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Community

Our community of makers and innovators work together and inspire each other to tap into the true potential of art and design.

An environment designed to inspire artists

CCA students are exposed to hands-on learning in a professional environment where award-winning faculty guide them to create their best work. We extend this support system beyond the classroom by organizing events and exhibitions that foster meaningful dialogue among visiting artists, students, faculty, and the local community through more than 150 events each year.

CCA values family

We value the essential role parents, guardians, and families play in supporting a student’s journey at CCA, and we encourage you to continue to play a role in the education and development of your student over the next few years.

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CCA students during class at the Curatorial Research Bureau.

A campus immersed in local culture

CCA has innovative facilities for students to learn their craft in the Bay Area’s thriving art and design communities. From our fine arts studios in the up-and-coming Dogpatch neighborhood to our Curatorial Research Bureau embedded within the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), CCA offers a unique learning environment for all types of student artists.

Connect with people like you

Student organizations are a large part of what drives the culture and creativity at CCA. By working collaboratively toward a shared goal, we can achieve more while creating a vibrant campus environment. With over a dozen student organizations, there’s an opportunity for every kind of artist and designer to explore their interests and make new friends and connections.

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Students at the 2018 MFA Thesis Exhibition.

Life on campus

Campus life means you’re never far from one of our exhibition spaces or campus events. From international potlucks to arts and crafts fairs, we host events all year long to keep you inspired and afford you opportunities to showcase your best work.

Plus, our wide selection of residence halls are located on or adjacent to our campuses, and they’re surrounded by everything a student needs. You’ll have easy access to world-renowned galleries and museums for inspiration as well as everything you need for your more basic needs, like Philz coffee, art and drafting supplies, and more.

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Admissions associate working with potential students to understand the programs offered at CCA.

Support in and out of the classroom

We have support systems in place to help students excel during their time at CCA and beyond. Our academic advisors can help you reach your academic, personal, and professional goals. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of all the resources our Career Development team has to offer, including job fairs, networking opportunities, portfolio and resume prep, interview coaching, and more.

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Students' performance art work during the 2017 MFA Open Studios.

Curriculum built on experience

Our team of faculty are prominent practitioners and scholars who create curricula based on real-world experience, with a track record of producing positive career outcomes for students.

And with a diverse faculty composition—including the highest percentage of full-time faculty of color and one of the higher percentages of women faculty than any school in our peer group—CCA can offer students a broader spectrum of experience and expertise.

Join a network of creative peers

Alumnus Hoang and Anh Nguyen during a creative SketchingLab session.

Join a network of creative peers

CCA alumni play an essential role in maintaining strong community ties and building creative and professional networks. Our Alumni Association includes more than 20,000 active members engaged in the fields of art, architecture, design, writing, arts administration, nonprofit organizations, and more. In roles as leaders, contributors, ambassadors, and connectors, alumni help us maintain bridges to the past and reach wider audiences for greater social impact. By showing us what’s possible, you inspire our way forward.

Alumni members champion many collegewide initiatives and activities. From offering career and mentorship opportunities to new grads and fellow alumni, to opening meaningful pathways to engage at events, our alumni lend their leadership and financial resources to carry forward the important work of CCA’s community. We honor and appreciate the many ways alumni support the college and its students. Let us know how you’d like to participate by filling out this questionnaire.

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Access special alumni benefits

Are you a CCA alum? We offer many ways to connect with the college, former classmates, current students, faculty, and other members of CCA’s vibrant community. Joining CCA’s Alumni Association is free, and anyone who has completed at least two semesters is eligible. Update your contact information to take advantage of all alumni benefits, such as:

  • Vend your wares for free at our biannual CCA Arts and Crafts Fair
  • Show your work and sell it to the world from the Shop CCA store directory
  • Attend public programs, such as lectures, exhibitions, events, and more
  • A lifetime CCA email address
  • Our biannual alumni magazine Glance and triannual Alumni Notes publications
  • Access to the CCA Library collections and resources
  • Discounts at organizations and retailers, such as Kala Art Institute, Artist & Craftsman Supply, FLAX Art Supply, Sports Basement, and more
Stay in touch

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Socialize and stay in touch

You’ll find CCA alumni all over, influencing and making culture. Next time you’re in town, check out alumni-run spaces in the Bay Area, including galleries, project spaces, nonprofits, publishers, presses, and more. Looking for more ways to get involved? Learn about our Alumni Association’s leadership, attend CCA galas and events, and socialize with your creative peers in our 1907 Club for young alumni and Half-Century Club for those who graduated over 50 years ago.

We love hearing from you. Have an update to share or an idea to pitch? Get in touch by submitting an Alumni Note or emailing us at [email protected].

Postal address
Alumni Association
California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107-2247

Giulietta Wertz-Best

Alumni & Parent Engagement Manager

+1 510-594-3788

[email protected]

Lisa Jonas

Senior Manager of Alumni and Parent Engagement

+1 415-703-9595

[email protected]

Connecting students to industry

CCA helps students bring their talents to various industries through collaborations with the world’s most exciting companies. With a focus on positive social and environmental change, our students can connect with like-minded organizations to create art that makes the world a better place.

Sample of current partners

  • American Craft Council
  • Audi
  • Autodesk
  • Citrix
  • Design Within Reach
  • FOR-SITE Foundation
  • Institute for the Future
  • Port of Oakland
  • Visa
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Student at the 2017 CCA Career Expo.

Collaborate with CCA

Whether it’s a one- to three-day sprint, a one- to three-week workshop, or a project lasting over three months, our engagement opportunities align with the varying resources of our partner companies and institutions. To learn more about how to engage with CCA, please contact Karen Weber.

Karen Weber

Senior Director of Engagement and Institutional Partnerships

+1 415-703-9555

[email protected]

Center for Impact at CCA

Concentrating on positive social and environmental change, the Center for Impact at CCA builds strong connections with the campus community and external partners, while expanding CCA’s positive social impact through projects, innovative resources, and technologies that serve to inspire creative thinking.

The Center is a networked hub that dynamically connects the community. We shape meaningful and transformative experiences for our diverse students and partners, which in turn deliver creative thinking, new approaches, and ingenious solutions to seemingly intractable problems.

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Students at the annual Chimerapalooza event.

Never miss a beat

Whether it’s a special solo exhibition, an annual art fair, or some breaking news on campus, CCA works hard to keep you in the loop so you can be more involved and have a stronger sense of connection and community.

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