required gear. There’s no option that’s both easy and safe.

Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 by Marion Anthonisen

Harry Griffin (Photography 2011) likes old movies. He’s inspired by the aesthetics and framing of cinematography, preferring to sequence his photographs from a cinematic point of view. While his pieces don’t evoke traditional narratives, bits of story line can be gathered from associations made between seemingly unrelated works. He's fascinated by “how disparate images work together in the world.”

Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 by Marion Anthonisen

You may remember first-year Tania Butterworth from our interview last fall, when we discussed adventurous artmaking, sources of inspiration, baked goods and, of course, the Skymall catalog.

Tania’s back on the blog this week, and we’ve got some of her artwork this time! This is a light installation Tania made in Sculpture 1.

Posted on Monday, March 7, 2011 by Marion Anthonisen

In its historical iterations, the tunnel book often resembled something like small-scale theater design. This sculptural art form still feels wonderfully theatrical, if you imagine the set emerging gracefully from the background to take center stage. To create these pieces, tunnel-book makers arrange a set of images into a dimensional scene and bind the pages with an accordion.

Posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 by Marion Anthonisen

Cianna Valley (Printmaking 2011) came to CCA from Hawaii intending to major in Graphic Design. After her her first-year experience with jewelry and bookmaking, she joined the fine arts division, where she’s been ever since.

Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 by Marion Anthonisen

The only collection of its kind at any art school in the country, the CCA Materials Library is an interdisciplinary space where students explore texture and engage imagination. Within its walls, fashion students envision constructing purses from heavy-duty conveyor belt textiles. Film students see high-performance sailcloth and imagine large-scale video projection screens. The idea is to inspire through tactile experimentation, and it's a pretty awesome place. Check out the video tour above. Many thanks to CCA alum Jake Sollins for taking us through the archive!