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Get to know CCA alum Andrew Perkins, a furniture designer who has expanded his horizons with his company, Fire Road

Graduating from CCA with a BFA in Furniture Design in 2011, Andrew Perkins has started his own successful business creating home accents of unparalleled quality.

A red spiral graphic against a black background with two white dots indicates the path and stops along the way for CCA alumni.

Press release / Nov. 20, 2023

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents Mexican artist Rodrigo Hernández’s first U.S. solo exhibition

CCA and CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts proudly presents Rodrigo Hernández: with what eyes?, a new solo exhibition by the acclaimed Mexican artist Rodrigo Hernández.

Rodrigo Hernández, with what eyes #9, 2023.


Explore our growing campus in San Francisco with a sneak peak of what’s coming in 2024

See what our campus life and makerspaces look like today and get a preview of our soon-to-open expansion project.

Arial view of the construction of CCA's new Double Ground building with the words "Expanding Possibilities" on it.


Five reasons a STEM-designated program at an art school might be right for you

Combine art and design with technology and science to impact change and grow your career in CCA’s STEM-designated graduate programs.

A large pencil shaped apparatus 3D prints a small undulating structure with clay.

Media coverage / Nov. 10, 2023

Artist profile on Nathan Lynch Chair of the Ceramics Program at CCA

Square Cylinder profiles CCA faculty Nathan Lynch, highlighting his arts background and upbringing, the evolution of his artistic expression, and the humor behind his sculptures.

Ceramic sculptor Nathan Lynch w/Speech Aboard the Iceberg, 2021, glazed ceramic, 44 x 28 x  284 inches.

Media coverage / Nov. 8, 2023

CCA listed as one of the five best colleges near Marin County, CA

According to, CCA is a premier art and design school that fosters a community of creative thinkers and innovators.

Exterior view of the front of CCA's main building.

Media coverage / Oct. 30, 2023

CCA alumni Arleene Correa Valencia's luminous art reflects the family strains of Mexican migration

Catherine Clark Gallery showcases Arleene Correa Valencia's (MFA Fine Arts 2020) exhibit, Naces Así, Naces Prieto. No Naces Blanco, inspired by letters exchanged with her father during their separation.

Arleene Correa Valencia, 'Papalotl: Sonadores En Busqueda de Amor Papalotl: Dreams In Search of Love,' 2022. Repurposed textiles on pink canvas.


Browse new books for fall from CCA writers, thinkers, and illustrators

From children’s titles exploring identity to comics on the subject of a certain controversial author to the psychedelic visual style, add new books to your library from CCA faculty and alumni.


Media coverage / Oct. 25, 2023

San Francisco Chronicle features CCA's new presidential announcement

San Francisco Chronicle introduces David C. Howse as CCA's new president, highlighting his arts background, future prospects, campus expansion, and more.

David C. Howse poses against a dark background wearing glasses and a suit.

Media coverage / Oct. 25, 2023

KQED highlights the successful track record of CCA's new president

KQED emphasizes David C. Howse’s past achievements like securing over $40 million in fundraising for Boston’s Emerson College and his personal background in music.

David C. Howse is the new president of California College of the Arts.

Media coverage / Oct. 25, 2023

Boston Globe announces Howse's leave from ArtsEmerson to his new position as CCA's president

Boston Globe highlights David C. Howse's successful tenure at Emerson College and his new position as president at CCA.

David C. Howse, executive director of ArtsEmerson and vice president of Emerson College’s Office of the Arts, is leaving the school to become president of the California College of the Arts.

Press release / Oct. 25, 2023

David C. Howse appointed president of California College of the Arts

Following an extensive search, CCA is pleased to announce David C. Howse as the 10th president of the college.

David C. Howse in a suit and tie, confidently standing with his arms crossed, exuding professionalism and authority.

Media coverage / Oct. 16, 2023

CCA Photography professor Marcel Pardo Ariza's exhibition Orquídeas becomes a trans sanctuary on 500 Capp Street

With the exhibition Orquídeas, Professor Marcel Pardo Ariza creates a sense of solidarity, community, and celebration in real time on Capp Street for trans and queer people.

Marcel Pardo Ariza's new show at 500 Capp Street includes an installation celebrating trans history and numerous community events.


The CCA Campus Gallery presents a faculty exhibition on what it means to belong

In a diverse range of mediums across fine arts, architecture, design, and humanities & sciences, faculty imagine what belonging, care, and community means to them in the exhibition stories of us.


Media coverage / Oct. 9, 2023

Juxtapoz highlights CCA Associate Professor of Film Alison O'Daniel and our upcoming campus expansion

Juxtapoz spotlights Associate Professor of Film Alison O'Daniel's The Tuba Thieves as well as CCA's upcoming campus expansion, with an enviable, open architecture, designed with flexible spaces.

A still from Alison O'Daniel's film, The Tuba Thieves.


Read special tributes from colleagues and friends of President Stephen Beal

After 25 years of remarkable leadership at California College of the Arts, President Stephen Beal retires to devote more time to travel, his painting practice, and family.

Steve Beal sitting on a stool.


CCA’s summer study abroad program immerses students in art and design.

Explore photos from our 2023 summer study abroad to Mexico, Iceland, Japan, Seoul, and London and Paris.

A cca study-abroad student in Seoul Korea, looking at a display case full of graphic posters in a room with similar shapes on the walls.

Media coverage / Oct. 4, 2023

Review of Ana Jotta’s ‘Never the Less’ at the CCA Wattis Institute

Ana Jotta’s solo show at The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts features an eclectic ensemble of works from various points in her career.

Ana Jotta's black and white artwork

Press release / Sept. 26, 2023

CCA Wattis Institute’s 2023–2024 research season is inspired by the work of artist Anicka Yi

The yearlong research season, Anicka Yi is on our mind, begins in September with an exciting lineup of free events, lectures, screenings, and programming with Anicka Yi’s visionary work as the centerpiece.

Installation view of Anicka Yi's Biologizing the Machine (tentacular trouble) at the 58th  Biennale di Venezia, "May You Live In Interesting Times," Venice, 2019.


CCA Fashion Design students reimagine sustainability in the fashion industry

Students Mengshi Li and Xueer He were named finalists for the 2023 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Scholarship Fund, a program that celebrates students capable of leading change in the global fashion ecosystem.

A collage of the Digital Fashion collection showing different angles and textures of the pieces in a black and white background.

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