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.
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.
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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: 40% of tenure-track and tenured faculty identify as people of color, and 47% of tenure-track and tenured faculty are female-identifying (as of November 2022).
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.
Graduate admissions events
Register now for valuable informational events for prospective graduate students, including Q+As with program chairs, current students, alumni, and faculty and discussions with admissions and financial aid counselors.
CCA Public Programming
Many upcoming lectures, screenings, and events in our virtual spaces are free and open to the public, including weekly chats with faculty from various divisions. View the exhibitions and public programming calendar.
National Portfolio Day
At National Portfolio Day, admissions professionals from art and design colleges across the country meet with you individually and give valuable feedback on your application portfolio. Here’s when you can meet CCA in-person or at an online NPD event.
+1 415-548-2271 (call, text)[email protected]
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! Schedule an appointment.
Access support through live chat
We’re available to answer your questions via live chat on Discord. Every Friday from 9 am-11 am PT, we’ll be hosting live chat "office hours," when you’ll be able to get answers to your questions in real time from a CCA admissions counselor.
Post your questions during our office hours to get immediate answers to your questions about CCA's graduate programs and the admissions process or post your questions for response at a later time. If you can't make our normal admissions appointment hours or just have a quick question, this is a great way to get your questions answered and see what other students are asking.
To access chat, you can request access with this form, and we’ll follow up with the link to join.