Student Organizations

The Office of Student Life encourages all students to join or create new student organizations, groups, or clubs.

Your participation provides valuable experience that can have a positive effect on your college years as well as your future professional and personal life.

Student groups also contribute to the CCA community at large by involving others to work collaboratively toward a shared goal.

More than a dozen student organizations and groups already exist. If you don't see one that matches your interest, consider establishing an entirely new organization or group.

See Create a New Student Organization below.

Alliance for Multiculturalism in Architecture (NOMAS)
Alpha Rho Chi Fraternity - Cossutius Chapter
Alternative Sports Club
American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
Animation Resource Center (ARC)
Animation Study Group
Animé Night
Ceramics Guild
Future Action Reclamation Mob (FARM)
Glass League
International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
International Student Alliance (ISA)
Light House
Painting Club
PLAySPACE Committee
Queer/Straight Alliance (QSA)
Social Projects and Communal Environments (SPACE)
Students of Color Coalition
Trans-a-genda (TAG)

Rewards

  • Meet others who share similar interests, while growing a network of supportive friends
  • Develop leadership skills and broaden personal talents
  • Learn how to successfully organize events within CCA and the greater arts community in the Bay Area and beyond
  • Provide balance between academic study and social engagement
  • Become a community builder

Benefits

  • Support from the Office of Student Activities & Leadership Development
  • Access to an array of resources, including school space, funding, equipment, etc.
  • Sponsored events and receptions
  • Exhibition opportunities in the student galleries
  • Representation on the interclub council
  • Club/organization name recognition promoted on the college website and other affiliated social media outlets

Create a New Student Organization

Feel like something’s missing in the student community? Have an idea for a great new club or organization? Obtaining a pilot charter is easy, and the Student Life staff is ready to walk you through the process. Please also download a copy of CCA's Student Organization Handbook for a comprehensive list of guidelines and procedures to ensure your student organization is as effective as possible.

If you have any questions or need assistance with the required charter application form, email Student Development Coordinator Grace Lee at glee@cca.edu.

How to Get Started

  • Download the pilot charter application form
  • Gather five members. (A new student club/organization must have five members minimum to obtain a pilot charter.)
  • Schedule a meeting time and location. Classrooms and other meeting spaces may be reserved through the Academic Affairs Office.
  • Choose an advisor. Any faculty or staff member can be an advisor to a club/organization. (Note: This person must be able to commit to your scheduled meeting times.
  • Propose three events. A first-time club/organization is required to produce at least one collegewide event and any two additional events. Based on the events proposed, the Student Activities staff will establish the funding grant for your club/organization (maximum $150 annual funding).

New! Gain additional funding by signing up for college service! Your club/organization can earn an additional $50 (up to $150) of college service grant funding each time members of your organization work as student helpers at one of six collegewide campus events. To learn more about this opportunity or to make a commitment now, email Student Development Coordinator Grace Lee at .

Renewing a Charter

Set up a meeting with a Student Activities staff member to review your renewal application. To make an appointment email Student Development Coordinator Grace Lee at glee@cca.edu.

Your application will be reviewed and either approved or returned for additional changes. Once notified of approval, your club/organization is an official CCA-chartered student group. For returning student clubs/organizations, renewing your charter is an opportunity to show what the group has accomplished during the previous academic year as well as gain increased support in terms of resources and funding.

Download the charter renewal form.

Chronicle your successes. Based on an evaluation of your club/organization‘s previous year’s activities, your renewed charter grant will be determined. A first-year pilot charter grant is set at a $150 limit per year for all new organizations, with a potential $50 annual increase for every subsequent year of charter renewal (up to $150 additional / $300 total) based on the following criteria:

  • community involvement
  • outreach
  • membership growth
  • setting and attaining club/organization goals
  • attendance

Current Student Organizations

Fall 2013

Alliance for Multiculturalism in Architecture (NOMAS)

Our mission is to advance the quality of the architectural profession by promoting awareness of how local minority architects are excelling in the design field and shaping built environments.
Contact: ccanomas@cca.edu
Founded: fall 2007

Alpha Rho Chi Fraternity - Cossutius Chapter

The objective is to organize and unite for educational, social, and professional development purposes on behalf of the students of CCA's Architecture, Design, and Fine Arts programs.
Contact: cossutius@cca.edu
Founded: fall 2004

Alternative Sports Club

To provide a space to be active in creative ways. We are open to all activities including skateboarding, capture the flag, dodgeball, etc.
Contact: sports@cca.edu
Founded: fall 2013

American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

This group of architecture students comes together to discuss various issues and to facilitate interaction between upper- and lower-division students.
Contact: aias@cca.edu
Founded: fall 2005

Animation Resource Center (ARC)

ARC's mission is to create a stronger sense of community within the Animation Program and provide a centralized location for resrouces to students for their artistic ventures.
Contact: theccaarc@cca.edu
Founded: fall 2013

Animation Study Group

The Animation Study Group seeks to expand CCA’s animation community past the classroom and to cultivate a culture of enthusiasm and excellence.
Contact: asg@cca.edu
Founded: spring 2011

Animé Night

To increase the appreciation and understanding of Japanese animation as a meaningful and multifaceted art form.
Contact: anime@cca.edu
Founded: fall 2011

Ceramics Guild

Our goal is to continue the fine tradition of the Ceramics Guild at the college and provide an interface among the students, faculty, and staff of the ceramics department. We plan to raise money for functions that will broaden awareness of CCA's Ceramics Program.
Contact: ceramicsguild@cca.edu

Future Action Reclamation Mob (FARM)

FARM is an alternative form of nonviolent protest, reclaiming unused public space to build community. With several variations of FARM currently in the works, the Hooper chapter of FARM works to revitalize the city-owned land adjacent to CCA’s San Francisco campus.
Contact: farm@cca.edu
Founded: spring 2008

Glass League

To enhance and inform the CCA community of the craft of glass through fundraising events, guest lecturers, and social events.
Contact: jgilbert@cca.edu
Founded: fall 1977

International Interior Design Association (IIDA)

IIDA is a professional networking and educational association committed to enhancing the quality of life through excellence in interior design and advancing interior design through knowledge.
Contact: iida@cca.edu
Founded: fall 2006

International Student Alliance (ISA)

To create an engaged international CCA community, where students, faculty, and staff can share cultural traditions, potential events, and goals to connect students to resources.
Contact: isap@cca.edu
Founded: fall 2007

Light House (Bible Study Group)

To foster a welcoming community of spiritual faith and establish a place in which others can freely explore and consider religious faith and ideas.
Contact: lighthouse@cca.edu
Founded: fall 2011

Painting Club

To unify the painters and drawers of CCA for cooperation and mutual inspiration.
Contact: painting@cca.edu
Founded: spring 2011

PLAySPACE Committee

PLAySPACE, the Paulette Long and Shepard Pollack Art Community Experiment, is a student-run, experimental exhibition space. It aims to foster an environment that generates dialogue, artistic growth, and artistic opportunities for members of the CCA community, surrounding communities, and beyond.
Contact: playspace@cca.edu
Founded: fall 2004

Queer/Straight Alliance (QSA)

The QSA strives to provide a “safe space” where all individuals can be free of harassment, discrimination, isolation, judgment, or violence, or any combination thereof, that occurs because of who they are, and to raise public awareness through multiple perspectives about diverse issues surrounding the LGBT community and its presence here at CCA.
Contact: qsa@cca.edu
Founded: fall 2009
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Social Projects and Communal Environments (SPACE)

Through Temporary Installations, interventions and forms of social projects and civic engagement. SPACE strives to re-imagine and re-conceptualize beyond the spaces around us in order to build community and visibility within and beyond the CCA sculpture program.
Contact: space@cca.edu
Founded: Fall 2010

Students of Color Coalition

The Students of Color Coalition is open to all students, faculty, and staff interested in the success and retention of students of color at CCA regardless of ethnic or racial background.
Contact: scc@cca.edu
Founded: spring 2010

Trans-a-genda (TAG)

Trans-a-genda is a space for "trans", gender variant and questioning CCA students to feel safe to share and explore their art and identity. We are committed to strengthening CCA's support for trans students as well as providing regular social events to connect our community.
Contact: trans-a-genda@cca.edu
Founded: fall 2013