Fall 2020 Showcase

Discover work by students graduating this fall from CCA’s Architecture, Design, Fine Arts, and Humanities + Sciences divisions through a virtual showcase, end-of-year experiences reimagined for virtual presentation, and stories on our social media.


Engage with work by a remarkable group of students

Fall 2020 graduates from the college’s Architecture, Design, Fine Arts, and Humanities + Sciences divisions have stayed on course to complete their degrees. That is remarkable at any time, but it feels especially profound at the end of this tumultuous year. These students have continued their studies, reached their capstone moment, and finished their thesis projects in the face of unprecedented circumstances and difficult events. We couldn’t be more proud of the steadfastness to their form despite all that 2020 wrought.

Their work is worth seeing now. The Fall 2020 Showcase is a virtual recognition of these extraordinary students and a presentation of their excellence. It is a space to honor their hard work throughout their studies and show the scope of their intellectual curiosity and creative action, empowered by CCA’s dynamic learning-through-making educational model. As you explore their final projects, we hope you’ll be as wowed as we are.


Celebrating students from Architecture, Design, Fine Arts, and Humanities + Sciences


Experimental making through emerging technologies

Our graduating students from the Architecture division work across a range of media and collaborate with makers in other creative disciplines to develop cutting-edge environments, innovate future building materials, and engage with important questions about the spaces we inhabit and create.


Hands-on investigations informed by a spirit of inquiry

Our graduating students from the Design division are driven by an ambition to develop solutions and shaped by theory, deep practice, emerging forms, and new technologies. Their culminating projects engage with current global challenges and prepare to tackle those taking shape now.

Fine Arts

Boundary-challenging practices immersed in critical thinking

Our graduating students from the Fine Arts division see art as a vessel for proposing new ideas and bridging connections across disciplines, dialogues, and communities. Their practices draw inspiration from the Bay Area and are socially engaged in a universal, multivoiced perspective—so they can continue to push boundaries as cultural dynamics evolve.

Humanities + Sciences

Distinctive, interdisciplinary critique for social transformation

Our graduating students from Humanities + Sciences draw upon innovative and multicultural modes of storytelling to explore and expand creative impact. From literature to comics to critical compositions in various forms, their work strives to observe and participate in social transformation and engage with urgent issues.


Dive deeper with related programming

To accommodate socially distanced idea sharing and community building, several academic programs within the Design and Fine Arts divisions have reimagined traditional end-of-year experiences and events. Throughout these satellite websites and time-based presentations, you’ll find lectures, readings, digital collections, and more.


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March 3, 2021

Now that's what we call "hands-on learning." Leave a comment with a 👋, 👍, 🙌 , or 🤚 to give a show of hands of who misses being in the shop with us. ⁠

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March 2, 2021

“I create pieces for specific areas of the body where anxiety and self-hate form,” says Kirra Teal Hellfritsch (@literal_rustic), a Jewelry + Metal Arts student. “Negative obsessions are turned into a focused physical manifestation, where the experience of creating something wearable for that place on the body becomes a form of therapy."⁠⁠
On view now in the 2021 CCA Scholarship Exhibition! 🔗 Tap the link in bio to explore the online presentation. ⁠⁠
#CCArts #metalsmith

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March 1, 2021

California College of the Arts condemns acts of violence and discrimination against Asians and Asian Americans, and denounces the racism and rhetoric that feed them. As creative citizens and caring members of the CCA community, we must stand in solidarity with those among us who are experiencing trauma, grief, or fear, and understand that violence against Asians and Asian American communities is an assault against us all.⁠

Here are ways to take action:⁠
➡️ Spread awareness to your family, friends, and followers⁠

➡️ Report incidents you have witnessed or experienced ⁠

➡️ Support organization and advocacy groups like Asian Pacific Environmental Network (@apenn4ej), AAPI Women Lead (@aapiwomenlead), Chinese for Affirmative Action (@caasanfrancisco), and Chinese Progressive Association. ⁠

➡️ Sign the petition from @asianamericancollective to help push for more media coverage on these anti-Asian incidents.⁠

⬆️ Visit the link in bio to read our full statement from President Beal and find resources available to CCA students and community members. ⁠

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Feb. 26, 2021

We’re welcoming the future with a nod to the past ✨ Have you seen the Founders Hall Mural yet? Located in the building’s foyer, the mural is a celebration of our students through the many eras of the college’s history. Fun fact: It was composed by CCA’s Design Director Joel Gregory, using selections from the CCA/C Digital Archives.

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