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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.


Get to know CCA alum Brooke Hopper, Principal Designer, AI/ML at Adobe

Graduating from CCA with an MFA in Design in 2015, Brooke Hopper is now a principal designer, speaker, and champion for artists.

Multicolored lines weaving in and out against a black background, showing the many paths that take shape for CCA alumni.


Creating the materials of tomorrow at the 2023 Biodesign Challenge

Two award-winning CCA projects at the intersection of design, architecture, and biotechnology envision a sustainable future.

A mockup of a cavern-like environment with light spilling in over trees.

Media coverage / Sept. 6, 2023

Ana Jotta: Never the Less among 12 visual art shows not to be missed

Ana Jotta: Never the Less at the CCA Wattis is featured among 12 visual art shows for fall 2023 in the Bay Area.

Ana Jotta: Never the Less exhibition

Media coverage / Aug. 30, 2023

Dean of Fine Arts celebrates Bay Area artists as a juror for The de Young Open 2023

CCA Dean Sunny Smith is a juror for The de Young Open 2023, a community art exhibition featuring artists from around the Bay Area.

Portrait of Sunny Smith.


Imagining new worlds through interdisciplinary studio courses

Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studio courses illustrate how students from across the college learn to take their practice to a new level.

Photo of a collaged group of graphics, posters, and text that says Highlands and the Northern Isles.

Press release / Aug. 23, 2023

California College of the Arts welcomes 10 new chairs across the college

CCA is delighted to welcome 10 new chairs to the college, including both new hires and current professors and faculty.

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Media coverage / Aug. 22, 2023

AIA California recognizes CCA architecture students

CCA Architecture students (MArch) Vishesh Naresh Khetwani and Daisy Porras received the Merit Award from the 2023 Urban Design Awards by AIA California.


Press release / Aug. 17, 2023

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents an exclusive solo exhibition Ana Jotta: Never the Less

CCA and CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts proudly presents Ana Jotta: Never the Less, a new solo exhibition by acclaimed Portuguese artist Ana Jotta.

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Material alchemy at CCA

CCA’s community of makers transforms something as simple as wood in inspiring ways, drawing from their own lives and opening doors to possibility.

Hands bending a long piece of wooden rod

Media coverage / Aug. 10, 2023

CCA student promotes environmental justice with a bio-tool that detects water contamination

MFA Design student Melissa Ortiz developed Colores del Rio, a bio-tool made of red cabbage waste that gauges water quality, in her Biodesign class at CCA.

bio-tool made of red cabbage waste


Nurturing our shared sense of belonging

We share regular stories about what belonging means to us. In this spotlight, we remember the Belonging Symposium and a new program for students.

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Press release / July 31, 2023

Angelo Donghia Foundation awards third grant to CCA

The grant to the Interior Design program will support a two-year initiative to inspire sustainability in design through coursework and programming with climate-focused topics.

A close up of an interior design students project.

Media coverage / July 18, 2023

CCA student won the 2023 Gucci North America Changemakers Scholarship

Student Maya Silva was granted an academic scholarship of up to $20,000 and an opportunity to participate in the Gucci Program for Scholars, a six-week program that educates students on fashion industry career paths.

Image of Gucci Changemakers logo.


Mapping the untold stories of pioneering women in interaction design

Chair and Associate Professor of Interaction Design Erin Malone discusses uncovers the stories of trailblazing women in a field that touches everyday life.

An assortment of historical sculptures, photos, postcards surrounding a blue electronic box.

Media coverage / June 29, 2023

Caitlin Cherry: The Regolith Was Boiling, among six incredible summer art shows

Experience Caitlin Cherry's solo exhibition, a captivating interconnected mural-like installation of oil paintings and prints showcasing Black female celebrities, at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art.

Interconnected mural-like installation of oil paintings and prints displaying Black female celebrities, created by Caitlin Cherry.


CCA wins San Francisco Design Week award

CCA’s new webpage on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) shares how our community cultivates impact and action.



CCA’s position on the Supreme Court’s pending affirmative action ruling

The Supreme Court's pending decision on affirmative action may impact college admissions. Despite the ruling, CCA remains committed to diversity and inclusion, with no changes to admission policies.

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Media coverage / June 27, 2023

CCA architecture students use high-speed rail project to make connections

CCA students team up with High-Speed Rail Authority, studying high-speed rail's potential. Through lectures and site visits, they analyze its transformative impact on California's social and physical landscape.

Two CCA architecture students present their work in both drawings and model form during a critique.

Media coverage / June 27, 2023

CCA Gala collects more than a million dollars for scholarships

CCA's annual gala brought together leaders, artists, architects, and designers on May 23. The event, held on campus, raised $1.23M for student scholarships.

Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein.

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