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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 | 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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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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For Undergraduates | Film

CCA Cinema Visionaries: David Lowery

By: Scott Cline
November 2nd, 2017

Join us for an evening with David Lowery on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. A screenwriter and award-winning filmmaker, Lowery will be in conversation with Brook Hinton, CCA’s Film Program co-chair. Both MFA film and BFA film school students are encouraged to attend and ask any burning questions about Lowery’s three feature films: A Ghost Story, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, and Pete’s Dragon.

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For Undergraduates | Film

CCA Cinema Visionaries: Laura Poitras

By: Scott Cline
October 26th, 2017

In January of 2013, Laura Poitras received an email from an anonymous senior government employee. Edward Snowden, nicknamed “Citizenfour,” leaked detailed documents about secret NSA surveillance programs to Poitras and two U.S.-based journalists. “You ask why I picked you. I didn't. You did,” Snowden wrote in an early email to the filmmaker.¹  

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Animation | For Undergraduates

Pixar@CCA: Animators as Keepers of Emotional Truth

By: Scott Cline
October 17th, 2017

If you had to choose the best Pixar characters ever, which ones would they be? Rolling Stone published its list last summer. Joy, the happiness heroine of Inside Out, was the top pick. Sweet yet determined waste-collecting robot WALL•E, Dory, the blue tang fish with an absurdly short memory, and imperious food critic Anton Ego from Ratatouille were next in line. Joy is #1 because she represents, according to the magazine, “a classic Pixar switcheroo: taking a character that's cute and fun and then letting her lead the audience to a deeper understanding of what it means to be human.” Compelling stories stem from the complexity of human behavior: spontaneous, calculated, sorrowful, hard-won. CCA’s Animation Program asks students to consider how motivation influences action. How do characters advance along story arcs? How do they grapple with identity and voice? These questions were at the heart of the Pixar@CCA: Summer Story Intensive, a collaborative program with Pixar Animation Studios that focused on new voices in animation.

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