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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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Choosing A Major | For Undergraduates | Myths

Don't know what to major in? Common myths for undecided art students

By: Scott Cline
October 3rd, 2018

You like to draw and paint, but you also enjoy working with digital illustration software. You've even tried your hand at designing clothes. While it's wonderful to have an abundance of creativity that you can express through multiple mediums, if you want to attend art school, you'll eventually have to narrow your focus.

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For Undergraduates | Myths

3 reasons art school won’t turn you into a starving artist

By: Scott Cline
September 28th, 2018

The starving artist: It’s the cliche that just won’t go away. Anyone who’s even toyed with the idea of pursuing a career in the arts has heard it — many, many times. Now fold in the notion of going to art school and you have a recipe for some serious skepticism. Attending college, no matter the type (liberal arts, research institution, art school, etc.) is an expensive proposition, full stop. The job market is tough for anyone these days, and expenses in the big cities where most artists live are unprecedented. But what most people don’t know, is that the old stereotype of a starving artist is an outdated way of thinking, thanks to a dramatic shift in our cultural values and ideals.  Here are three reasons why:

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Scholarships

10 tips for finding scholarships for art schools

By: Scott Cline
September 17th, 2018

Making the decision to enter art school is only the beginning of a prospective student's journey. Deciding how you will pay for school is a critical next step, and securing art school scholarships can help offset some or all of the cost of pursuing an art degree. Here are 10 tips that will help you find scholarships for art school:

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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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