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Career and Academic Pathways

Creative Arts and Design

Design, Create, Innovate

A pathway where creative thought and imagination meet in real life. Programs in this CAP will develop your creativity and self-expression, and you'll learn how art has affirmed the complexities and wonder of life throughout history. This will prepare you for a career in performing arts, digital media, design and studio arts.

Creative Arts and Design (CAD)
CAP Lounge Locations

Aptos Campus VAPA Room 5120

Watsonville Center Building A atrium

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Meet Your CAP Ambassadors

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Upcoming Events

Artist Talk - Henry Horenstein

Tuesday October 10th from 3pm-4pm

in VAPA 1001

Free and open to all!

This Week's Highlighted College Events

Looking for a short list of featured events at the College? Check On the Horizon each week for a list of events selected by students for students.

Join a Student Club!

Joining a club is a way to enhance your college experience. Clubs are organized by students according to specialized fields of interest, academic majors, personal interest, or special service to the college or community.

Student Senate

Learn more about how Student Senate represents and supports you!

Watch past Creative Arts and Design events!
Creative Arts and Design Students in Action!
Choir practicing with piano accompaniment
Student sculpting animal in clay
Student painting in art class
Students rehearsing theater performance on stage
Students working on ceramics projects in art classroom
Student singing into microphone in recording studio
Dance performance
Jazz Ensemble performing on stage
Students working on mural
Students working on wood crafts
Do any of these describe you?
  • I like to create things or imagine new ideas.
  • I prefer working in unstructured environments.
  • I like to express myself through different mediums.
  • I'm excited to make things that inform or entertain people.
  • I enjoy being around creative individuals.
  • I'm an independent, original or innovative thinker.
  • I enjoy communicating ideas.
  • I'm excited to interpret other people's art.
  • I find working with a team to produce something rewarding.
  • I like to perform in front of others.

If so, you may be interested in a career in Creative Arts and Design.

Not sure? See the characteristics of the other CAPs.

I enjoy achieving goals through quality team work.

I like working in a structured environment.

I enjoy working with my hands.

I feel satisfied when I see the results of my hands-on work.

I am willing to take risks.

I like working with money and finances.

I feel accomplished when I make order out of chaos.

I enjoy leading, motivating, supporting and influencing those around me.

I prefer to manage and support projects.

I want to start my own business or nonprofit.

I am interested in how to strategize and negotiate.

I aim to understand the world we live in.

I enjoy helping people learn, heal and grow.

It's fun for me to learn about different cultures.

I am multilingual or desire to be.

I enjoy communicating ideas or data.

I like playing with words and writing.

I often ask why things happen in society.

I find myself advocating for others.

I like making a difference.

I debate and discuss different topics.

I enjoy analyzing beyond the surface level.

I'm action oriented.

I care about the wellbeing and safety of others.

I value order, standards and routines.

I like providing service to others.

I enjoy teaching, counseling or training.

I am organized.

I enjoy solving problems.

I am interested in how the body works.

I can remain calm in stressful situations.

I'm curious about how the universe works.

I like using my mind to solve problems, especially if it involves using math or science.

I am drawn to nature and the natural world.

It's fun for me to take things apart to understand how they work.

I thrive in self-directed environments.

I find it rewarding to figure out complicated problems and intellectual challenges.

I enjoy developing theories or hypotheses.

I like to study, conduct research, or work in a lab.

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Want to transfer faster?

Interested in transferring to CSUMB? Learn how the Cabrillo 2+2 CSUMB program can help you get there faster!

Ready to get started?
Find the suggested map of courses for your program.
Questions or want to change your CAP?
Academic Counselors are here to help! Services are being provided remotely.
Resources for Creative Arts and Design Students
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El Patio Outdoor Study Space

Looking for a quiet study space with wifi access? Students can now reserve study space at the Watsonville Center!

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Student Clubs

Join a Student Club to connect with students who share your interests.

Student Senate

The Student Senate meets every Thursday and we want to hear from you! Have ideas about activities the senate should consider? Want to weigh in on a topic- like Cabrillo name change exploration, Hunger Free Campus initiatives, in person vs online classes, general COVID news, etc? Come join the weekly conversation, meet your senate representatives, and be heard... and see where things go from there. These meetings are open to the public and may have information items about community resources as well.

Meetings resume in Fall semester.

Learning Communities

Consider if a Learning Community is a good fit for your goals.

Learning Communities

Keep up with the latest Performing Arts Events.

Performing Arts Events

Connect with the Computer Technology Center for help with Digital Media homework. (Services are available remotely!)

Computer Technology Center

Connect with the HUB Learning Resource Center or the Integrated Learning Center for help with additional subjects. (Services are available remotely!)

Learning Centers

Want help with your English or reading skills? Try these support courses to get off to a great start:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL): ¡Aprende inglés hoy!
  • Reading: Improve your reading skills
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Public Art at Cabrillo

Art is all around us! Find out more about the art and artists.