Explore what’s possible as a graduate student

You’re ready for graduate school. Now the big decision is where to go. In CCA’s distinguished programs, you’ll expand the possibilities of your practice, grow as an individual, and uniquely connect with professionals who can help you take your work to the next level. Here, we’ll show you how.

Why CCA?

Join a group of scholars empowered by action

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CCA graduate students engage aesthetic issues and cultural challenges amid a community of scholars intent on making meaningful work. Our pedagogy values both theory and practice, so we spend as much time in essential critical discourse as we do in the studios, labs, and workshops.

The added benefit of this hands-on education? It all happens in the Bay Area, the global center of culture, technology, and innovation, and a destination for the most forward-thinking minds in myriad fields.

What We Do

Pursue purposeful work in a city leading global innovation

Going to graduate school affords you the time and space to develop your work and accelerate your skills. At CCA, you’ll have distinctive opportunities to make the most of this investment: expert guidance, professional connections, hybrid-making opportunities, raw materials, and hands-on experiences.

Learn from a diverse faculty of professional practitioners

Our professors are accomplished educators, scholars, professional practitioners, and researchers. Just like our student population, diversity of faculty is important to us: 33% of tenure-track and tenured faculty identify as people of color, and 47% of tenure track and tenured faculty are female-identifying (49% overall).

Virtual Events & Lectures

Connect with internationally acclaimed talent in your field

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Visiting practitioners complement curricular work

CCA fosters a vibrant environment for graduate students to collaborate, network, and socialize. Our programs are also designed to encourage students to explore the opportunities and resources uniquely available in the Bay Area.

More than 150 art shows, talks, exhibitions, and events on campus each year foster meaningful dialogue among students and the wider community, and many graduate programs host their own events, exhibitions, and lecture series, including those at CCA’s premier exhibition space, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.

CCA Events Calendar

Many upcoming events in our virtual spaces are free and open to the public, including guest lectures and presentations by our graduate programs; weekly chats with faculty from various divisions; and alumni panels and presentations.

Graduate Admissions Events

Register now for valuable informational events for prospective graduate students, including Q+As with program chairs, current students, alumni, and faculty; discussions with admissions and financial aid counselors; and guided virtual tours of our campuses.


Get support throughout the application process

Connect one-on-one with a graduate counselor

We can answer your questions about CCA, provide information about your graduate program of interest, arrange a campus visit, explain the application process, and much more. Reach out anytime!

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Graduate Admissions

+1 415-703-9537 (call, text)

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