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New virtual mural brings the Creative Accord principles to life

Students in this fall’s Mural Project course express CCA’s Creative Accord in a virtual environment and think beyond traditional mural making.

A bullhorn with flowers and other abstract illustrative elements coming out of it.


Creative activist Michael Wertz

While sheltering in place, Assistant Chair of Illustration Michael Wertz has been making tiny illustrations that deliver a big message.

A red, white, and blue illustration of a hand delivering a mail-in ballot


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


Founders Hall opens new doors for CCA

With room to house about 25% of the college’s student population and a public dining hall, Founders Hall pushes CCA toward the goal of becoming a unified, fully residential campus.

Founders Hall mural in the foyer of the new residence hall


A new vision for creating and learning online

CCA staff psychologists share tips for managing anxiety, developing a sense of community, and finding hope during the pandemic.

People walking on a beach at sunset


Art in action

Leading up to the 2020 presidential election, the [email protected] Artwork Campaign celebrates our community’s deep commitment to activism and democratic participation.

Detail of the CCA@CCA Artwork Campaign display at the Hubbell Street Galleries windows.


Finding resonance online

During COVID–19, Industrial Design and Furniture students crafted imaginative instruments with the space and materials around them.

Students experiment with sound and material in CCA's Acoustic Objects course.


Student group spotlight: 24Frames

Members of the student animation club 24Frames reflect on how they explore career pathways and stay active in their creative practice.

Photo of student animation organization 24Frames


The benefits of MFA in Comics low-residency structure

Students in CCA’s MFA in Comics program reflect on how they accomplish goals and stay connected as part of a remote cohort.

Close-up view of MFA Comics program brochure


Graduate alumni help launch Black X Film Festival

Black X Film Festival is a three-day online showcase of films by Black creators, started by a collective of Black artists and allies, including several CCA MFA alumni.

A collage of photos of CCA graduate alumni who co-founded Black X Film Festival


Finding opportunities with remote summer internships

Undergraduate and graduate students discuss their advice for pursuing professional opportunities during the pandemic.

Screenshot from a zoom meeting


Getting out the vote with CCA’s creative activists

The Creative Citizens in Action initiative ([email protected]) is helping CCA get out to vote and engage in creative activism during one of the most challenging election seasons in recent history.

Vote artwork by Michael Wertz


Fall semester public lectures and events go global

For the first time, CCA’s fall lectures are entirely online, bringing a diverse lineup of industry experts from around the world to audiences everywhere.



BArch alumni on their award-winning sustainable design

Architectural Ecologies Lab students let local craft and culture lead as they create solutions for climate change in the Maldives.

Architectural drawing of a sustainably designed island in the Maldives


City of Oakland plans to purchase Clifton Hall to house Oakland families and seniors

In late August, the City of Oakland announced its plan to purchase CCA’s former residence hall, Clifton Hall, to provide sustainable and transit-friendly deeply affordable housing for Oakland families and seniors.

Clifton Hall student housing - Front


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.”


First Year Core faculty find opportunity in online instruction

Professors reflect on how they adapted their pedagogy and collaborated with other artists during shelter in place.

Interior of a gallery in a Virtual Reality exhibition


Tina Takemoto discusses In Plain Sight

CCA’s dean of Humanities and Sciences discusses advocating for immigrant justice and how immigrant stories influence their work.

Skytyped message of the words Not Forgotten over Terminal Island in San Diego


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 welcomes new MDes Chair Josh Silverman

Josh Silverman brings decades of professional design strategy expertise to the graduate Interaction Design program.

Josh Silverman at January’s In/Visible Talks design conference in San Francisco.