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Why live on campus in a residence hall?

If you’re debating whether dorm life is right for you, here are three reasons why living on campus could enhance your art and design college experience.

Students mingle outside in the courtyard of Founders Hall, a white building with red gridwork.


Alum spotlight: Director Shane T Watson

“CCA allowed me to be open about myself and to become a better writer,” says the former Student Oscar nominee. Here’s what he’s working on now, his advice for CCA students, and more.

Three men stand side-by-side smiling at another camera out of view. Shane Watson is in the middle with his arms wrapped around their shoulders.


CCA Pre-College helps young makers find a home

At CCA, Crystal Morey (BFA Ceramics 2006), Claire Taggart​ (BFA Painting/Drawing 2006), and Shannon Danielle Taylor (BFA Illustration 2006) forged practices and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Crystal Morey, Claire Taggart​, and Shannon Danielle Taylor smile and look toward the viewer in front of a pale gray brick wall. Morey is wearing a leopard print shirt. Taggart is wearing black. Taylor is wearing a blue button-up with floral embroidery.


Alum spotlight: Choreographer and filmmaker Kat Cole

Kat Cole (MFA Film 2017) spun a background in dance, film, and arts administration into a dynamic practice that spans music videos to film festivals.

Two people, Jeremiah Ysip and Kat Cole, stand on a sidewalk discussing a scene happening out of view. Jeremiah is holding a camera.


How far we have to go to dismantle systemic racism and anti-Blackness in our schools and communities

Fighting white supremacy and sharing our values is part of CCA’s tradition of radical pedagogy.

A hummingbird sitting on a branch.


Alum spotlight: Reimagining health care with social impact designer Megan Moyer

Megan Moyer (MBA Design Strategy 2015) uses DMBA frameworks to help reimagine care in the 21st century and humanize a highly regulated industry.

A headshot of Megan Moyer smiling into the camera.


Four reasons to choose an art and design college on the West Coast

Here are four reasons why studying in the San Francisco Bay Area in California can be beneficial for your future.


Building a community for makers from the (virtual) ground up

CCA studio managers Cassie Kise and Tianna Mackey created Maker’s Commons, a virtual space for the CCA community to connect during the COVID–19 pandemic.

CCA Maker’s Commons logo with white and teal words in front of a blurry photograph of a person welding in a studio.


Alum spotlight: Designer and educator Kristine Yuen

Kristine Yuen (MDes Interaction Design 2016) reflects on her user-centric design approach and motivation to mentor aspiring young designers.

Kristine Yuen presenting at SF Design Week 2019.


The 2020–2021 Design Lecture Series

Saraleah Fordyce reflects on the key takeaways from fall 2020 lectures and gives a preview of the guests to look forward to this spring

Adeola Enigbokan, Audrey Liu, Jomo Tariku, and Beth Esponnette


Two new diversity scholarships will further open access to arts and design education and practice

Support the Sandra Vivanco Diversity Scholarship and Diversity in Design Scholarship. Your gift will open doors to arts education for Black and Indigenous students, students of color, and LGBTQ students.

Portrait of the late Sandra Vivanco flanked by two students.


Interrogating boundaries: hybrid practices in MFA Design

Five examples of how collaborative, multidisciplinary design can unlock new possibilities in unlikely places.

IF/THEN, San Pablo Avenue Ramble, 2019


Exploring the outer realm with Susan Worthman

Former DMBA Associate Chair Susan Worthman shares some guiding wisdom for navigating change and uncertainty.

Susan Worthman


Art, design, and language as action: Q+A with Associate Professor Allison Yasukawa

Allison Yasukawa discusses how multilingual art and design teaching shows how students and teachers can use the tools, materials, and forms of whatever we’re working in to communicate.

Allison Yasukawa, Limp, 2014. Installation and art administrator performance with found lottery tickets, gold leaf, shoes, roses, vase.


From the Black Studies Institute to Critical Ethnic Studies: Celebrating 50 years at CCA

On its 50th anniversary, we’re celebrating the Critical Ethnic Studies program’s many accomplishments while looking to the future.

Critical Ethnic Studies 50th anniversary logo designed by Steve Jones.


Rewind Review Respond reimagines event discourse in a virtual space

CCA students share their reflections on recent conversations, lectures, and events they’ve encountered on our campus on the cloud.

Graphic with text overlay Rewind Review Respond.


Fall 2020 Showcase celebrates student excellence and perseverance

CCA’s fall 2020 graduating students have persevered to finish their degrees during the COVID–19 pandemic. Explore their work and celebrate their perspectives with the Fall 2020 Showcase.

Class of 2020 Showcase


Meeting tomorrow today

Undergraduate Interaction Design Program Chair Erin Malone and Graduate Program Chair Josh Silverman look into the future of their programs.



The human gesture of illustration

Faculty Owen Smith and Michael Wertz reflect on illustration's role during the COVID–19 pandemic and beyond.

Shrey Purohit, Warning in the Sky


Celebrating our Bay Area community with the de Young Open

More than 100 CCA community members were selected for the de Young Open exhibition, a celebration of the diversity of talent in the Bay Area this fall.

de Young Open exhibition