6601 Shellmound Street
Emeryville, CA 94608
Ex’pression College for Digital Arts is a private, for-profit college located in Emeryville, California. They educate future professionals through an intensive, accelerated, and hands-on program that emulates the working environments of growing industries within the entertainment industry, such as film, mobile applications, video games, advertising, and more. Students can complete their Bachelor’s Degrees in less than three years and begin their careers in a wide range of media, technology, entertainment, and design fields. They are also known for their around-the-clock schedule and five week classes. They currently offer six Bachelors of Applied Science degrees: 1) Animation and Visual Effects, 2) Digital Filmmaking, 3) Game Art & Design, 4) Interactive Audio, 5) Motion Graphic Design and 6) Sound Arts. Ex’pression awards bachelor’s degrees after 36 months (two and a half years) of accelerated education.
Ex’pression College for Digital Arts was founded by Gary Platt, a sound recording engineer and educator, and Eckart Wintzen, a Dutch venture capitalist and media arts enthusiast. A 65,000-square-foot (6,000 m2) building was purchased in Emeryville, California to house a new school to be called “Ex’pression Center for New Media”. Ex’pression hired architect John Storyk, to help design the facility which houses the school. Building began in November 1998.
On September 9, 1998, Ex’pression received temporary approval from the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education (BPPVE) to operate, and to offer course instruction in digital visual media and sound comprehensive programs. The BPPVE granted Ex’pression temporary approvals to operate and offer diploma, associates and bachelor degree programs in September 1998. In January 2001, Ex’pression was granted approval to operate, and renewed the approval to operate in October 2005.