Bold & Innovative

CCA’s innovative curriculum prepares students for a wide variety of careers in the arts. Many CCA students have an entrepreneurial bent and go on to start their own businesses.

Wrestle Through the Creative Process

Through her Fight Therapy videos, photographs, and watercolors, alumna Melissa Wyman (MFA 2008) involves people—partners, friends, and family members—wrestling, then talking about their experiences. The series emerged out of Wyman's 15-year interest in jiu-jitsu. Read the feature »

Weave New Territories in Art History

Alumna Ruth Laskey (MFA Painting 2005) was among the four winners of the 2010 SECA Art Award, which is administered by SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art), one of SFMOMA's auxiliaries. The signature award honors Bay Area artists who are working independently at a high level of artistic maturity. Read the feature »

Design a Multifaceted Company for Broader Client Appeal

Robin Terra (Graphic Design 1985) has her own multidisciplinary design firm, Terra Studio, which creates communication messaging and design for a wide variety of clients, from entrepreneurial startups to established businesses. Her artist, designer, writer, and corporate clients have included the artist Lava Thomas (a CCA alum), Random House, and the first all-digital magazine, Greenlight Digital. Read the feature »

Foster Change by Building Bikes

Nick Riddle's Industrial Design course titled "Bike Building I: The Frame" focuses on traditional principles and techniques of bicycle frame building, leading students through the process of researching, designing, crafting, and manufacturing a custom bike. The course successfully illustrated how craft and technology influences evolving social needs, user demands, and civic infrastructure. Read the feature »