California College of the Arts

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California College of the Arts
Cca logo.svg
Established 1907
Type Private
President Stephen Beal
Academic staff 500
Students 1,950
Location San Francisco, California and Oakland, California, USA
Campus 4 acres (1.6 ha)
Website http://www.cca.edu

California College of the Arts (CCA) is an art, design, architecture, and writing school founded in 1907. It has campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, and it enrolls approximately 1,500 undergraduates and 500 graduate students.

CCA educates students to shape culture and society through the practice and critical study of art, architecture, design, and writing. The college prepares students for lifelong creative work by cultivating innovation, community engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

CCA advocates that artists, designers, architects, and writers have important roles in solving the world’s cultural, environmental, social, and economic problems. The college cultivates intellectual curiosity and risk taking, collaboration and innovation, compassion and integrity. CCA is a proponent of social justice and community engagement. The college promotes diversity by improving access and opportunities for underrepresented groups. It values sustainability and believes that artists have a unique ability and responsibility to shape a culture that is more environmentally responsible

Location[edit]

CCA benefits from its location in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Bay Area and Silicon Valley are global hubs of entrepreneurship, technology, and design. 40 percent of all venture capital money in the United States is invested here. The region is also noted for its cultural and ethnic diversity. CCA’s educational experience is strengthened by this innovative, international, multicultural environment.

The college has forged key connections with major Bay Area corporations, arts organizations, and community-based nonprofits. These entities sponsor studios, offer internships to students, and employ students, alumni, and faculty.

Rankings[edit]

California College of the Arts ranks among the premier fine arts and design institutions in the United States.

In terms of salary potential, PayScale ranks CCA the top art and design college in the United States, and in the top 10 of all colleges and universities on the West Coast.

CCA is one of only two art colleges that made it onto the 2013 “AC Online: Highest Return on Investment Colleges in California” list, coming in at #25 out of a total of 767 colleges considered.

BusinessWeek magazine calls CCA one of the world’s best design schools.[1]

CCA ranks fourth among San Francisco Bay Area colleges and universities for highest-paying degrees (Stanford, Santa Clara University, and UC Berkeley, in that order, are the top three).

U.S. News & World Report ranks CCA as one of the top graduate master of fine arts programs for Ceramics, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Painting/Drawing, Photography, and Sculpture.[2]

CCA has been named a national “College of Distinction” in the categories of engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes.

The Princeton Review designates CCA as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada.

History[edit]

CCA was founded in 1907 by Frederick Meyer in Berkeley as the School of the California Guild of Arts and Crafts during the height of the Arts and Crafts movement. The Arts and Crafts movement originated in Europe during the late 19th century as a response to the industrial aesthetics of the machine age. Followers of the movement advocated an integrated approach to art, design, and craft. Today, Frederick Meyer’s “practical art school” is an internationally known and respected institution, drawing students from around the world.

In 1908 the school was renamed California School of Arts and Crafts, and in 1936 it became the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC). In 2003, recognizing the growth of the school and the great breadth of its curriculum, the college was renamed California College of the Arts.

The college’s Oakland campus location was acquired in 1922, when Meyer bought the four-acre James Treadwell estate at Broadway and College Avenue. Two of its buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1996 CCA opened its San Francisco campus, which is now home to several undergraduate programs and all of the graduate programs. It is situated in the city’s “Innovation Corridor,” near the design district, a growing number of galleries and alternative art spaces, and companies such as Adobe, Twitter, fuseproject, and Zynga. It is very close to the new biotech and medical research area, and less than two miles from the downtown museums. The 160,000-square-foot main building is among the most notable “green” structures in San Francisco.

Programs and educational initiatives[edit]

CCA offers 22 undergraduate and 12 graduate majors. CCA confers the bachelor of fine arts (BFA), bachelor of arts (BA), bachelor of architecture (BArch), master of fine arts (MFA), master of arts (MA), master of architecture (MArch), Master of Advanced Architectural Design (MAAD), and master of business administration (MBA) degrees.

The college hosts lectures, artist talks, and other special events almost every day during the academic term. Its state-of-the-art facilities range from glass studios to 3D printers, animation labs, and a full-scale production stage, enabling students to realize almost any creative vision.

The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, located on the San Francisco campus, is a forum for leading-edge contemporary culture. Its innovative exhibitions and accompanying publications and lectures feature compelling, important artists working on both the local and the international levels. In 2013 the Wattis Institute welcomes a new director, Anthony Huberman, formerly of Artists Space in New York.

Sponsored studio courses enable students to work directly with professionals from distinguished firms such as IDEO and Adobe. Internships help students gain practical experience and professional connections while earning academic credit.

The CCA Center for Art and Public Life, based on the Oakland campus, organizes numerous programs (community art collaborations, student project grants, and more), putting students into contact with diverse communities in the Bay Area and around the world.

Faculty and alumni[edit]

CCA's faculty and graduates have influenced and led mid- and late-twentieth-century art movements. Alumni Robert Arneson and Peter Voulkos and faculty member Viola Frey helped establish the medium of ceramics as a fine art and were closely linked to the emergence of the 1960s ceramics movement. The photorealist movement of the 1970s is represented by current faculty member Jack Mendenhall and alumni Robert Bechtle and Richard McLean. Alumni Nathan Oliveira and Manuel Neri were leaders in the Bay Area Figurative Movement. Marvin Lipofsky founded CCA's Glass Program in 1967 and was important in the Studio Glass movement. Two school faculty established California Faience.

Other noted alumni include the artist Jules de Balincourt; the Oscar-winning filmmaker Audrey Marrs; the illustrator Tomie de Paola; the conceptual artists Harrell Fletcher, David Ireland, and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas, Michael Vanderbyl, and Gary Hutton; and the inventor of the waterphone, Richard Waters.

Other current and former CCA faculty include:

Designers[edit]

Yves Béhar, Brenda Laurel, Nathan Shedroff, Christopher Simmons, Michael Vanderbyl, Martin Venezky Eric Heiman, Jeremy Mende, Mark Fox, Angie Wang, Brett MacFadden, Scott Thorpe, and Jon Sueda

Architects[edit]

Thom Faulders, Ila Berman, Katherine Lambert, and Craig Scott

Artists[edit]

Kim Anno, Claudia Bernardi, Kota Ezawa, Jim Goldberg, David Heintz, Christian Jankowski, Jordan Kantor, Raymond Saunders, Don Stivers, Larry Sultan, Tim Lee, Mario Ybarra Jr., Anysa Saleh, Brian Conley, Ken Lum, Lia Cook and goldsmith Alan Revere

Writers[edit]

Tom Barbash, M. Celeste Connor, Joseph Lease, Aimee Phan, Lisa Robertson, Mitchell Schwarzer, Dodie Bellamy, and Kevin Killian

Curators[edit]

Raimundas Malasauskas, Renny Pritikin, and Jens Hoffmann

Filmmakers[edit]

Rob Epstein, Lynn Marie Kirby and Jeanne Finley

Accreditation[edit]

CCA is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

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Coordinates: 37°50′09″N 122°15′01″W / 37.83593°N 122.25030°W / 37.83593; -122.25030