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Alum spotlight: Digital media scholar Dorothy Santos

Dorothy Santos (MA Visual + Critical Studies 2014) discusses how CCA graduate studies prepared her for a PhD in Film and Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz.
Dorothy Santos stands in the middle of a book shop with an archway above them, looking directly into the camera.

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Silver Linings Series

An archive of projects, stories, events, and updates from our campus on the cloud.
Playa del Rey, CA, 5:30 pm PST, February 13, 2021. By Haley Caranto, admitted student.

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Legendary designer Sir Jony Ive’s advice for the 2021 graduating class

“My encouragement is to be committed and proactive in caring for that deep, creative part of yourself that is easily overlooked.”
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In Memoriam: Arthur Gensler, 1935–2021

For 11 years as a trustee and four as board chair, Arthur Gensler (1935–2021) championed the role of art and design education as an engine for cultural and economic vitality.
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Sustaining change

A growing community of Design students are leveraging their course assignments and thesis projects to express a sense of care and concern for the planet.
Eryn Bathke, Terra Cards.

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Design pedagogy for collective work

The Design division explores three different educational opportunities at CCA that transcend individual learning through teamwork.
Assistant Professor Juan Carlos Rodriguez Rivera (center) teaches his Decolonization & Design course in 2019.

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CCA’s 2021 gala auction opens to public bidding on Friday, May 7

The silent online auction features 19 artworks and custom experiences, including works by Viola Frey, David Maisel, Robert Motherwell, Manuel Neri, Terry St. John, Wayne Thiebaud, and Lava Thomas.
Viola Frey (BFA Ceramics 1956), Untitled, 1987. Ceramic, 26 x 26 inches.

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High expectations

Renowned artist Jim Campbell has been working with Lynn Marie Kirby and Jeanne Finley's students since 2019, giving them the opportunity to showcase their art at astounding heights.
San Francisco’s skyline at night, featuring Zihan Jia and Yiqing Sun’s Zoom-inspired film on Salesforce Tower.

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Student spotlight: Melissa Rodriguez

From Colombia, to California, to Fashion Design 3, Melissa Rodriguez (BFA Individualized Studies 2022) shares the art-inspired journey that helped her find a new definition of home.
Mixed media collage shows a young Melissa Rodriguez holding an American and Colombian flag standing on top of a suitcase.

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CCA commencement traditions

From the tam and gown’s little-known origins to a particularly relevant Honorary Doctorate address, these stories behind the college’s commencement quirks are so CCA.
Two students in tams and gowns blow bubbles at the camera.

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Rolling deep with the Earth

Faculty came together to start a new school at CCA—the E-school, an environmental justice collaboration across divisions that topples figureheads and centers frontline communities.
Bartertown game in play, 2019.

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Four graduating Architecture and Interior Design students named among top 100 in North America

New Metropolis Future 100 list recognizes Conor Daly, Maria Antonieta Ramirez, Navya Sharad, and Valeriya Velyka among top grads.
Valeriya Velyka (BArch 2021), VR Volume, fall 2019.

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Alum spotlight: Writer Julie Lythcott-Haims (MFA Writing 2016)

The bestselling author discusses her book Your Turn: How to Be an Adult and offers sage advice for writing—and adulting—through life’s inevitable growing pains.
Julie Lythcott-Haims stands in the doorway of a small wood-paneled writing studio decorated in quotes, bunting, and posters.

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CCA is designated a Voter Friendly Campus

A group of students, faculty, and staff found creative ways to encourage our community to vote during an entirely remote semester.
A hand holds up newsprint that says “VOTE” to a window on CCA’s campus.

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You got into art college. Now what?

From exploring current student work to learning about first-year programs, here’s our best advice on how to choose between colleges.
A person in a white shirt sits on a red convertible’s trunk, overlooking the horizon. The sun sets in the right-hand corner.

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Monuments—Must Change continues CCA’s dialogue around community engagement and the roles and responsibilities of artists

The panel features artists Karyn Olivier and Jeffrey Gibson, whose work radically reconsiders notions of permanence and endurance in the public sphere.
Jeffrey Gibson, Because Once You Enter My House It Becomes Our House, 2020. Socrates Sculpture Park.

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Graduate alumni Diedrick Brackens and Lauren O’Connell discuss ark of the bulrushes

The exhibition at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art introduces new work by Diedrick Brackens (MFA Fine Arts 2014), curated by Lauren O’Connell (MA Curatorial Practice 2014).
Diedrick Brackens: blessed are the mosquitos, 2020, woven cotton and acrylic yarn, 82 by 79 inches. Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, and Various Small Fires, Los Angeles.

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Ceramics tools help today’s makers push their discipline in inventive new directions

While some ceramics tools are ancient, others are waiting in unexpected places—like your kitchen cabinet. Three makers share their favorite tools.
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Faculty spotlight: Grammy nominee Rob Epstein

At the 2021 awards, Professor Epstein’s documentary Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice competes for Best Music Film. We quizzed him on the legendary Linda, his favorite sounds, and more.
Movie poster for the film Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, with the musician standing at the microphone with her head turned.

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Why live on campus in a residence hall?

If you’re debating whether dorm life is right for you, here are three reasons why living on campus could enhance your art and design college experience.
Students mingle outside in the courtyard of Founders Hall, a white building with red gridwork.
Portrait of David Owens-Hill.

David Owens-Hill

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