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San Francisco | College Locations

Graduate School: Why Location Matters

By: Noel Dahl
April 4th, 2018

Industry connections, career opportunities, and inspiring landscapes all play a crucial role when it comes to choosing the right graduate school for you. How does the Bay Area measure up?

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Graduate Programs | MFA in Writing

3 Writing Tips from the U.S. Poet Laureate

By: Noel Dahl
January 30th, 2018

Imagine if you could learn about literary form, research, and revision from masters of the craft. The chance to study with acclaimed writers and poets is one of the greatest benefits of an MFA in Creative Writing. From intimate writing workshops to incredible readings, their experiences and perspectives can help you fine-tune your craft as you work towards publication. Tracy K. Smith, U.S. Poet Laureate and winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, recently read from her forthcoming collection, Wade in the Water, and held a craft talk for our CCA MFA in Writing students and local community of writers and artists. She offered three fruitful tips to help jump-start your fall writing, and the first one might surprise you: 

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For Undergraduates | Architecture Majors

Architecture Schools are Designing Material Innovation

By: Scott Cline
December 20th, 2017

Architectural design is a collective experiment. Designing Material Innovation, an outdoor exhibition at California College of the Arts (CCA), hypothesizes a future with radically different notions of material, fabrication, and design. Artifacts are interactive. Sculptures are upcycled. Prototypes are shelters and data machines at once.  

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Choosing A College | San Francisco | College Locations | For Undergraduates

Top 3 Reasons Why San Francisco Is the Best City for Art Students

By: Noel Dahl
December 13th, 2017

When you choose an art school, you’re not just choosing a school — faculty, curriculum, campus housing, and all the rest — you’re choosing a scene. More than almost any other discipline, the study of art requires immersing yourself in art, surrounding yourself with people who are making art, at every level and in every form, to cultivate inspiration and opportunity. For that, nothing beats a big city. And in the U.S., nothing beats San Francisco. San Francisco has been called, among other things, one of the most inspiring cities for young artists, one of the world’s top cities for designers, and the top North American city for an animation career. Now add this superlative to the list: America’s best city for art students. Here are three reasons why:

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Animation | Careers | For Undergraduates | Animation Majors | Film

How One Film Buff Became a Pixar Director of Photography

By: Scott Cline
December 5th, 2017

CCA alumnus Patrick Lin never thought he would have a career in animation. Growing up in Hong Kong, he was inspired by Hollywood titans George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, and decided he would someday make films.¹ This dream led him to the CCA film program, where, unbeknownst to him, he began laying the groundwork for one of the most coveted Pixar jobs: Director of Photography.

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