13 Students from West California Academy of Art and Design Win 2018 “I Love the Sport” Children's Drawing Contest
The annual EDI Media Children’s Drawing Contest announced the winners on July 7, 2018. 13 students from West California Academy of Art and Design won the awards.
Eric Chang, 8 years old, won the 1st Place
3 students won the 3rd Place awards, including:
Daren Wong, 10 years old
Eric Song, 9 years old
Rain Shi, 5 years old
9 students won Outstanding Awards, including:
Brian Li, 4 years old
Michael Sun, 5 years old
Melanie Zhang, 7 years old
Sophia You, 8 years old
Madison Ho, 7 years old
Alessia Chen, 8 years old
Cynthia Chao, 8 years old
Ella Chan, 10 years old
Jenna Vuong, 9 years old
The drawing contest has been held annually for 18 years. This year’s theme is “I love the Sport.” Children from the age groups of 3-5, 6-8, 9-11, 12-15 years old in Southern California are invited to participate and encouraged to draw in their originality, creativity and love for sports. The criteria of judging include creativity, color, the techniques of the drawing, and how related the content is to the themes of the contest.
Students from West California Academy of Art and Design take active part in the contests and win awards every year at the contest.
West California Academy of Art and Design Celebrates the First Anniversary of WASC Accreditation
On July 6th, 2018, West California Academy of Art and Design celebrates the first anniversary of its WASC accreditation.
Since July 6th, 2017, West California Academy of Art and Design has officially become the Supplementary Education Center/Program Fully Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
This is the email that WASC office sent to the the Academy’s principal Lei Wang on July 6th, 2017.
“Dear Miss Wang:
The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) announces the action taken at the Summer 2017 Commission Meeting. The ACS WASC Commissioners have determined West California Academy of Art and Design (Art - SEP) meets the Supplementary Education Center/Program criteria for accreditation. This accreditation status is based on all of the information provided by the Center/Program, including the initial visit report, and the satisfactory completion of the on-site initial accreditation visit. It is the decision of the Commission to grant West California Academy of Art and Design (grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12th) Initial Accreditation Status through June 30, 2020.”
This is an important milestone in the continuing to grow and succeed in leading and care of the Academy’s organization in Art and Design. Accreditation shows the Academy’s commitment to providing the highest levels of education to students and parents, and the same high level of conduct in business practices. Accreditation by WASC is proof of this commitment, and signifies that the Academy has met the rigorous standards of an internationally recognized party. The team of the Academy are proud to have met the challenge of accreditation, and intend to consistently uphold the principles of quality improvement for students in the future.
This WASC accreditation channels a new period of growth for West California Academy of Art and Design, and anchors and buoys its international reputation throughout the world.
Though an art school, academic achievement is priority for West California Academy of Art and Design----a significant number of our students have been admitted to U.S. top universities including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, RISD, UCLA, Otis, Art Center College of Design, etc.
Joanna Fann earned acceptance to Parsons School of Design at The New School --Fashion Design in 2013.
“I’m so thankful to my mom for making a right decision of sending me here at West California Academy of Art and Design. This school has helped me discover my potential for creativity, self-expression and visual awareness. I’m here to present all my thanks to the instructors who teach me to become an creative artist. ”
About Parsons School of Design at The New School
Parsons School of Design at The New School is located in New York and widely regarded as one of the most prestigious art and design schools in the world and ranks consistently as the top art and design school in the U.S. Founded in 1896, Parsons has a renowned fashion design program and has educated some of the most respected designers in the industry including Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, etc. Students befit from its location for career opportunities offered by Chanel, Disney, Marvel as well as the U.N.
Laurraine Guo earned acceptance to the very prestigious Rhode Island School of Design—Apparel Design in 2016.
“I will always remember the afternoon when I received the email from RISD notifying me of my acceptance to the school. I could hardly believe what I read. It was the best moment in my life! I feel lucky that I have made a right decision to choose West California Academy of Art and Design to help prepare my portfolio, which obviously sets me apart from other candidates! It was very intense and challenging to get a strong portfolio done within four months. I know I can never have everything done without Mr. Omar’s professional guide. “
About Rhode Island School of Design
From its incorporation in 1877, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has stood out as a leader in art and design education, attracting extraordinary people who thrive in its creative culture. Located in Rhode Island, RISD has consistently been ranked among the best educational institutions in the world for art and design.
Qianhui Lin was accepted to Otis College of Art and design in 2016. Her entrance portfolio was rewarded with a scholarship of $15,000.
“I choose West California Academy of Art and Design for my final push in college application and portfolio preparation. My work demonstrates a clear illustrated portfolio with aesthetics and communicative approaches, able to show case a well rounded art and design education. I’m very thankful to the Academy’s tutors, who made my portfolio exemplary to my peers!”
About Otis College of Art and Design
Otis College of Art and Design is a private art school and design school in the Westchester neighborhood of Los Angeles. Established in 1918, it was the city's first independent professional school of art, known for its fashion design, digital media and toy design. Students benefit from working closely with design mentors and are trained in all aspects of the design process while emulating a design studio, and following the industry’s seasonal schedule.
Alan Jiang earned acceptance to the very prestigious Art Center College of Design--Illustration in 2017 with a scholarship of $64,000.
“My goals have always been clear: I couldn’t see myself going anywhere else but Illustration at Art Center College of Design. Usually students apply to several institutes while I only applied one. It is a risk, but thanks to West California Academy of Art and Design, it helped me demonstrate the power of a strong portfolio and make my dream come true.”
About Art Center College of Design
Art Center College of Design (ACCD) was founded in 1930 in Los Angeles. Its industrial design programs are consistently ranked number one by Design Intelligence. U.S. News and World Report also ranks Art Center’s Art, Industrial Design and Media Design Practices programs among the top 20 graduate schools in the U.S. Distinguished alumni include Michael Bay--film director and Chris Bangle--former Chief of Design at BMW.
Steve You earned acceptance to the prestigious Pratt Institute –Architecture with a scholarship $26,000.
“Pratt Institute—Architecture is my first choice. It is a highly competitive program and I know I must distinguish myself from other applicants by building a portfolio that best represent my skill, interest and creativity. That’s why I chose West California Academy of Art and Design to hone my skill and prepare my portfolios. I made a right decision. The school helped me find my own way in art, without its help, I would have needed much more time to get accepted by my dream college.”
About Pratt Institute
Originating in 1887, Pratt Institute is located in New York and primarily known for its highly ranked programs in architecture, interior design, and industrial design. Many of Pratt’s programs have been ranked in the top-5 by U.S. News & World Report including the interior design and industrial design programs. The Bachelor of Architecture program has been ranked as being in the top fifteen programs in the United States consistently since 2000.
Cattleya Wu got accepted to Savanah College of Art and Design (SCAD)—Animation with a Merit Scholarship of $11,000.
“I want to be an animator and Savanah College of Art and Design is my dream school. I need strong portfolios that demonstrates why I am an outstanding candidate. My experience at West California Academy of Art and Design has given me the ability to adapt styles and create a fascinating world with characters that I have been developing in my sketchbook. I have learned how a strong foundation can lead to individual style evolution. “
About Savannah College of Art and Design
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) was founded in 1978 and currently has locations in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia; Hong Kong; Lacoste, France. Its curriculum has garnered acclaim from respected organizations and publications, including 3D World, American Institute of Architects, Businessweek, DesigIntelligence, U.S. News & World Report and the Los Angeles Times. In 2015, Red Dot Design Rankings placed SCAD in the top four universities in the Americas and Europe. Career preparation is woven into every fiber of the university, resulting in a superior alumni employment rate.