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Five CCA Architecture and Interior Design students named among the top 100 in North America

Soojee Choi, Negar Hosseini, Chizumi Kano, Jesus Guillermo Macias Franco, and Electra White have earned a coveted spot among the Metropolis Future100 list.

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Press release / April 23, 2024

Four faculty members and one alum from California College of the Arts awarded the 2024 Guggenheim Fellowship

Faculty members Kim Anno, Lucas Foglia, Guillermo Galindo, and Léonie Guyer, and alum Ahndraya Parlato are among those recognized for the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Press release / April 22, 2024

California College of the Arts announces 2024 Honorary Doctorate recipients Deborah Willis and Hank Willis Thomas

CCA is thrilled to announce artist and scholar Deborah Willis and visual artist and CCA alum Hank Willis Thomas (MFA/MA Photography, Visual Criticism 2003) as the Honorary Doctorate degree recipients at the 117th Commencement Ceremony.

Right: Portrait of Deborah Willis by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn. Left: Portrait of Hank Willis Thomas.


Your future with an MBA in Design Strategy

Delving into the unique blend of design and strategy, the chair of the MBA in Design Strategy (DMBA) program explores the distinct edge a DMBA degree offers.

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Three Questions with BFA Fashion Design student Ashley Robles-Rasgado

Second year BFA Fashion Design student Ashley Robles-Rasgado is striving for a more connected world through accessibility in fashion. Here she shares her thoughts on community, inspiration, and hearing the needs of others.

Photo of Ashley Robles-Rasgado.


Go beyond the classroom with CCA faculty

CCA faculty from across the Design, Fine Arts, Architecture, and Humanities and Sciences divisions reveal insights into their creative professions beyond academia and what inspires their work.

Kathy Lam working on Belonging Benches with the CCA community.


Three reasons Bay Area parents love this summer studio program

Middle schoolers in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade from all over the Bay Area make art at the Young Artist Studio Program in San Francisco.

A student points to their artwork installed in a gallery wall


Curious courses at California College of the Arts

Make magic with your art, design the footwear of the future, and capture photos of your favorite ghosts in these curious courses offered only at CCA.

Photo of printouts of fantastical purple and blue high-heel shoe designs


Life in San Francisco as an art student

CCA students Layla Namak, Jennifer Guo, and Angel Lusky, and alum Wally Corona give us an insider’s view of what it’s like to live and learn in San Francisco.

Purple glass hallway in SFMOMA.

Press release / April 3, 2024

California College of the Arts Graduate Curatorial Practice Program and CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts present Absolute Memory: An Archive of Softness

Absolute Memory: An Archive of Softness is a group exhibition featuring five artists working in themes of the everyday and subjective narrative, Widline Cadet, Xandra Ibarra, Michael Jang, Clifford Prince King, and Kenneth Tam.

Xandra Ibarra, “A Scarlot Mouth Dawns,” (2023), Photography series: Archival Pigment Prints.


Awakening the senses through storytelling with Alison O’Daniel

What does it mean to be brave as an artist? Filmmaker and CCA faculty member Alison O’Daniel dives deep into her creative process, pursuits outside of teaching, pushing the boundaries in film, and more.

Photo of Alison O'Daniel.

Press release / March 22, 2024

California College of the Arts gala honoring Jack Wadsworth raises over $1.24 million

CCA celebrated long-time supporter Jack Wadsworth at its annual gala, raising over $1.24 million for student scholarships.

Left to right: David Howse, Susy Wadsworth, Jack Wadsworth, Dee Hover, Stephen Beal.


A newly donated robot opens up possibilities for architecture and design

A large industrial KUKA robot joins CCA Architecture’s Digital Craft Lab, paving the way for faculty and students to extend their explorations of digital fabrication and material innovation.

Photo of a large orange arm-shaped KUKA robot


A state-of-the-art campus for today’s makers has arrived

Picture what it’s like to explore the newly expanded California College of the Arts this fall.

An architectural rendering depicting a sweeping contemporary campus entrance adorned by trees.


Three questions with BFA Interaction Design student Colin Chan

The senior in the BFA Interaction Design program discusses what belonging feels like as an international student, holding on to hope in times of rapid change, and grounding his design practice.

A headshot of the student smiling and in front of a bright yellow backdrop.


CCA@CCA energizes campus voting ahead of the primary elections

Creative Citizens in Action (CCA@CCA) inspires democratic engagement and creative activism year long and during efforts to get out the vote.

Students painting “vote” on a white wall, working together to amplify voting efforts.

Media coverage / March 4, 2024

NBC Bay Area news features CCA's multi-year partnership with Greenville where students help rebuild for resilience

Architecture faculty members Janette Kim and Peter Anderson, along with students Melissa Gomes, Bennett Grisley, and Manthan Rasal share about their Greenville projects and vision to rebuild for resilience, longevity, and sustainability.

Architectural rendering of a four-way intersection with a wood-framed modernist structure in the center.

Press release / Feb. 28, 2024

California College of the Arts presents the 2024 MFA Fine Arts graduate exhibitions at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

This two-part exhibition debuts work from 20 emerging artists in CCA’s graduate program in fine arts.

California College of the Arts presents the 2024 MFA Fine Arts graduate exhibitions.

Press release / Feb. 27, 2024

Daisy Nam appointed director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

Daisy Nam is announced as the new director and chief curator of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at California College of the Arts.

Portrait of Daisy Nam.


View the creative side of the people who help keep CCA moving

The exhibition Alter Ego offered a glimpse at staff talents outside of their work for the college.

A photo of a large-scale print in white and black hues surrounding the text ALTER EGO.

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