Ashcan Art’s Pre-College Summer Program 2016

Your portfolio is THE MOST critical component to a College application

Discover your Unique Creative Vision & start/complete an Outstanding Portfolio this Summer

Ashcan Art‘s Pre-College Summer Program 2016

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Drawing for BFA admissions – DRAWING CLASS Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11-3 & 4-8

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Sculpture for BFA admissions – SCULPTURE CLASS Wednesdays & Thursdays  11-3- & 4-8

 

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Design for BFA admissions – DESIGN CLASS Mondays & Tuesdays  11-3- & 4-8

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Model for BFA admissions – ARCHITECTURE Class Saturdays 4-8

 Fashion Design for BFA admissions, FASHION DESIGN Class Mondays 11-3 & 4-8

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CCA Essay for Admissions

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Personal Essay

A one- to two-page essay must accompany the application. The essay is considered part of your portfolio. It allows us to learn more about you and is your opportunity to help us complete the picture of you, in addition to your grades, portfolio, test scores, and recommendations.

Your essay should address the major influences on your decision to pursue art, architecture, design, or writing. It should also address how you see yourself contributing to the CCA community, specifically with respect to the college’s values, summarized below.

CCA understands the important role of artists, designers, architects, and writers in solving social, cultural, environmental, and economic problems. The educational experience we provide supports the following values:

  •   cultivating intellectual curiosity, risk taking, collaboration, innovation, compassion, and integrity
  •   fostering social justice and community engagement
  •   promoting diversity on our campuses
  •   advocating sustainability and environmental responsibility

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ASHCAN STUDIO STUDENT WORK for ART SCHOOL ADMISSIONS by Nicole

CCA BFA Programs

UNDERGRADUATE

Animation

Our Animation faculty and visiting artists prepare you to become a masterful observer of human behavior and emotion. You’ll receive feedback and visual storytelling advice from actual industry animators and directors of such animated films as Toy StoryStar Wars, and the 2013 Oscar-winning Brave. You will hone your technical expertise in timing and spacing, weight, and animation principles. And renowned artists — in disciplines such as illustration and sculpture — will help you extend your artistic reach.

Architecture (BArch)

The five-year, NAAB-accredited* professional degree program is committed to experiments in alternative models of practice, design, and fabrication. The curriculum accordingly brings developments in culture, media, and technology to bear on the process of architectural production, allowing students to capitalize on new opportunities in a rapidly changing profession.

Ceramics

In our Ceramics Program you’ll explore everything from cultural objects and traditions to functional ware and industrial applications. You’ll establish your voice as an artist by combining influences from the world around you with personal identity and symbolism to graduate with a body of work that matters.

 

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CCA Ceramic STUDENT WORK  top- Fetters Yeon Joo Lee, bottom Bookshelf  Brandon Jones

Community Arts

The Community Arts Program (COMAR) is an interdisciplinary, community-based academic program devoted to creative practice in the public sphere. The program focuses on the ways artists and designers interact, collaborate, and intervene in a variety of social networks in order to build sustainable community relationships, engage cultural diversity, and stimulate social transformation.

Fashion

Want to see your creative vision come to life in tomorrow’s clothing and apparel designs? Our Fashion Design faculty pushes your critical design thinking in the classroom, while nurturing your craftsmanship in the workroom — so you graduate equipped to design the future of fashion.

Film

In the Film Program at CCA, mastering the fundamentals is only the beginning. We help you move beyond convention to break new ground in storytelling and the art of filmmaking — on the big screen, on small screens, and beyond. Your BFA in Film prepares and inspires you to become a creative visionary of the future. (SeeNotable Film Alumni »)

Furniture

Our Furniture Program lets you immerse yourself in an interdisciplinary approach and allows you to explore furniture in the realms of studio art, craft, and design. Through the physical act of making, coupled with thoughtful collaboration and critique, you’ll learn to trust your design instincts. You’ll apply them to your craft. And you’ll see the world of furniture design in all new ways.

Glass

The program acknowledges the value of a traditional academic structure while also incorporating diverse subject matter and interdisciplinary approaches. The curriculum focuses on contemporary fine-art practice and embraces drawing as an integral element in all projects and critiques.

Visit notable Glass alumni to see how CCA influenced its glass artists.

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CCA Glass STUDENT WORK, Reality Colin O’Reilly

Graphic Design

Our Graphic Design Program trains you to translate complex ideas into inspired designs. You’ll make art that matters as you explore current social issues. We teach you to design original and elegant solutions that strategically move audiences to feel, think, and act.

Illustration

In our Illustration Program you’ll learn the language of visual storytelling to inspire you to respond creatively to the issues that matter most to you today. Our program challenges you to explore everything from deeply personal  to larger social issues — and to make sense of it all on paper, canvas, and the digital screen.

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CCA Illustration Student Work, Clara and the Magic Brush, Monica Garwood

Individualized Major

The Individualized Major (INDI) at CCA provides an opportunity for students to design and follow a personalized program of study. Students must write and present a proposal (e.g., “What I want to do and why I want to do it”), which must be approved.

Industrial Design

In our Industrial Design Program you will hone your own groundbreaking ideas and designs as you work alongside those who are inventing the future.

Interaction Design

While engineers make technology faster, smaller and more reliable, interaction designers make it more meaningful, usable, and delightful. Want to create the next-wave mobile experience? Reinvent social networks? Pioneer new ways to work and play? You have a future in interaction design.

Interior Design

In CCA’s Interior Design Program you’ll explore materials and space as you’re challenged to create beautiful, functional spaces that merge environmental, social, and architectural elements. You’ll learn how to design interiors that transform organizations, change communities, and make a lasting impression.

Jewelry/Metal Arts

Discover our Jewelry / Metal Arts Program, where traditional and contemporary art practices meld. We’ve offered metal arts courses for more than a century, encouraging you to fabricate a range of refined metal works — from wearable art to experimental sculpture — and develop your craft. Our notable alumni are creating truly meaningful pieces that expand the boundaries of the metal art form.

Drawing & Painting

Explore the traditions of painting and drawing, while taking bold new risks as an artist. Our Painting/Drawing Program celebrates the power of painting and the mark of the human hand, which are our traditional methods and craft, while also embracing an innovative and expanded definition of the discipline. Here you’ll be challenged to work both on and off canvas, to push into the experimental, the digital, and the handmade, and to redefine the rules of painting itself.

Photography

In our Photography Program, you’ll discover inspiration all around you, whether you’re capturing the small, human details of everyday life or exploring larger, abstract ideas about culture and identity. As you map this creative territory, you’ll also be developing your technical digital and analog skills. You will make images that have a real impact on your personal and professional communities.

Printmaking

Develop your craft as a printmaker and refine your voice as an artist. In our program, you’ll explore both traditional and experimental printmaking techniques, while also diving deep into contemporary art theory and cultural dialogue.

Sculpture

Inside our expansive studios, which offer everything from traditional bronze casting to computer-aided 3D rapid prototyping, you’ll make sculpture at any scale, in any material imaginable. You’ll also experiment with installation, video, performance, and public art. Most importantly, you’ll discover how your practice as an artist can actually help transform society.

Textiles

Immerse yourself in the world of contemporary art, while you explore one of the oldest aesthetic traditions in the world. In our fine arts-based Textiles Program, you’ll develop a strong historical and theoretical knowledge of the field. You’ll also build a diverse creative practice in which you explore everything from weaving to textile printing to sculptural fiber. Once you earn your bachelor of arts, you’ll be equipped to challenge others to think differently about textiles, crafts, and fine art.

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CCA Textile STUDENT WORK, Li Chin Ng

Visual Studies

Want to explore beyond the boundaries of traditional art history? As a major (or minor) in our Visual Studies Program, you’ll examine everything from painting and sculpture to gaming and social media. We prepare you to think, write, and speak eloquently about the visual culture that surrounds you, and how it affects our lives.

CCA Application Guidelines

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APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

A complete CCA undergraduate application must contain the following five components:

See also Interview and Test Scores for additional information.

Fee waivers are accepted for domestic students with limited financial resources that meet the NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) fee-waiver guidelines. Download the requirements for consideration»

Be sure to review Deadlines to review all application deadlines and notification dates.

CCA recommends you participate in interviews, or National Portfolio Days as well as the submission of your SAT, ACT, or AP test scores for placement exam waivers.

The following categories of applicants have additional application requirements:

Application

We encourage all applicants to apply online using the Common Application or CCA online application. No preference is given to the use of either application.

Alternatively, you may download the printable application form (PDF).

You must submit the completed application, including the nonrefundable $60 application fee, to the Enrollment Services Office.

CCA honors the College Board Application Fee Waiver Form.

Personal Essay

An untimed writing sample or essay of at least 250 words must accompany the application. The essay is considered part of your portfolio. It allows us to learn more about you and is your opportunity to help us complete the picture of you, in addition to your grades, portfolio, test scores, and recommendations.

Your essay should address the major influences on your decision to pursue art, architecture, design, or writing. It should also address how you see yourself contributing to the CCA community, specifically with respect to the college’s values, summarized below.

CCA understands the important role of artists, designers, architects, and writers in solving social, cultural, environmental, and economic problems. The educational experience we provide supports the following values:

  • cultivating intellectual curiosity, risk taking, collaboration, innovation, compassion, and integrity
  • fostering social justice and community engagement
  • promoting diversity on our campuses
  • advocating sustainability and environmental responsibility

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Ashcan Studio Student Work for Art School Admissions by Nicole

Transcripts

You must submit an official transcript from your high school or college. High school transcripts must show proof of graduation or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Official, sealed transcripts from your institution must be sent from the school directly to the Enrollment Services Office.If you have attended college or received college credit while in high school, please submit official transcripts from the college(s) attended.All transcripts must be in English or accompanied by a certified English translation of the original.Home-schooled applicants should submit detailed syllabi of courses (equivalent to grades 10–12) and details of curriculum you are pursuing through any public or private agency (including community college transcripts, if applicable).

Two Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required, with a minimum of one letter from an academic teacher or school-based counselor. We highly recommend that you take advantage of our electronic recommendation process. This will ensure we receive your recommendations in a timely fashion, and it is convenient for your recommenders.

When submitting your electronic application, you can provide the email address for your recommenders. Your recommenders will receive the recommendation form electronically and then return it electronically to CCA.

Mailed letters, including the completed recommendation form, should be sent in sealed envelopes directly to CCA or mailed with your application.

(Note: The online application requires use of the online recommendation form in order to submit your application. If you are intending to mail your letters of recommendation, you will be required to add the email addresses and names of your recommenders, even if they do not intend to complete the form.)

Portfolio

A portfolio representing your art experience must be submitted to the Enrollment Services Office. The portfolio consists of your artwork and a personal essay. The portfolio allows the admissions committee to gain an understanding of your interests, experience, and creative potential.

CCA recognizes that students enter college with diverse artistic backgrounds; therefore, portfolios are evaluated on an individual basis, keeping in mind the specific educational background and experiences of each applicant.

Applicants may submit their portfolio for review using SlideRoom. The digital platform allows you to create an inventory of your best work, which includes title, date, medium, dimensions, and notes. Both still and video works can be uploaded.

Applicants can upload images to SlideRoom, then view and rearrange their work until the final submission is made. Each portfolio submission has a $10 fee.

CCA asks for a portfolio to consist of 10-20 digital images (20 is the maximum number of images allowed). You are neither required to submit the maximum 20 images, nor penalized for submitting fewer than 20 images.

See also Portfolio Preparation »

Interview

While an interview is not required, prospective students are invited to meet with an admissions representative at National Portfolio Days, college-sponsored events, or a scheduled appointment on either campus throughout the year.

Test Scores

SAT I or ACT scores are highly recommended for first-year students only. You may also submit your AP and IB exam scores. SAT, ACT, AP, and IB exam scores may be used in waiving placement exams upon entering CCA.

See also Transfer Credit »

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Ashcan Studio Student Work for Art School Admissions by Nicole