Professional Development

Professional development is a more recent area of focus for CCA's Office of Special Programs.

Our current offerings include classes and workshops customized to a company's needs, a six-month, low-residency Leading by Design Fellows Program for senior professionals and business managers, and an Urban Mobility program for bike design enthusiasts.

Professional development is a growing area of our curriculum. Check back often for new opportunities.

The Design of Wearables

Join us July 24 to August 9 on the San Francisco campus for three weeks of classes, workshops, meetups, and panels that explore the design of wearables, one of the fastest-growing tech/design trends today!

Architecture: Formations Summer Workshops

The Formations Summer workshops are offered for current CCA students and members of the professional architecture community.

A series of one-week workshops are planned August 4-15, 2014, that focus on introductory topics of drawing, modelmaking, parametric design, and digital fabrication.

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Registration begins April 21, 2014, and can be completed online or by downloading and completing a registration form.

Please choose the appropriate course section according to your status as a current student (e.g., 100 Drawings/Students) or working professional (e.g., 100 Drawings/Prof Dev).

Students must bring their student ID to class on the first day.

Leading by Design Fellows Program

Leading by Design Fellows Program is a low-residency certificate program that provides a highly immersive, creative educational experience for senior professionals and business managers who want to accelerate and deepen their capacity to innovate, solve complex problems, and lead positive change.

Urban Mobility Program

CCA's Urban Mobility Program offers summer courses in bike frame-building techniques. Look for additional courses with this curricular emphasis in the future.

Customized Programs for Companies

CCA's Office of Special Programs can design customized classes/workshops to develop and strengthen employee skills within your company.

Customized programs have included

  • An Ideation Sketching class, for the design team of a national clothing and accessories retailer, scheduled Friday afternoons on our San Francisco campus
  • Software-specific workshops, for designers from a national paper products and gifts retailer, scheduled in a two-day workshop format during the week on our Oakland campus
  • Two- and three-day Sustainability Practices workshops for fashion industry professionals

In addition to developing the curriculum, we can also make arrangements for food and beverages to ensure the success of your company's offsite experience.

To discuss customized programming for your company, please contact Nina Sadek, Dean of Special Programs: 510.594.3773,