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Architecture students help Chinese villagers with eco-tourism plans

Architecture students travel to China to investigate the impact tourism has on a range of places and landscapes and to work with a small under-served community to leave behind work that contributes to their future.
Temple and pagoda at Dali

Press release / March 6, 2017

CCA to host first West Coast Queers and Comics conference

Second biennial, university-based conference brings together over 150 international LGBTQ cartoonists, editors, publishers, and scholars.

Queers and Comics conference logo

Press release / Dec. 14, 2016

CCA Wattis Institute awarded $20,000 NEA grant for exhibition exploring mechanisms in artists' work

Grant will support the largest presentation the CCA Wattis has mounted to-date.

Installation view of 2017 Mechanisms exhibition at CCA Wattis Institute


Three ways to make your college application stand out

What can you do to make sure your application won’t be overlooked? Here are a few tips from admissions officers at some of the best art colleges in the U.S.

Three students pose in front of a structure with purple projections on it.


Lily Williams (Animation 2014) finds her dream career

By the time Lily Williams (Animation 2014) reached high school, she already had a game plan.
Close-up detail of magenta and yellow paint on a canvas.

Press release / April 20, 2020

CCA appoints Ed Prohaska as chief financial officer

California College of the Arts (CCA) President Stephen Beal announced Ed Prohaska as chief financial officer, effective on Monday, April 20, 2020.
CCA CFO Ed Prohaska

Press release / April 28, 2020

CCA Wattis Institute launches a new annual book series, A Series of Open Questions

The first volume in the CCA Wattis Institute's new book series, A Series of Open Questions, is Where are the tiny revolts?, informed and inspired by the work of Bay Area poet and novelist Dodie Bellamy.
Wattis Reader – Where are the tiny revolts? (A Series of Open Questions, vol. 1)


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.



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.

Press release / June 18, 2018

CCA Wattis to present works by Adam Linder for 20th anniversary

Feat of performance art features five choreographic works by Linder performed all day, every day, during Wattis open hours.
Installation view of Adam Linder, Full Service.

Press release / Aug. 15, 2017

CCA presents "Tahir Hemphill: Mapper's Delight"

Exhibition at Hubbell Street Galleries marks first solo exhibition for the New York artist and author.

Installation view of 'Tahir Hemphill: Mapper’s Delight'


Top 10 tips for creating the best art portfolio

Learn how to create a portfolio that showcases your technical, creative, and conceptual abilities and separates you from other applicants.

Paint on silkscreen brush


Three ways fine arts colleges help you grow as an artist

For the aspiring fine artist, driven by a desire for personal growth and to make a difference in the world, there are few better places to spend the next four years of your life than a fine arts college. Learn why.
photo of a female painting


Alum spotlight: Interdisciplinary artist Esther Elia

Recent graduate Esther Elia (BFA Illustration 2019) discusses inspiration, interdisciplinarity, and her favorite spots around San Francisco.

A painting of figures with text, “I’m trying to find myself in your faces.”


CCA provides more than $700,000 in emergency funding to students financially impacted by COVID-19

CCA’s donor-supported Student Emergency Fund has raised over $30,000 to date, and federal CARES Act funding provides nearly $700,000 in emergency relief grants to students.

Detail view of painter's palette


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.

Press release / Nov. 7, 2018

CCA Wattis Institute presents new work by Diamond Stingily and Rosha Yaghmai

New York-based Diamond Stingily and Los Angeles-based Rosha Yaghmai are respectively and rapidly establishing themselves as leading voices in contemporary sculpture.

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Want to work for Pixar? How art school can help

Learn how art school prepares you to work at top-tier companies like Pixar.
Students playing with Pixar ball


Sean Canty and Ryan Golenberg: Collaborating on the Grid

Ryan Golenberg (BArch 2009) and Sean Canty (BArch 2010) have had a collaborative relationship since their time as peers at CCA, then continuing on to the Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s MArch program.

Portrait of Ryan Golenberg and Sean Canty.


You got into art college. Now what?

From exploring current student work to learning about first-year programs, here’s our best advice on how to choose between colleges.

A person in a white shirt sits on a red convertible’s trunk, overlooking the horizon. The sun sets in the right-hand corner.