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A look back at our Materiality of Resistance Symposium

A two-day event uncovering how materials are creatively wielded to imagine, promote, and enact resistance to the status quo in American art and visual culture.

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Two CCA faculty win SFMOMA’s SECA Art Award

Congratulations to Illustration faculty member Lauren D’Amato and Associate Professor of Critical Studies and Graduate Fine Arts Angela Hennessy.

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Crafting sustainability within jewelry and metal arts

The CCA community of jewelers and metalsmiths are at the forefront of pushing their industry forward to a more ethical and responsible future.

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Get to know CCA’s new director and chief curator of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

Learn about Daisy Nam’s background and what she’ll bring to the college in this new chapter for the institute as the gallery debuts its new space on CCA’s expanded campus.

Daisy Nam sits on a white ladder with a desert backdrop behind her.


The CAPL Impact Award propels bold ideas forward

CCA students like Katayoun Bahrami grow their visionary projects into murals, installations, and more with the Center for Art and Public Life’s (CAPL) annual Impact Award.

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CCA’s community of alumni give back to the college in a variety of ways

Four esteemed graduates of the college—artists, industry leaders, and designers in their own right—share why they stay involved with our community and continue to give back to CCA.

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The art of making writing at CCA Humanities and Sciences

The magazine Sightlines published by the graduate program in Visual and Critical Studies program reveals how scholarly research combines with creative inquiry to uncover hidden stories or uneasy truths.

Cover art for the Sightlines 2023 publication


Student spotlight: Qadir Parris’s creative practice knows no limits

The CCA Film student discusses his time as an artist in residence at San Francisco’s Recology, his interdisciplinary practice, and how family inspires his work.

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CCA alumni shape the future of sustainable design

Four Industrial Design alumni make contributions to sustainable products, materials, and systems in a global industry typically known for the waste it creates.

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Five CCA Architecture and Interior Design students named among the top 100 in North America

Soojee Choi, Negar Hosseini, Chizumi Kano, Jesus Guillermo Macias Franco, and Electra White have earned a coveted spot among the Metropolis Future100 list.

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Your future with an MBA in Design Strategy

Delving into the unique blend of design and strategy, the chair of the MBA in Design Strategy (DMBA) program explores the distinct edge a DMBA degree offers.

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Three Questions with BFA Fashion Design student Ashley Robles-Rasgado

Second year BFA Fashion Design student Ashley Robles-Rasgado is striving for a more connected world through accessibility in fashion. Here she shares her thoughts on community, inspiration, and hearing the needs of others.

Photo of Ashley Robles-Rasgado.


Go beyond the classroom with CCA faculty

CCA faculty from across the Design, Fine Arts, Architecture, and Humanities and Sciences divisions reveal insights into their creative professions beyond academia and what inspires their work.

Kathy Lam working on Belonging Benches with the CCA community.


Three reasons Bay Area parents love this summer studio program

Middle schoolers in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade from all over the Bay Area make art at the Young Artist Studio Program in San Francisco.

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Curious courses at California College of the Arts

Make magic with your art, design the footwear of the future, and capture photos of your favorite ghosts in these curious courses offered only at CCA.

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Life in San Francisco as an art student

CCA students Layla Namak, Jennifer Guo, and Angel Lusky, and alum Wally Corona give us an insider’s view of what it’s like to live and learn in San Francisco.

Purple glass hallway in SFMOMA.


Awakening the senses through storytelling with Alison O’Daniel

What does it mean to be brave as an artist? Filmmaker and CCA faculty member Alison O’Daniel dives deep into her creative process, pursuits outside of teaching, pushing the boundaries in film, and more.

Portrait of Alison O'Daniel.


A newly donated robot opens up possibilities for architecture and design

A large industrial KUKA robot joins CCA Architecture’s Digital Craft Lab, paving the way for faculty and students to extend their explorations of digital fabrication and material innovation.

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A state-of-the-art campus for today’s makers has arrived

Picture what it’s like to explore the newly expanded California College of the Arts this fall.

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Three questions with BFA Interaction Design student Colin Chan

The senior in the BFA Interaction Design program discusses what belonging feels like as an international student, holding on to hope in times of rapid change, and grounding his design practice.

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