Globalization in the21st century has brought with it a growing host of social, economic and political challenges. Poverty is deepening in many areas. Corrupt, controlling powers are on the rise. Minority voices are being stifled. The environment is destabilizing, threatening homes, health, and livelihoods. These difficulties are tough, but not insurmountable. To take them on in a proactive and productive way, creative people will be needed, along with their new ideas and fresh perspectives.
If you want to use your art to make a difference in the world, California College of the Arts is the art college where you can do it. We believe that creative people have an impactfulrole to play in solving some of the world’s toughest challenges. Artists can give a voice to the voiceless and elucidate social issues from unique and compelling vantage points. Designers and architects can make the world more livable for everyone, overcoming thorny challenges with elegant solutions.
“In essence, a song or a drawing can be the strongest weapon against oppression, marginalization, and other issues that affect different communities,” according to art college graduate Frederick Alvarado, who archives his interdisciplinary artwork on a site named “Home Turf: Secret Weapons.” Why the seemingly weaponized imagery from an artist who says he’s always on the lookout for “possible points of interconnectedness”? Because, for Alvarado, art can function as a lens, revealing “actions taken against injustices on the earth.”
Here at California College of the Arts, we take great pride in our alumni and are their biggest champions. Why? Because we watched them grow, evolve, take risks, and succeed in ways they never thought possible. And while we’re proud of them, we’re equally as excited for you to imagine yourself in their impressive shoes. We know there are many different art colleges you can choose from. And we believe your final choice should be based on your goals, as well as your vision of life not just while you’re in art school, but after graduation. How do you define career success? How do you want to change the world? What sort of community do you want to contribute to? Each of our graduates has a story to tell about how their CCA experience — the expert instructors that mentored them, the boundary-defying projects they worked on, the industry-leading internships they secured — set them down the path to becoming who they are today, as artists and people. To help you envision what’s possible after four years at CCA, here are three alumni stories from three different programs.
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