With the support of a National Science Foundation grant, CCA has developed an innovative approach to support science education in the art and design studio. In 2015, the MUSE project, Mobile Units for Scientific Exploration, was installed in Simpson Library - a storage, display, and work site for the college’s science equipment collection. In 2022 the collection was moved to Hubbell Classroom 141. Please visit the library to ask about access.
MUSE is designed to specifically support CCA's science instructors with “kits” that are flexible enough to provide equipment, materials, and supplies that can expand students’ knowledge of physical and life sciences. The units are also available to any CCA faculty member or student who attends training workshops on their use.
The MUSE and library installation were designed by students in an upper-division Furniture Production class under the guidance of Russell Baldon (chair, CCA Furniture) and visiting professor Allan Wexler (Parsons the New School).
In collaboration with Mara Holt Skov, industrial design faculty, CCA libraries have assembled an Object Collection for use in the classroom. The intent is to create a collection of iconic objects representing a range of trends in design history, giving students an opportunity to study all the qualities of the objects: weight, materiality, ergonomic factors, etc.
The collection is still being developed. Currently there are two themed collections available for use:
Machine Art: based on the 1934 Machine Art exhibition at MoMA
This collection shows how industrially produced forms and materials have defined modern, machine age aesthetics. Items incude:
Blobjects: Based on the 2005 exhibition Blobjects & Beyond: The New Fluidity in Design at the San Jose Museum