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Course Planning & Support


CCA faculty are required to produce a syllabus for each course taught. A syllabus should reflect the instructor's:

  • course plan
  • learning outcomes
  • goals & assignments
  • requirements

Early in the semester, faculty are required to upload a syllabus for each course section they are teaching in their course's Portal section page. Instructors may format their syllabus according to personal preference, yet the following syllabus template might be helpful.

Writing a Syllabus

For further information about designing a syllabus, including identifying the functions of a syllabus, review designing course syllabi.

Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studio (UDIST) and Course Proposal

Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studio (UDIST) courses offer opportunities for undergraduate students and instructors to generate interdisciplinary theories, practices, and works within a studio-based format. These required studio courses allow students to work in an interdisciplinary manner with peers from other programs while at the point in their education where they have developed media and disciplinary expertise in their respective majors.

Interested in submitting a course proposal? Please follow the link for detailed instructions, learning objectives and proposal guidelines prior to submitting your proposal application.

More information on UDIST Course Proposals

Undergraduate College-wide Learning Outcomes

California College of the Arts educates students to shape culture through the practice and critical study of design, architecture, fine arts, and writing.

Through coursework rooted in the many facets of a studio practice, a rigorous general education curriculum, and enriching co-curricular experiences, students prepare for a lifetime creating work that matters.

This preparation culminates in graduates whose creative practices demonstrate the perceptual acuity, conceptual understanding, and technical facility sufficient for them to begin work on a professional level.

In addition to the outcomes linked below, which are vital components of any undergraduate education at the college, each academic program addresses discipline-specific concepts, techniques, and learning outcomes in depth.

Undergraduate College-wide Learning Outcomes

Curricular Initiatives

NEW Minor in Computational Practices

The minor in Computational Practices provides students the opportunity to meld computational practice with studio practice as they develop and explore the possibilities of applying deep technology-creation skills to their work as artists and designers. Students completing the minor will demonstrate technical sophistication as well as a deep understanding of the role and context of technology in their discipline. The minor takes students beyond mere facility with the current technologies available to them as practitioners, focusing on enabling students to create new tools and to re-program existing tools to meet their creative needs and advance their disciplines.

Completing the minor does not increase the total number of units required to graduate. For most students, pursuing the minor will not affect the number of courses taken either within the major or in the Humanities and Sciences areas. More information on required coursework, distribution of units, and advising is available here.

Student Laptop Initiative

Starting in Fall 2018, all incoming undergraduate students are required to have a laptop that meets CCA's minimum technical requirements. This requirement will help ensure that all students have access to the college’s digital resources at home or on campus. As collaboration is a foundation of our curriculum, owning a laptop will promote communication and research, as well as making, in and out of the classroom.

A sponsored studio is a CCA studio course in any discipline or collaboration of disciplines that receives a minimum donation of $50,000 from a sponsor. The primary purpose of the sponsored studio is the educational and professional development of CCA students, particularly through the expectations and critique given by representatives of the sponsoring company.

Types of sponsors:

  • industry manufacturers and/or service providers
  • professional agencies and firms that offer consulting services
  • government organizations
  • philanthropic organizations

Sponsored Studios Information

Intellectual Property

The purpose of CCA's Intellectual Property Tenets is to:

  • maximize the development and open exchange of ideas and the generation of creative work product in the educational environment of California College of the Arts (“CCA”)
  • provide guidance to the CCA community in the development and disposition of works created in connection with CCA
  • provide a method for resolving potential ambiguities or conflicts, or both, regarding the ownership and disposition of such works
  • facilitate the development, distribution and use of works created with CCA facilities by its students and faculty for the benefit of the public, and the benefit of CCA and its students and faculty

Some of the programs at CCA may give rise to exceptions to these Tenets.

These Tenets are intended to evolve as the result of feedback from the CCA Community and will therefore change from time to time. These Tenets were last updated on December 15, 2009.

To review the Intellectual Property Tenets in its entirety, download Intellectual Property Tenets (PDF).

Intellectual Property Best Practices