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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Three MFA Fine Arts students win Cadogan awards

Katayoun Bahrami, Ester Karnoski, and Bryce LeFort honored at September 10 ceremony and featured in annual SOMArts Cultural Center exhibition.

Ester Karnoski, selections from the series Screen Time in progress, 2021. Oil on paper, 24 x 18 inches each.

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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.

A student points to a whiteboard.

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From CCA to the NBA: Dustin O. Canalin on designing his dream career

With a passion for basketball and an eye for design, this Bay Area-born alum is living what he loves.

Dustin O. Canalin

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Listening for the future

CCA Design Futures Lab, Imperial College London, and LADdesign join forces on summer design sprints that explore the future of music experience through design.

Whiteboard with notes in red ink, pictures, and post-it notes.

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ARCH Art Supplies moves to Blattner Hall

The independently-owned art supply store will be more tightly integrated with the CCA community from its new location.

Art supplies on display in ARCH.

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Nathan Lynch & Oikonos receive $200k Wildlife Conservation Society grant for seabird habitat restoration

Ceramics chair Nathan Lynch has been working with Oikonos for over a decade to help restore at-risk seabird habitats with ceramic nesting modules.

A Rhinoceros Auklet chick.

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Q&A: Raven Chacon

The Wattis Institute’s 2021 Capp Street Artist-in-Residence talks about teaching at CCA, the art of the score, and how the Bay Area is influencing his residency.

Raven Chacon

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Alum spotlight: Digital media scholar Dorothy Santos

Dorothy Santos (MA Visual + Critical Studies 2014) discusses how CCA graduate studies prepared her for a PhD in Film and Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz.

Dorothy Santos stands in the middle of a book shop with an archway above them, looking directly into the camera.

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Silver Linings Series

An archive of projects, stories, events, and updates from our campus on the cloud.

Playa del Rey, CA, 5:30 pm PST, February 13, 2021. By Haley Caranto, admitted student.

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Legendary designer Sir Jony Ive’s advice for the 2021 graduating class

“My encouragement is to be committed and proactive in caring for that deep, creative part of yourself that is easily overlooked.”

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In Memoriam: Arthur Gensler, 1935–2021

For 11 years as a trustee and four as board chair, Arthur Gensler (1935–2021) championed the role of art and design education as an engine for cultural and economic vitality.

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Sustaining change

A growing community of Design students are leveraging their course assignments and thesis projects to express a sense of care and concern for the planet.

Eryn Bathke, Terra Cards.

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Design pedagogy for collective work

The Design division explores three different educational opportunities at CCA that transcend individual learning through teamwork.

Assistant Professor Juan Carlos Rodriguez Rivera (center) teaches his Decolonization & Design course in 2019.