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CCA’s First-Generation College Community

Colleges like CCA empower their first-gen students to achieve.
Tissue-paper art in the Mexican style with the letters CCA forming the design.


The MFA program: 5 things to consider when choosing a fine arts degree

Pursuing a master of fine arts is one of the best ways to take your artistic practice to the next level.

A close-up view of colorful brushes and palette knives in a red toolbox.

Press release / Oct. 28, 2021

CCA’s annual Holiday Art & Craft Fair and Homecoming festivities take place November 20 on CCA’s Oakland campus

Visit CCA’s Oakland campus at 5212 Broadway for food trucks, live music by the Delta Wires, open studios, and handmade goods for sale from CCA students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

The holiday fair on CCA's Oakland campus in 2019.

Press release / Oct. 25, 2021

The Wattis Institute presents Josh Faught: Look Across the Water Into the Darkness, Look for the Fog

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts announces a new solo exhibition by San Francisco-based artist Josh Faught: Look Across the Water Into the Darkness, Look for the Fog, January 13–March 5, 2022.
A detail close-up of Josh Faught's "Garland," 2019.

Media coverage / Oct. 22, 2021

Artist and distinguished alum Manuel Neri dies at 91

Influential Bay Area sculptor Manuel Neri (Alum 1956) passed away on Monday, October 18, 2021. The San Francisco Chronicle’s obituary honors Neri’s life and work.

Manuel Neri sits in front of his sculptures in a black and white photograph

Media coverage / Oct. 22, 2021

The Climify podcast helps design educators “climify” their syllabi

Climify connects climate scientists and design educators to bring climate-related projects into the classroom. The podcast is created and produced by Climate Designers, which was co-founded by CCA Adjunct Professor Marc O’Brien.
Climify logo on a blue background

Press release / Oct. 21, 2021

California College of the Arts appoints Julie Lythcott-Haims and Abby Sadin Schnair to Board of Trustees

California College of the Arts announces the appointments of Julie Lythcott-Haims and Abby Sadin Schnair to the Board of Trustees for an initial three-year term.
The exterior of CCA's main building from the backlot.


The game designer as artist

As a game arts major, you can combine your passions for art and gaming to shape the future of play.

A close-up image of different types of dice used in games.


Q&A: Comics professor Justin Hall on nurturing community in queer comics

Interim MFA Comics Chair Justin Hall on his documentary, No Straight Lines, and the importance of finding (and sharing) your own voice.
Justin Hall—a man with a beard, wearing a black t-shirt—holds up a graphic novel while speaking to a class.

Media coverage / Oct. 13, 2021

Angela Hennessy is awarded 2021 Joan Mitchell Fellowship

CCA Associate Professor and alum Angela Hennessy (BFA Jewelry & Metal Arts 2001, MFA Textiles 2005) is one of 15 inaugural recipients of the new Joan Mitchell Fellowship, which was established in 2021.
Joan Mitchell Foundation logo

Media coverage / Oct. 8, 2021

DMBA grad Isaac Buwembo featured on IBM Design’s It’s About Time podcast

Isaac Buwembo (MBA Design Strategy 2014) joins It’s About Time to talk about his career journey and how he infuses his work to advance anti-racism, racial equity, and cultural change.

Isaac Buwembo


Why get an MBA at an art and design school?

Knowing how to leverage design thinking will help you improve the logistics of business administration and your own career—and it may also help you change the world.

A woman with dark hair and a black-and-white striped jumpsuit talks about her project to a small group of people.


Connecting CCA and the Wattis Institute

TT Takemoto talks with Christina Linden and Anthony Huberman about the adjacency of the Wattis and CCA—and how they’re working to expand the dialogue between the two.
Peter Simensky's senior sculpture class gets a curator tour of Wattis in 2019.

Media coverage / Sept. 23, 2021

Maia Cruz Palileo’s Wattis Institute exhibition featured in the San Francisco Chronicle

“‘Maia Cruz Palileo: Long Kwento,’ invites visitors to explore alongside Palileo the question of what we remember and what we can’t—the paradoxical memory of remembering what we don’t remember,” says the Chronicle.
Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery. Photo: Impart Photography


CCA’s Interior Design program awarded $75k Donghia Foundation grant

The grant will support the program’s Materiality and Space and Advanced Studio curriculum, providing individual and program-wide support and services to students.
An Interior Design and Glass interdisciplinary class, 2020.

Media coverage / Sept. 22, 2021

Andrew Kudless and Adam Marcus on “Drawing Codes: Experimental Protocols of Architectural Representation, Volume II”

For the Fall 2021 exhibition at Hubbell Street Galleries, Andrew Kudless and Adam Marcus asked participating architects to work within a series of strict constraints. Read their Scaffold Q&A on why limitations often lead to better design.
An installation view of “Drawing Codes: Experimental Protocols of Architectural Representation, Volume II” (2021)

Press release / Sept. 21, 2021

Wattis Institute’s 2021–2022 research season is inspired by the work of Lorraine O’Grady

The Wattis Institute's yearlong research season, Lorraine O’Grady is on our mind, uses the work of artist Lorraine O'Grady as a lens to think about our contemporary moment through a series of public lectures, screenings, performances, and other events.
Lorraine O’Grady, Art Is...(Troupe Front), 1983/2009. C-print in 40 parts, 16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.8 cm). Edition of 8 + 1 AP. Courtesy the artist and Alexander Gray Associates, New York.

Media coverage / Sept. 20, 2021

CCA faculty member Terri Friedman wins 2021 Artadia Award

CCA Sculpture Associate Professor Terri Friedman is one three recipients of the 14th annual San Francisco Artadia Awards along with Bay Area artists Sydney Cain and Dana King.
Terri Friedman, If Only, 2020. Cotton, acrylic, chenille, hemp, metallic, wool fibers, 86 x 103 inches.


Alum spotlight: Architect Nastaran Mousavi

At Studio BANAA, Nastaran Mousavi (MArch 2013) is designing authentic spaces brimming with story and meaning.
An image of the Kokak Chocolate Shop bar in San Francisco.


Alumni Spotlight: Video game designer and animator Babak Saadat

Before CCA launched the BFA in Game Arts in fall 2021, Babak Saadat followed his passions and created his own focus in game design.
Masaharu, one of the main characters from Babak Saadat’s Harukaze, in different combat positions.
Portrait of David Owens-Hill.

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