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Scott Cline

Dr. Scott Cline is vice president of enrollment at California College of the Arts, where he leads the financial aid and undergraduate admissions offices. He has worked at CCA for over six years, previously as director and associate director of financial aid.

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For Undergraduates | Graphic Design

Can Graphic Design Be Political?

By: Scott Cline
September 8th, 2017

When you choose an art school, you choose a creative culture influenced by the political atmosphere. You are discovering your people: contemplative, inward-looking, proactive, all of the above, or some combo. Here, in the Bay Area, where art, tech, and politics play together, our graphic design students choose to uproot conventional expression and activism. During 2017 SF Design Week, they made mail meaningful again with Postcards to the President, a project that encouraged attendees to write messages to POTUS, Vice President Pence, state reps, and local leaders.

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Portfolio | For Undergraduates

4 Common Art School Portfolio Mistakes

By: Scott Cline
July 3rd, 2017

Your art portfolio plays a big role in whether or not you get into the art school of your dreams. Creating a high-quality collection of samples that showcase your abilities is the best way to increase your odds.

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Graduate Programs | Portfolio | For Undergraduates

Top 10 Tips for Creating the Best Art Portfolio

By: Scott Cline
June 29th, 2017

You've decided to get serious about art school. But before you can prepare for an exciting journey that will hone your skills and push you to achieve things you never thought possible, you've got to take an important first step in the admission process: creating your portfolio.

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For Undergraduates | Applying to College

4 Common Mistakes That Art College Applicants Make

By: Scott Cline
June 20th, 2017

Applying to art college — or any college, for that matter — is complicated. Between completing your online application, assembling your portfolio, soliciting your letters of recommendation, wrangling your high school transcripts, and applying for financial aid, there are plenty of opportunities for mistakes to creep in — even for the most careful applicant.

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Applying to College

3 Ways to Boost the Odds of Getting Into the Art School of Your Dreams

By: Scott Cline
June 12th, 2017

When you dream about following in the footsteps of the world’s most influential artists and most successful creative professionals by attending a top-tier art school, sometimes it can feel as if the odds are stacked against you. Some of the country’s most prestigious art colleges boast acceptance rates under 50 percent — and that’s not including the thousands of potential applicants who, intimidated by the competition, set their sights lower.

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