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CCA alumni form design foundation of Townsquared startup

Creating an online community for local businesses core values they learned as students in CCA’s Graduate Program in Design.

From left: Marru Carrion, Tan-ya Gerrodette, Carolyn Packer, and Miwa Ikemiya


Alum spotlight: Scarlett Zhang

Interior Design alum Scarlett Zhang shares her thoughts on studying in San Francisco and how she stays creative.

Exhale Sanctuary by Scarlett Zhang


CANVAS + DesignCreate support students’ aspirations, agency, and activism

Two initiatives champion BIPOC student talent and contributions while building their skills for leadership and success.

Close-up image of a multi-color print on muslin fabric

Press release / Dec. 2, 2020

Interior Design program awarded $50,000 Angelo Donghia Foundation Grant

The grant will support a five-year initiative to expand lighting design course offerings, providing a research-driven, interdisciplinary approach to lighting design at CCA.


Which graduate Design degree is right for me?

From CCA’s MFA in Design, MBA in Design Strategy, and Master of Design in Interaction Design, find the graduate program that fits your design aspirations.
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Profiles in design: Isaac Buwembo and Balqis Indriyani

From the intellectual work of design thinking to the physical work of active making, two alumni carry their CCA education into the world.

Photo of Balqis Indriyani working over the wood frame of a boat-shaped object.

Media coverage / May 26, 2018

Professor Owen Smith designs controversial New Yorker covers

The Daily Beast profiles Smith and his works for the magazine.

Lead image for Owen Smith's coverage in the New Yorker

Media coverage / Oct. 1, 2018

Professor Martin Venezky creates new worlds through design

The Letterform Archive features Venezky's prolific work and career as artist, designer, photographer, and educator.
Original artwork (detail) and poster (detail) for Weird America, 2016.

Media coverage / Feb. 16, 2023

CCA leads the charge with teaching inclusive design

Schools and teachers are thinking ahead when it comes to inclusive design; CCA is leading the charge by exploring the intersection of human experience and constructed environments in its Interaction Design (IxD) program.

A student and professor looking at an interactive design display together.

Press release / June 27, 2017

Helen Maria Nugent appointed dean of Design at CCA

Former professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago begins in August 2017.
Image of Helen Maria Nugent, CCA's dean of Design.


Traditional MBA vs Design Strategy MBA: Which is better?

The results of design strategy's people-centered approach are increasingly visible all around us.
Model of Le Corbusier's Plan Voisin, Paris, France, 1925


How to prototype a career change, design strategy-style

The best thing anyone can do when considering a career change is to follow the design process and prototype their prospective futures before diving in, writes alumnus Justin Lokitz (MBA in Design Strategy 2014).
Justin Lokitz, MBA in Design Strategy, 2014


Alum Matthew Jervis believes everyone can be a designer

Matthew Jervis (Graphic Design 2004) believes we can all be designers. Design is fundamental to how humans survive and relate to the world, he says.
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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.


Can game design be a tool for social justice?

Building interactive new worlds as a game designer is a powerful way to share your vision for a more just future.

A room with a video game set up in the background and a wall with the text “Game Arts Home Room” in the foreground.


Where to put your graphic design degree to work

With a graphic design degree, job opportunities are abundant and varied. Across industries, businesses and organizations rely on graphic designers to create visual concepts that communicate ideas and information.

A selection of posters aligned at various angles sits atop a backdrop of yellow pamphlets.

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

Media coverage / April 4, 2023

LoveFrom launches scholarship program, making design education more accessible

LoveFrom, a creative collective led by Jony Ive, selected three renowned art schools to receive permanent annual funding, including CCA, Rhode Island School of Design, and the Royal College of Art.

Press release / Sept. 28, 2017

Exhibition "Designing Material Innovation" opens on CCA's back lot

Outdoor show features five original site-specific architecture structure and pavilions using material and form in ways that have rarely been seen before.

Image of Float Lab by Buoyant Ecologies.

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.

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