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Attending Art School in Oakland

When one alludes to “the city by the bay”, there is rarely any confusion as to which American city is being referenced…unless, of course, you live in Oakland and know that there is more than just one bay city worth mentioning. In fact, Oaklanders take great pride in their city and are quick to point out all the things that make their city, “the city”. In addition to the countless eateries, shops, and performance venues, Oakland’s art scene is as thriving and vibrant as the energy of the city itself. The Oakland Museum of California is among the most prestigious of the museums, with architecture as interesting and engaging as the works that are housed within it. Other museums of note include the Ebony Museum of Art, Mills College Art Museum, and the satellite sculpture gallery of the Oakland Museum of California’s Sculpture Court. Additionally, Oakland’s extensive gallery choices (23 in the downtown area alone) are best enjoyed through any one of the regular art events that are regularly held throughout the city. Oakland Art Night, held on the third Thursday of each month, features late night gallery viewings, artists’ lectures and demonstrations, and other special cultural events. Galleries to be enjoyed on these nights include Oakland Art Gallery, Gallery 555, Joyce Gordon Gallery, and Pro Arts Gallery. A second option for easy art viewing and an increasing popular event is the “Oakland Art Murmur”, occurring Uptown on the first Friday of every month. Uptown galleries featured on these Fridays include 21 Grand, Boontling Gallery, Mama Buzz, Rock Paper Scissors, and Ego Park. Finally, the annual Labor Day weekend Art & Soul Festival is gaining in popularity with each new year as countless visitors come to enjoy the works of local artists along with music and food for the masses. All of these attractions and events bring a shine to the city of Oakland that forego any formidable shadow cast by the “other” city on the bay and any art student choosing to pursue their studies in the city of Oakland will enjoy all that it has to offer.

5212 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618-1487
(510) 594-3600
Animation, Architecture, Ceramics, Community Arts, Fashion Design, Glass, Graphic Design, Illustration, Individualized Major, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Jewelry/Metal Arts, Media Arts, Painting/Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles, Visual Studies, Wood/Furniture, Writing and Literature / Graduate programs include Architecture, Curatorial Practice, Design, Fine Arts, Visual Criticism, Writing
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Architecture; Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Architecture
BusinessWeek named CCA as one of the nation's best design schools in its October 9, 2006, issue; Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), and the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER); the largest regionally accredited, independent school of art and design in the western United States; Summer and semester study abroad opportunities with over 25 associated international art schools; Student galleries include Irwin Student Center Gallery, Isabelle Percey West Gallery, and the North/South Gallery
Noted Alumni:  
Ralph Goings, Susan Krieg, Nathan Oliveira, Raymond Saunders, Bedri Baykam, Robert Bechtle, Robert Arneson, Viola Frey, Peter Voulkos, Wayne Wang, David Ireland, Dennis Oppenheim, John McCracken, Lance Friedman, Stuart Mckee, Lucille Tenazas, Michael Vanderbyl, Martin Venezky , Jose Montoya
5000 Macarthur Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94613
(510) 430-2255
8+ (Art Department only)
Art History, Studio Art (Art History, Ceramics, Electronic Arts, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Video)
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts
Students can take advantage of their academic experience through participation in Mills-affiliated study-abroad programs in Europe and Asia, or through exchange programs with colleges on the East Coast; On campus, the Mills College Art Museum provides students with experience in all phases of museum work, including curatorial duties, installation, and cataloging; Named one of the top producers of Fulbright Awards for 2006-07 by the Chronicle of Higher Education, and one of only 31 bachelor's institutions
Noted Alumni:  
Laurie Anderson, Renel Brooks-Moon, Trisha Brown, Dave Brubeck, Sharon Cheslow, Sofia Coppola, Barbara Higbie, Marcie Jones, Jade Snow Wong
Additional Information:  
Undergraduate programs are for women only; graduate programs are coeducational