Your first year at CCA introduces you to hands-on making and conceptual thinking. The specialized studios are your home base for exploring ideas across drawing, sculpture, and time-based media.
📍184 Hooper St.
Explore our First Year Experience
3D Core Studio's Protest Prosthetics
The foundation of your CCA experience
Where you’ll create
What you’ll learn
🏠 The foundation of your CCA experience
Your first year is all about discovery, and you’ll be immersed in studio life, interdisciplinarity, and critique culture. Not only will you learn *how* to make things, but how to think through the *why* of making things. No matter your medium, connecting ideas to craft is key to sharing your story with yourself, your community, and the world.
🛠 Where you’ll create
Our first-year making spaces are built for exploring materials, tools, and dimensions together with your cohort. Course projects make full use of these facilities, whether you’re making cardboard wearables in the 3D Studio or large-scale perspective drawings in 2D Studios.
Brand-new shops and studios
The ground floor of 184 Hooper includes new first-year facilities like a bench room, woodshop, and state-of-the-art computer lab. You’ll learn how to use a drill for the first time, create plaster molds, form wire into sculptures, paint with ink, and so much more. The building has direct access to Founders Hall, meaning your dorm is as close as can be to your studio.
📕 What you’ll learn
First Year Core Curriculum focuses on experimentation, visual communication, skill-learning, critical analysis, and of course, craft. Faculty are here for you every step of the way, offering 1:1 guidance as you find your path as an artist. Failure is embraced in the program as an opportunity to learn and move forward alongside your peers.