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View the creative side of the people who help keep CCA moving

The exhibition Alter Ego offered a glimpse at staff talents outside of their work for the college.

A photo of a large-scale print in white and black hues surrounding the text ALTER EGO.


Get to know CCA alum Maia Kobabe, a comics author who wrote one of the most challenged books in the United States

Graduating from CCA with a MFA in Comics in 2015, Maia Kobabe has won a Stonewall Honor and an Alex Award for eir book Gender Queer: A Memoir.

Multicolored lines weaving in and out against a black background, showing the many paths that take shape for CCA alumni.


CCA faculty lead their fields and earn top honors and fellowships

Recent faculty accolades include Artadia Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices Award, and the CAA’s Distinguished Teaching of Art Award, among many others.

Curtis Arima (chair of Jewelry and Metal Arts), Stories from Camp: A stone’s throw (detail), 2023.


Ten questions for CCA’s 10th president, David Howse

Get to know President David Howse and why he’s excited to lead the college in this next chapter in its history.

David Howse chatting in Illustration classroom.


A peek into faculty pursuits outside of the classroom

Faculty from across the Design Division share the other parts of their practice and life — exhibitions, industry work, publications, special projects, and more.

A fluid shaped table and a landscape photo of a crane in action are overlayed and in a tiled pattern.


What to consider when choosing a pre-college summer program

Are you planning to spend next summer making art, going to summer school, or previewing college? Here are some important tips to consider when choosing the right pre-college summer program.

Self-portrait sketch with colorful explosions of fish, eyeballs, bugs, and stars behind the face


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.


Inside the studio with graduating BFA Illustration seniors

This semester 10 senior illustrators get ready for the culminating moment of their CCA experience and launch their careers in the senior thesis exhibition.

Viv Pham, Sweet Sweet Corn. Snack bag mockup.


Get to know CCA alum Andrew Perkins, a furniture designer who has expanded his horizons with his company, Fire Road

Graduating from CCA with a BFA in Furniture Design in 2011, Andrew Perkins has started his own successful business creating home accents of unparalleled quality.

A red spiral graphic against a black background with two white dots indicates the path and stops along the way for CCA alumni.


Explore our growing campus in San Francisco with a sneak peak of what’s coming in 2024

See what our campus life and makerspaces look like today and get a preview of our soon-to-open expansion project.

Arial view of the construction of CCA's new Double Ground building with the words "Expanding Possibilities" on it.


Five reasons a STEM-designated program at an art school might be right for you

Combine art and design with technology and science to impact change and grow your career in CCA’s STEM-designated graduate programs.

A large pencil shaped apparatus 3D prints a small undulating structure with clay.


Browse new books for fall from CCA writers, thinkers, and illustrators

From children’s titles exploring identity to comics on the subject of a certain controversial author to the psychedelic visual style, add new books to your library from CCA faculty and alumni.



The CCA Campus Gallery presents a faculty exhibition on what it means to belong

In a diverse range of mediums across fine arts, architecture, design, and humanities & sciences, faculty imagine what belonging, care, and community means to them in the exhibition stories of us.



Read special tributes from colleagues and friends of President Stephen Beal

After 25 years of remarkable leadership at California College of the Arts, President Stephen Beal retires to devote more time to travel, his painting practice, and family.

Steve Beal sitting on a stool.


CCA’s summer study abroad program immerses students in art and design.

Explore photos from our 2023 summer study abroad to Mexico, Iceland, Japan, Seoul, and London and Paris.

A cca study-abroad student in Seoul Korea, looking at a display case full of graphic posters in a room with similar shapes on the walls.


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.


Get to know CCA alum Brooke Hopper, Principal Designer, AI/ML at Adobe

Graduating from CCA with an MFA in Design in 2015, Brooke Hopper is now a principal designer, speaker, and champion for artists.

Multicolored lines weaving in and out against a black background, showing the many paths that take shape for CCA alumni.


Creating the materials of tomorrow at the 2023 Biodesign Challenge

Two award-winning CCA projects at the intersection of design, architecture, and biotechnology envision a sustainable future.

A mockup of a cavern-like environment with light spilling in over trees.


Imagining new worlds through interdisciplinary studio courses

Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studio courses illustrate how students from across the college learn to take their practice to a new level.

Photo of a collaged group of graphics, posters, and text that says Highlands and the Northern Isles.


Material alchemy at CCA

CCA’s community of makers transforms something as simple as wood in inspiring ways, drawing from their own lives and opening doors to possibility.

Hands bending a long piece of wooden rod

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