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From student spotlights and faculty stories to recent media coverage and current events, catch up on what’s new.

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From scholarship recipient to community creative

For Emeric Kennard, studying Illustration and Writing was possible at CCA thanks to scholarships that helped offset the cost of attendance.
Artwork by Emeric Kennard


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.


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

Media coverage / Dec. 20, 2022

CCA community featured in Minnesota Street Project show

An interdisciplinary exhibition featuring CCA graduates, faculty members, and MFA students.

Rocks in a circular pattern surround a post with multicolored flags.


CCA Faculty Receive the 2018 IDEC Community Service Award

The Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) recognize CCA faculty and students for their work with a homeless community in the Mission District.

IDEC Award Students_ActivateOpenEngagement Class, Spring 2018._LD.jpg


CCA community gets innovative to produce PPE

From face shields to face masks, faculty, alumni, and staff are contributing their time and talent to address nationwide shortages of personal protective equipment.

Image of stacks of face shield frames

Media coverage / May 8, 2019

CCA's Blattner Hall offers community, convenience, and affordable housing

Located within walking distance of CCA's San Francisco campus, Blattner Hall meets critical needs for below-market-rate student housing.
Exterior view of Blattner Hall from the street.


The Class of 2020 Showcase brings the CCA community home

The Class of 2020 Showcase highlights the work of over 300 graduating students in CCA’s 22 undergraduate and 11 graduate programs.

Class of 2020 Showcase


Celebrating our Bay Area community with the de Young Open

More than 100 CCA community members were selected for the de Young Open exhibition, a celebration of the diversity of talent in the Bay Area this fall.

de Young Open exhibition


Building a community for makers from the (virtual) ground up

CCA studio managers Cassie Kise and Tianna Mackey created Maker’s Commons, a virtual space for the CCA community to connect during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CCA Maker’s Commons logo with white and teal words in front of a blurry photograph of a person welding in a studio.

Media coverage / April 18, 2019

Wattis exhibition convenes queer community, writes the San Francisco Chronicle

Curated by Yomna Osman (MA Curatorial Practice 2019), To Know Herself captures the enduring loss of queer spaces in the bay by making space of its own.

Yomna Osman, the curator of “To Know Herself,” is seen at the Wattis Institute.


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.


Studio Forward brings the San Francisco art community together with light and sound

CCA’s Google-sponsored course Studio Forward culminates in an exhibition, presented at YBCA, of student work centered on the big questions of our time.

A group photo of students and faculty in front of a yellow wall.

Press release / Sept. 26, 2019

Community celebrates the launch of CCA Float Lab in Oakland Bay

A vibrant community celebration brought together civic leaders, CCA faculty, and students of all ages for the historic launch of CCA Buoyant Ecologies Float Lab.

Edna Brewer Middle School marching band.

Press release / May 20, 2022

CCA gala honoring community leader Roselyne C. Swig raises over $1.5 million for student scholarships

CCA celebrates Swig’s impact on the Bay Area as arts champion, civic leader, and community advocate.

CCA President Stephen Beal, Gala honoree Roselyne C. Swig, CCA Trustee and Gala co-chair Stanlee Gatti, and CCA Trustee and Gala co-chair Kimberlee Swig at the CCA Gala Benefactors Party.


The power of hope and truth in racial healing

Tricia Brand, our inaugural vice president of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, talks about what sets CCA apart from other colleges and why she’s hopeful for the future.

Portrait of Tricia Brand.


A new student club fosters connection among first-gen college students

In CCA’s second year celebrating the national First-Generation College Celebration, a new student organization reminds students they are one among many.

A photo of a sign which reads “First Gen CCA 1” surrounded by confetti and teal balloons.


How a town touched by fire looked to the next generation to inspire its future

One alum’s vision to help his hometown recover from the Dixie Fire blossomed into a multi-year partnership where CCA students offered inspiration to rebuild for resilience and longevity.

A panoramic photo of a mix of people forming a circle in the middle of a forest clearing.


Five ways CCA helps you make art that matters

Discover five ways students at CCA, in the innovation hub of the Bay Area, are making art that matters.
Detail of an Architecture program ecology model in the Nave

Press release / Dec. 21, 2021

CCA appoints Tricia Brand as inaugural vice president of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging

California College of the Arts (CCA) President Stephen Beal announced Tricia Brand as the college’s inaugural vice president of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB), effective April 1, 2022.

Drone view looking down at the San Francisco campus of CCA

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