Statement of Mission

The College of Creative Arts has the only academic program primarily devoted to the creative arts in Northern California. Comprised of a variety of disciplines, interdisciplines, and departments in visual, media, and performing arts areas, the college represents unique opportunities for specialized focus, collaboration, interdisciplinary learning, or multidisciplinary pursuits.

Academic programs in the college encompass all aspects and forms of the arts, including creative practice, theoretical and critical studies, historical studies, fine arts, applied arts, facilitative practices in the arts, and arts education. The college supports programs that stress both original and interpretive forms of the arts, as well as those emphasizing traditional and innovative pursuits. High standards of professional accomplishment are stressed throughout the college. A major goal of the college is the education of students who will become significant creators, scholars, educators, and facilitators in creative arts areas, and capable of major contributions in our urban environment as well as nationally and globally.

The college seeks to continue its long history of relationships with varied audiences, communities, and professionals throughout San Francisco. On-going affiliations, creative and scholarly dialogues, and applied projects have been established between various faculty and departments in the college and leading independent artists, museums, galleries, performing arts locations and groups, design industries, radio and TV sites, cinema production centers, emerging media arts industries, public and private arts learning environments, cultural sites serving diverse groups, and related contexts throughout the Bay Area. Community outreach programs, internships, creative productions, and frequent symposia on a range of vital issues of concern to our community constituencies contribute to further these relationships.

A substantial portion of the college's programs highlight the unique roles and expressions of the arts in a multicultural and diverse society. In addition to the commitment to development of professional artists, scholars, facilitators, and arts educators, the college also strives to maintain a significant contribution to the unique ways in which the creative arts can serve as primary agents in a quality liberal arts education.

Program Offerings

Undergraduate majors and minors provide a broad introduction to various fine arts, design, and communication arts disciplines. Graduate programs stress a greater development of individual direction and focus, leading to significant professional-level creative and/or scholarly works.

Undergraduate Studies

The College of Creative Arts offers the following undergraduate degrees: (The numbers following the degrees are used by this university to identify the programs indicated. These numbers must be used on the application for admission, registration forms, application for graduation, etc.)

Bachelor of Arts
Art 10021

Cinema 10101

Creative Arts
Concentration in: Interdisciplinary Arts 10011
Drama 10071

Dance 10081
Concentrations in:

Industrial Arts 08393
Concentration in: Product Design and Development 08393
Music 10051

Radio and Television 06031

Bachelor of Music 10041
Bachelor of Science
Industrial Technology 08394

Bachelor of Vocational Education 08395
The College of Creative Arts offers the following graduate degrees: (The numbers following the degrees are used by this university to identify the programs indicated. These numbers must be used on the application for admission, registration forms, application for graduation, etc.)

Master of Arts
Art 10021

Cinema Studies 10101

Creative Arts
Concentrations in:
Creativity and Arts Education 10011
Interdisciplinary Arts 10011

Drama 10071

Industrial Arts 08393

Music 10051

Radio and Television 06031

Master of Fine Arts
Art 10022

Cinema 10101

Theatre Arts
Concentrations in:
Performance 10072
Design/Technical Production 10072

Master of Music 10051

Resources and Facilities

With the completion of the new five-story Arts and Industry Addition, the college is now comprised of three buildings devoted to creative arts purposes. Many of the spaces in these buildings are of special design to meet the needs of the college's programs. There are five performing arts auditoria, including McKenna Theatre (seats 701 and is equipped with 35mm projection plus video Tularia system), Knuth Hall (seats 322), Little Theatre (seats 253), Studio Theatre (seats 78 and features a thrust stage), and the Black Box Theatre. The film and video screening room in the Arts and Industry Addition seats 146.

Broadcast programs have access to cable radio KSFS, cable TV CH49, three TV studios, radio studio, and sound recording studio. Cinema programs in the new building feature a 50' x 50' shooting stage, four sound studios, animation studio, twenty-five editing rooms, multimedia production areas, and a media study center.

The Art Department has recently upgraded studios for all of its studio areas, and also features the New Art Department Gallery in the A&I Addition. The gallery is professional in scope, and composed of 3,200 sq. ft., which includes a back projection screen for projection installations, and gallery preparation and curatorial rooms. The Art Slide Library is comprised of over 100,000 slides, and the Art Department's Printmaking Archives has a collection of 500 works of historic and contemporary prints, photographs, drawings, and artist's books.

The Dance Department features a Multimedia Dance Studio with projection booth and foldout seating in the A&I Addition. The Inter-Arts Center supervises the Intermedia Laboratory which includes video and audio equipment, plus the MAC Laboratory (used by classes throughout the college), Advanced Computer Imaging Center, and Faculty Multimedia Research and Development Center. The Music Department also has an Electronic Music Laboratory.

The college also maintains the Creativity Institute, which supports research and projects in creativity, multiculturalism and the arts, global issues and the arts, and arts and industries. The Dance Department serves as the administrative hub for the International Dance Institute, which is devoted to developing understanding in respect to world dance.

The college's Arts Bridge to College Program provides opportunities for high school students to attend college classes in the arts at low cost. The program goal is to encourage advanced studies in the arts for disadvantaged high school students. For information on Creative Arts productions, exhibits, and symposia, refer to the "Performing Arts" section


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