Discover an Interdisciplinary Artist Community
CCA’s Graduate Program in Fine Arts challenges you to take your work to a higher level through rigorous practice and a robust exchange of ideas with an engaged and diverse artistic community. As your work evolves, you will gain a deeper understanding of the dynamic relationships among art, culture, and society.
Find Your Place in Contemporary Art Practice
Immerse yourself in a single medium or work across multiple disciplines, including ceramics, glass, jewelry, metal arts, media arts, painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and textiles. Choose to focus on studio practice or social practice, where you can explore diverse strategies that cross into public spheres.
Expand Your Critical Thinking & Creative Practice
Through in-depth investigations of material and theory, you’ll explore current artistic practices and cultural issues with some of the nation’s leading artists and critical thinkers. Our Fine Arts faculty -- professionals who have exhibited and curated in public and private venues as well as international biennials -- will give you the necessary conceptual context in which to create and sustain your art practice.
Our Graduate Studies Lecture Series brings to campus speakers who represent diverse viewpoints and exemplify the vast array of discourse and modes of production available to you.
Another vital resource is the acclaimed CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, which presents groundbreaking international exhibitions.
Build a Lasting Career in the Arts
The diverse and dynamic San Francisco Bay Area is home to an extraordinary number of alternative, municipal, and artist-run exhibition spaces as well as distinguished regional and national museums. Whether you’re collaborating with one of the many Bay Area arts organizations, exhibiting at a local alternative space, or working as a mentored teaching assistant, you’ll be acquiring the relevant experience and building strong networks to prepare for life beyond graduate school.
BARCLAY SIMPSON AWARD
View the catalogue, 25 Years of the Barclay Simpson Award, to celebrate an entire generation of well-deserving graduating CCA artists.