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Graduate Programs | MFA in Design

MFA in Design: Alumni Q+A with Beth Abrahamson, Senior Designer at Emotive Brand

By: Jon Sueda
December 6th, 2018

Since graduating from CCA’s MFA in Design program in 2015, Beth Abrahamson has put in time as a freelance designer for some of the biggest brands in the game (Airbnb, Elephant, Apple). Now a senior designer at Emotive Brand, a boutique branding agency in Oakland, she also maintains her own personal practice consisting of freelance design projects, ceramics, and other artwork.

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DMBA | Graduate Programs

Design Strategy: Alumni Q+A with Alida Draudt, Futurist at Capital One

By: Susan Worthman
November 23rd, 2018

When Alida Draudt (DMBA, 2016) entered CCA’s MBA in Design Strategy program, she already had a background in design and innovation consulting. What she wanted was a brighter future—little did she know, her future would involve predicting the future.

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Graduate Programs | MFA in Design

Two years or three years for a masters in Design? Here’s the difference.

By: Jon Sueda
November 15th, 2018

We get a lot of questions from students researching graphic design graduate programs that want to know what the difference between a 2-year and 3-year MFA program is, so we’re taking an in-depth look at both options to help you decide which is the right one for you.

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Graduate Programs | MFA in Design

Should I get an MFA in Design?

By: Winston Struye
November 9th, 2018

As a second-year MFA student, some of the most common questions I get are from people wondering what being in an MFA program is like and whether I would recommend it to others, so I thought—what a perfect subject for a blog post!

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Graduate Programs

A guide to graduate programs : 1-year, 2-year, low-residency, and more

By: Scott Cline
November 1st, 2018

The benefits of getting a graduate degree in a field you’re interested in can be numerous and diverse - from personal to professional, and of course, financial - but many potential graduate students are wary of the time commitment involved in going back to school full-time.

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