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Six things to know before starting your art college search

If you’re just beginning to search for art colleges, here are the most important things you need to know to evolve from art college newbie to an expert school researcher:

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Five of the best graphic design programs in the U.S.

Design is everywhere. From the Snapchat user interface to the billboards in Times Square, someone has used their mastery of visual language to tell a story, communicate a message, or inspire a response. Where can you earn the bachelor’s degree that will l

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Three truly amazing internships for art students

These internships at Nike, Pixar, and Intel held by recent CCA students became launchpads for their future careers.

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Three tips to get into the art school of your dreams

Improve your chances of being admitted to a top art and design college with these three suggestions.

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Four common mistakes made by art college applicants

Every little mistake on your application can risk giving admissions personnel the wrong impression about you, potentially sending you to the bottom of the list at your preferred schools. Here are the four most common college application mistakes, so you c

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CCA Cinema Visionaries: Laura Poitras

MFA and BFA film students hear from Laura Poitras, journalist and Academy Award-winning director, during CCA Cinema Visionaries, a yearly lecture series.

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How one alum uses his art degree to make a difference

Banker White’s art college odyssey took him from crafting giant drums, to making documentaries, to helping found a successful cooperative of multimedia artists in a recovering nation.

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Three simple questions can help you find the perfect art school

When researching art colleges, it's helpful to think ahead by asking yourself critical questions about what a sustainable practice looks like, where you'd like to live, and more.

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10 tips for finding scholarships for art schools

Here are tips for finding scholarships for art school, which can help offset art degree costs.

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Illustration or Graphic Design: Which is the best major for you?

While these majors have some similarities, they also have differences in their curriculum and job prospects. We've compared them in a few key areas to see how they stack up against each other.

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Six profitable careers you can get with an art school degree

Money isn't the main reason you're pursuing an art degree, but it matters, just like your art does. There's no reason you should have to choose between making a comfortable living and working in a fulfilling job: there are plenty of exciting careers you c

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What can you do with an arts degree? Here are five amazing careers.

As a prospective art student, you're probably concerned about finding employment after school. The good news is there are some excellent jobs available for arts degree holders. These careers let you apply the skills you learned in school to bring your own

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What can you do with a design degree? Here are six awesome careers.

How did design's "greats” become great? Many of them earned a degree in the design field. Learn about what a design degree can do for you and find out how to get the skills and perspective needed to positively impact society and create beauty while doing

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Graduate School: Why Location Matters

Choosing the right graduate school can set the stage for your career, community, and area of focus. We've compiled ten reasons to say 'yay' to the Bay Area.

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How this CCA film major landed his Pixar dream job

CCA alum Patrick Lin has one of the most coveted Pixar jobs: DOP. Learn how he merges traditional cinematography with 3D animation software.

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[email protected]: Animators as keepers of emotional truth

CCA partnered with Pixar during an intensive summer program—focused on new voices, collaboration, and storyboarding—for students pursuing an animation degree.

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Four strategies for finding art school scholarships

Things to consider when you are getting serious about how to pay for art school.

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What's the #1 thing that leads to more scholarships?

Advice on maximizing scholarship money with your art portfolio.

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Six things your art portfolio must have

The quality of your art portfolio has the single biggest impact on your application to art school. Here are some tips on what to include.

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How to pick the right samples for your art portfolio

Here are a few tips to make the process of selecting samples for your portfolio a bit easier.

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