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Fall 2020 at CCA: Adapting coursework, lectures, and collegewide events for a remote semester

We’re dedicated to bringing the campus experience to our students, no matter where you’re learning from. So we’re getting creative.



Alum spotlight: Sajida Silva

Get to know the work of Fashion Design alum Sajida Silva and their thoughts on sustainable fashion.

Multi-colored knit merino wool and silk organza sweater from Sajida Silva’s A Través el Río Mopan collection

Media coverage / Aug. 14, 2020

Freida Pinto to star in and produce TV series based on Alka Joshi’s The Henna Artist

Miramax TV has optioned the rights for CCA alum Alka Joshi’s (MFA Writing 2011) best-selling debut novel, The Henna Artist, for a TV series produced by and starring Freida Pinto.

Alka Joshi


CCA’s coolest tools

Survey some of our favorite tools, from cutting-edge machinery to old-school apparatuses, that bring interdisciplinary projects to life.

Various woodshop tools, like clamps and hammers, organized on white pegboard.


Prepare for the fall 2020 remote semester with one-on-one virtual registration appointments

Virtual registration appointments (August 10–15, 2020, 3–8 pm PT) bring together offices from across CCA’s campus for personalized, face-to-face student meetings to get all of your fall questions answered.


Media coverage / Aug. 7, 2020

Design Milk’s “Friday Five” with CCA alum Nastaran Mousavi

Nastaran Mousavi (MArch 2013) talked to Design Milk about growing up in Iran and the places, people, and things that inspire her.

Nastaran Mousavi (Photo by Meg Sexton)

Media coverage / Aug. 6, 2020

Three CCA alumni announced as finalists in the 2020 San Francisco Artadia Awards

Sofía Córdova (MFA 2010), Chanell Stone (BFA Photography 2019), and Lava Thomas (BFA Ceramics 1999) were announced as finalists for this year’s Artadia Awards. (Photo of Lava Thomas by Justine Danielle Marasigan.)

Lava Thomas (Photo by Justine Danielle Marasigan)

Media coverage / Aug. 4, 2020

Alum Maja Ruznic featured in 'The Nation'

Art critic Barry Schwabsky examines “how the act of scrutinizing art online has changed the role of the critic” and draws attention to CCA alum Maja Ruznic’s (MFA Fine Arts 2009) work.

Logo for The Nation


Alum spotlight: Scarlett Zhang

Interior Design alum Scarlett Zhang shares her thoughts on studying in San Francisco and how she stays creative.

Exhale Sanctuary by Scarlett Zhang


Five reasons to look forward to an online fall

Turns out there are a few silver linings of a fully remote fall semester—especially for first-year CCA students.

A colorful illustration of a desk facing a window

Media coverage / July 29, 2020

Alum Miriam Hillawi Abraham (MFA Interaction Design 2019) wins prestigious Graham Foundation Grant to develop her MFA Design thesis

Abyssinian Cyber Vernaculus seeks to activate architectural landscapes while it uncovers and reinstates the presence and power of those marginalized by the dominant conservative ethos of Ethiopian society.

Miriam Hillawi Abraham, 2019. Exhibition of thesis work, “Abyssinian Cyber Vernaculus,” at the Hubbell Street Galleries, San Francisco.

Media coverage / July 15, 2020

Exceptional MFA work from five CCA grads

Hyperallergic highlighted the work of five CCA MFA students—Hannah Waiters, Hoi Chang, Margot Becker, Narges Poursadeqi, and Christine Lyon—for a roundup of standout artwork from graduating students at CCA, UC Davis, and CSU Chico.

Hoi Chang, 'Old girl' (2019)


West Coast, best coast

Live, learn, and make in the ever-inspiring San Francisco Bay Area. In this photo essay, take in some of our favorite spots.

Bernal Heights hill overlooks the San Francisco skyline.

Media coverage / July 12, 2020

How Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno conceived next-gen workspaces

CCA Architecture professors Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno were interviewed for “Throughline," a special section in the San Francisco Chronicle that envisions the city after the pandemic and protests.

A rendering of Futureforms’ Supergalaxy.

Media coverage / July 11, 2020

'Upside down floating reef' in the San Francisco Bay could change ecology of shoreline

Architectural Ecologies Lab (AEL) Directors Adam Marcus and Margaret Ikeda updated ABC7 on the Buoyant Ecologies Float Lab this month.

CCA Buoyant Ecologies Float Lab deployed in the San Francisco Bay. Photo by Adam Marcus.


CCA grad’s algae filter face mask idea named 2020 Biodesign Challenge runner-up

Faced with limited availability of affordable face masks in Ecuador during the COVID–19 pandemic, Camila Wandemberg (BFA Individualized Studies 2020) devised an innovative, sustainable solution.

Camila Wandemberg

Media coverage / July 7, 2020

CCA alum Woody De Othello is shaping the future of ceramics

Woody De Othello (MFA Fine Arts 2017) spoke to Galerie about how his recent work at Art Basel and John Michael Kohler Arts Center uses mundane objects to explore larger issues.

Installation view of Woody De Othello, Cool Composition, 2019, in Jessica Silverman and Karma Gallerys' booth, at Art Basel in Miami Beach, 2019. Courtesy of Art Basel, Karma Gallery, and Jessica Silverman Gallery.

Press release / July 7, 2020

California College of the Arts appoints Ritu Kalra to Board of Trustees

California College of the Arts announces the appointment of Ritu Kalra to the Board of Trustees for an initial three-year term. Kalra is the treasury director and special advisor to the executive vice president of Harvard University.

Ritu Kalra

Media coverage / July 7, 2020

In Plain Sight—a collective of 80 artists, including Tina Takemoto and alum Hank Willis Thomas—skytyped powerful messages above ICE detention centers over July 4 weekend

XMAP: In Plain Sight is a nationwide artist-led intervention fighting migrant detention and the culture of incarceration.

XMAP: In Plain Sight

Media coverage / June 29, 2020

Four DMBA alums help America ditch dairy with JOI, a new almond milk company

Tony Jimenez, Isabelle Shu, Dave Korstad, and Mike O'Hagan, all Class of 2015 graduates of CCA's MBA Design Strategy program, were interviewed in the Miami Herald about their new almond milk company, JOI.