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What Does Making Look Like Now?



CCA students explore protest using cardboard as their medium

In the First Year Core Studio program, students deepen their understanding of themselves and their craft.

A student wears a headdress resembling a dragon made out of cardboard.


The modern animator: director, storyteller, actor, and artist

Animators bring stories to life on screen. You can bring your unique story to life, and land your dream job, by learning the art and craft of animation.

Sculpted figurines resembling whimsical versions of medieval characters with one holding a dagger upside down.

Media coverage / April 20, 2022

CCA faculty Rita Bullwinkel honored with Whiting Award

From the selection committee: “The stories of Rita Bullwinkel glimmer like objects in a wunderkammer that shift their shapes when taken up in the hand...she sounds simply like herself and nobody else.”

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Sustainable architecture: The greenest solution?

Professors from California College of the Arts explain why they advocate for resilient design to meet the challenges of a warming planet.

A drawn rendering of futuristic dwellings floating on a river with their anchors visible in the water below.

Press release / April 13, 2022

CCA reaches collective bargaining agreements with unionized staff, faculty

CCA employees represented by SEIU Local 1021 have voted to ratify tentative collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) with the college.

CCA official logo.

Press release / March 30, 2022

CCA Presents Dennis Leon and the Art of Instruction

The exhibition features the work of long-time CCA instructor Dennis Leon, alongside work from his students.

Urbanstones #3 (1988), collage and pastel, 60” x 89” Dennis Leon


How to become an illustrator: 5 tips for high school students

Learn how to become an illustrator with these five tips from professors at a top-ten art and design college.

The word illustration is drawn into a mural of branches and leaves adorning a large classroom wall

Press release / March 17, 2022

CCA Curatorial Practice and CCA Wattis Institute Present Resonance of Place, April 28–May 14, 2022

Resonance of Place, a multi-site exhibition reflecting on the body’s precarious relationship to its surroundings, curated by the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice Class of 2022.

"Natani Notah, #TsiiyéełPowered, 2017-present. Documentation of ongoing walking performance.


Focused on the future with CCA campus unification

With the creativity and inventive solutions that artists and designers are known for, CCA’s campuses will be unified in San Francisco on schedule in fall 2022.

View from the street looking toward the corner of a modern-style building with the CCA logo in teal in the window. A row of palm trees lines the sunny street.

Press release / March 10, 2022

CCA presents the 2022 MFA Graduating Class Exhibition

The exhibition debuts work from 27 emerging artists in CCA’s graduate program in fine arts.

A black square with white text across three lines reading “CCA MFA 2022’.


Why unification?

Discover how our campus expansion project is transforming CCA into a residential campus that unifies all our academic programs on a single campus and supports innovative, cross-disciplinary work.

An architectural rendering, or illustration, of CCA’s planned Double Ground campus shows groups of students walking together and playing Frisbee on a lawn surrounded by gardens, a plaza, and new buildings for classrooms and studios.


Cultivating a human-centered approach to problem-solving

If you've ever ordered a poke bowl from UberEats, you've benefited from a human-centered approach to design. Learn how this design-based problem-solving process is revolutionizing business creativity.

A group of twelve students gather in a circle around a table with post-its.


Graduate students at CCA curate fun in the exhibition plaYplaYplaY

Student curators from the Curatorial Practice and MFA Writing programs get the opportunity to organize an exhibition centered around play.

Liz Hafey adds pink polka dots to her work Seeing Spots (2020).


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.


Game arts: 5 trends for the future

Game arts experts identify five trends that will define the future of game design and what they mean for gamers and aspiring game artists.

A tablet shows a sketch of medieval characters with swords and armor facing a dragon.

Press release / Feb. 14, 2022

CCA appoints Nicolas Elsishans as chief financial officer

California College of the Arts (CCA) President Stephen Beal announced Nicolas Elsishans as chief financial officer, effective February 28.

CCA official logo.

Media coverage / Feb. 1, 2022

CCA Faculty Janette Kim, Brendon Levitt, and James Graham win Buell Prize at ACSA

CCA faculty Janette Kim, Brendon Levitt, and James Graham win the Buell Prize for course development in architecture, climate change, and society at ASCA, the international association of architecture schools.

Graphic with black background with white letters spelling ASCA.


How architectural design can improve social equity

Today, thought leaders in the field are approaching architectural design with an eye not only to aesthetics and environmental sustainability, but also to social equity.

Drawing of people of all ages and ethnicities gathering for picnics and barbecues in a green space surrounded by houses.


Four tips for finding art colleges that fit your goals

Learn how to choose among the hundreds of art and design colleges in the country to find which ones would best fit your artistic vision, career goals, and your personality.

Two students use a straight edge over small cardboard maquettes.
Portrait of David Owens-Hill.

David Owens-Hill

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