Bill and Leila Cilker School of Art and Design

Masterclass with Che Visiting Artist Yuan Yuan Tan | Monday, April 17
Masterclass with Yuan Yuan Tan

Bill & Leila Cilker School of Art & Design at West Valley College invites you to an exclusive opportunity to take a master class with Yuan Yuan Tan, principal dancer with the San Francisco Ballet.

2023 Annual Performing Arts Gala | Saturday, April 29
Performing Arts Gala 2023

Our annual fundraiser: 100% of proceeds support student scholarships.

Enjoy an exclusive pre-show reception during West Valley’s Annual Performing Arts Gala featuring live music, hors d’oeuvres, hosted bar, and VIP seating for our musical production.

Second Annual Art & Design Expo | May 18-19
Saev the Date | Art and Design Expo Spring 2023

Fashion show is on Friday, May 19 at 8:30 PM.

Welcome to the Bill and Leila School of Art and Design

As the newly appointed Dean of The Cilker School of Art and Design, I am committed to the mission of West Valley College and nurturing the role that creatives play in meaningful culture change. Cilker SoAD continues to be a vibrant and accessible educational destination that will play a vital role in systemic industry, community, and cultural transformation both locally and globally in the 21st century.

My vision for a world-class community college of art and design is one that exposes students to both cutting-edge technology and critical thinking in an environment of critique and curiosity. This approach feeds student’s imagination and nurtures their creativity long after leaving West Valley College to ensure a lasting and fulfilling career. I strive to support student success by building bridges to the industry through internships, apprenticeships, and placements; and will dedicate myself to solidifying articulation agreements to renown art and design universities globally. My goal is to create programs that prepare students to enter the workforce, continue their education through transfer, and excel as WVC alumni in competitive industries by offering an internationally recognized art and design education with low cost and high impact.

With gratitude for the dedicated faculty, generous support from Bill and Leila Cilker, and the enthusiastic commitment to Art & Design from Chancellor Davis, President Kashima, and WVC's leadership team; the coming years will see new facilities, programs, and partnerships that draw on the Bay Area’s reputation as a place to innovate in the spaces of technology and sustainability. Please join us as we Create Culture Change and follow our journey @wvccilkersoad!

Shannon Price, Dean

West Valley College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

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Last Updated 3/23/23