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Press release / Oct. 16, 2016

CCA announces finalists for design of expanded San Francisco campus

Allied Works, Michael Maltzan Architecture, and Studio Gang are selected as finalists to design a new unified institution for CCA.

interior of CCA main building on San Francisco campus


Five of the best graphic design programs in the U.S.

Master a visual language to tell a story, communicate a message, or inspire a response.

Student printing their graphic design large scale posters in the blotter studio


CCA students drive Audi design challenge with innovation and creativity

At the intensive two-week design challenge, Audi Group designers came to campus to hear student ideas about the next phase of luxury automobiles.

CCA student team around table discussing Audi Design Challenge


CCA assistant professor on team awarded NSF grant

Negar Kalantar explores how relief cutting, or kerfing, can improve building materials’ adaptability to environmental threats.

Photo of Interior Design assistant professor Negar Kalantar and student in the Rapid Prototyping Studio.


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.


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.


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.


Three Questions with BFA Fashion Design student Ashley Robles-Rasgado

Second year BFA Fashion Design student Ashley Robles-Rasgado is striving for a more connected world through accessibility in fashion. Here she shares her thoughts on community, inspiration, and hearing the needs of others.

Photo of Ashley Robles-Rasgado.


Your future with an MBA in Design Strategy

Delving into the unique blend of design and strategy, the chair of the MBA in Design Strategy (DMBA) program explores the distinct edge a DMBA degree offers.

A student points to a desktop workspace filled with post-its

Media coverage / March 28, 2019

Two Interior Design students win at ASID Student Portfolio Competition

The American Society of Interior Designers chose CCA students Jieru Lin and Jianfeng Ni for their deep understanding of how design can impact and change lives.
Design by CCA student Jieru Lin, 2019 ASID Student Portfolio Winner.

Media coverage / April 16, 2024

CCA alum Elena Calabrese reaches new heights with interior design

Elena Calabrese (BFA Jewelry & Metal Arts 1995) pivoted creative lanes from accessory design to interior design, and founded her successful studio Elena Calabrese Design & Decor based in Sausalito, CA.

In the oval dining room nests a Julian Chichester table, custom Black Label Home chairs in Schumacher velvet and a custom rug by Ombre. The walls are painted Farrow and Ball’s Hague Blue, while the chandelier by Galerie Philia descends from a gold leaf painted ceiling by David Bonk.

Press release / Nov. 17, 2016

CCA selects Studio Gang to design unified campus in San Francisco

Founded by MacArthur fellow Jeanne Gang, firm is selected after extensive international architect search.

Portrait of Jeanne Gang


MBA Design Strategy Alumna Reena Merchant leads user experience at Google

Modern Luxury Silicon Valley profiles MBA design strategy alumna Reena Merchant.
Image of CCA Alumna Reena Merchant who leads user experience at Google


Illustration or Graphic Design: Which is the best major for you?

While these majors have some similarities, they also have differences in their curriculum and job prospects. We've compared them in a few key areas to see how they stack up against each other.
Illustration student painting a graphic poster


The interdisciplinary future of design: Interview with Dean Helen Maria Nugent

CCA Dean of Design Helen Maria Nugent discusses the intangible skills gained in a design education.

Dean of Design Helen Maria Nugent posing in the MFA design studios.


Craft and content shine at the 2018 BFA Design thesis show

CCA’s Illustration, Industrial Design, and Graphic Design students address wide-ranging themes in culminating exhibition.
BFA Design Commencement Exhibition 2018


Graphic Design student Mark Buenafe wins the prestigious Bill Moggridge Award

Senior graphic designer wins $10,000 for “The Naturalization Process,” a project that explores the journey toward U.S. citizenship through interdependent print pieces.
Graphic Design student Mark Buenafe


CCA’s MBA in design strategy early adopter of MURAL collaboration platform

In 2015 when David Chin enrolled in CCA’s MBA in Design Strategy program, his instructors introduced him to a cutting-edge visual collaboration software platform called MURAL.

Students at MBA in Design Strategy weekend class


A look at Studio Gang’s design features vibrant indoor/outdoor environment

During a public lecture at CCA on March 26, Jeanne Gang shared some early renderings of the project.
The ground-level entrance to the expanded Double Ground campus is near student housing at Founders Hall on Hooper Street.


Meet industrial design student Emilie Cevallos Paredes

Learn how Emilie Cevallos Paredes draws inspiration from her heritage, turns her hobbies into a career, and dispels preconceived beliefs about art school.

Headshot of CCA industrial design student Emilie Cevallos Paredes.