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Faculty Spotlight: BCC’s Rachel Mercy Simpson Receives AACC Faculty Innovation Award

24 April 2017

The American Association of Community Colleges has awarded its 2017 Faculty Innovation Award to Berkeley City College’s Rachel Mercy Simpson. The award recognizes faculty across the country who have demonstrated leadership in the development and implementation of campus programs that have had a positive impact on the learning experience for students.

As co-chair of BCC’s Multi Media Arts department, Simpson is credited with promoting a culture of collaboration and inclusion and for piloting interactive teaching techniques that engage students in teamwork. BCC President Rowena Tomaneng said, “I have observed her passion for student equity and social justice, and she is constantly looking for ways to provide more access to students of color who are interested in pursuing careers in multi-media arts.” According to Tomaneng, Simpson’s influence on student learning is apparent. “The tone of the work produced by her students reflects the spirit of unity, caring and passion that she brings to this campus,” she said.

But Simpson’s work extends further than the classroom. Simpson organized a Multimedia Faculty Retreat where faculty learned how implicit biases could impact grading and expectations. Simpson invited students to share their experiences of prejudice and relay best practices that enabled them to succeed. She also designed several faculty trainings on how to engage students across varied experiences.

Since 2009, Simpson has been instrumental in transforming BCC’s Multimedia Arts program by developing a challenging and rigorous curriculum that focuses on sharpening technical skills while working as teams and mastering communication skills. Today, BCC’s Multimedia Arts program is one that is well respected by industry professionals who allow students to apply their learning beyond the classroom.

“My goal as co-chair of the Multimedia Department has been to create a top-notch community college media program that employs the arts as a gateway to rigorous and engaging academic and technical work, and to serve our diverse student body in preparing them for transfer and sustainable careers,” Simpson said.

Simpson was recognized for her award by AACC at its 97th annual convention in New Orleans on April, 24, 2017. Joining her at the ceremony were Board Vice President Meredith Brown and her husband Guy Bryant, Chancellor Jowel Laguerre and Berkeley City College President Rowena Tomaneng. Congratulations, Rachel!


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Student Spotlight – Rachel Harkleroad

9 October 2015


Berkeley City College student Rachel Harkleroad takes time out of her busy schedule to talk with Peralta TV about her passion for video game development.

Berkeley City College’s Multimedia Arts Program prepares people for entry-level jobs in multimedia and provides skills-upgrading for those already employed in multimedia jobs.

The program is interdisciplinary and focuses on developing fine art, critical thinking, and computer skills.

The Bay Area is a hot bed for the gaming and tech industry, you can get the skills needed to be part of the gaming industry right here at Berkeley City College!

To see what Multimedia Arts courses we have to offer at Berkeley City College, please visit:

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Academic Excellence – Gaming & VR at Berkeley City College

15 June 2015



Berkeley City College’s Multimedia Arts Program prepares people for entry-level jobs in multimedia and provides skills-upgrading for those already employed in multimedia jobs.

The program is interdisciplinary and focuses on developing fine art, critical thinking, and computer skills.

The Bay Area is a hot bed for the gaming and tech industry. Virtual reality is the newest developing technology and you can get the skills to be a part of the next boom right here at Berkeley City College!

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Multimedia Student Showcase at Berkeley City College, May 2

29 April 2014

5324_proof_v2The Multimedia Department at Berkeley City College cordially invites you to attend this year’s Multimedia Student Showcase at Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street in Downtown Berkeley on Friday, May 2, 2014. Doors open at 6pm.

This year’s showcase features digital printing, digital photography and fine art, as well as 2D/3D animation and live action video. Our special guests are Tom Miller from Pixar and filmmaker Paige Bierma.

Tom Miller has been a set artist and technical director at Pixar Animation Studios for the past 12 years, working on such films as Cars, The Incredibles and Up.

Paige Bierma is an award-winning video producer, journalist, documentary filmmaker and an Alumna of the BCC Multimedia Arts Video Production Program. Her latest documentary, A Brush with the Tenderloin, aired on KQED’s “Truly California” series and then won an Emmy Award in June 2013.

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Berkeley City College Multimedia Arts Students Win Awards for “Inspire Berkeley” Billboard Designs

15 May 2013

Inspire Berkeley

Berkeley City College multimedia arts students Marilia Lobo and Kaylin Warren are first and second place winners, respectively of Inspire Oakland’s (and Inspire Berkeley’s), collaborative billboard design contest sponsored by Oakland Digital (ODALC). The contest is co-sponsored by the City of Oakland, CBS Outdoor, Améredia, Oaklandish, Cal State East Bay and the Peralta Colleges. Lobo, a student in Michel Bohbot’s Survey of Digital Imaging (MMART 130) class, will see her design appear on University Ave. in Berkeley.

Marilia Lobo“I’m studying animation at Berkeley City College, but I graduated in Industrial Design, Visual Programming in Brazil, and I would be sooooo happy to get an internship with ODALC,” first place winner Lobo said. “For my billboard art I tried to embrace all the elements that represent Berkeley to me; the bear is the California symbol, and also it’s the UC Berkeley mascot. He is with a megaphone because UC Berkeley was the stage where very important movements such as women rights and free speech took place in the 60’s.”

Warren ‘s billboard inspiration was the downtown Berkeley BART station. “I remember when I first started going to Berkeley City College, that first time I came up that escalator and stood in that circle, I did a full 360 turn just so I could soak everything in,” she recalled. “You know that any time you come to Berkeley there’s going to be an adventure because of the many possibilities and things that it has to offer.” The artist used cool tones and colors to represent Berkeley’s “chilled, laid back” atmosphere. She also thought that the BART station represented Berkeley residents’ affinity for using public transportation.

Kaylin Warren“I used layered textures to give it a mystical, magical feel because e Berkeley is like my own Diagon Alley (Harry Potter); it has so many hidden treasures and hideaways you never know what you’re going to find,” Warren explained. “It’s hard to put in words but Berkeley is something that you have to experience yourself because that’s just what it is, an experience. Just don’t forget to wear your walking shoes… ”

Each year, Oakland Digital invites local community members to participate in “Inspire Oakland,” and “Inspire Berkeley,” contests which encourages interest in graphic design and information technologies through creative expression. Project’s goal is to promote a positive image of Oakland that unites and inspires its diverse population, while encouraging young talent to jumpstart their digital media careers.
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The background’s boldness is to represent the present and retro kind of look for the past. It is colorful, because I have never seen a place that holds so much diversity in a positive way as Berkeley has. Berkeley is a colorful, creative and engaged melting pot; people who live there tend to make the difference in the society.

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The Peralta Colleges Add 200 New Classes For Spring Semester – Students Urged to Enroll Now!

10 January 2013

To meet increased demand, the Peralta Colleges–Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland–have added 200 new classes for the spring 2013 semester.

The courses are filling up quickly, and students need to enroll now to ensure they get the classes they need. Classes start January 22, 2013.

The added classes include English, Math, Biology, Business, Biotechnology, Multimedia Arts, Music, Art, Social Science, Ethnic Studies, Political Science, ESL, Environmental, Dance and other areas of study.

After years of state-imposed budget cuts that resulted in fewer classes, the passage of Proposition 30 in November made it possible for the Peralta Colleges to add additional classes for the spring semester. This will enable the colleges to accommodate 700 more full-time students.

To enroll in the classes, students should check the Peralta Community College District online class schedule at, and sign up for classes as quickly as possible.

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