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A return to form: The Fall 2021 BFA Design Thesis Show gets real

Learn about some of the art and projects on display at the Perry Family Event Center (350 Kansas Street) for the fall’s 2021 BFA Design Thesis showcase.

Visitors take in illustrations and graphics arranged neatly on a gallery wall.


Over the Threshold: Returning to campus with energy and experimentation

From tie-dye to chainsaws and Tamagotchis, Design faculty and students are making the leap, returning to campus and community to learn together once more.

A student cuts wood wearing goggles and a face mask in a light-filled workshop.


Where to put your graphic design degree to work

With a graphic design degree, job opportunities are abundant and varied. Across industries, businesses and organizations rely on graphic designers to create visual concepts that communicate ideas and information.

A selection of posters aligned at various angles sits atop a backdrop of yellow pamphlets.


Class Spotlight: Students explore Oakland’s urban history one step at a time

CCA students in the class “Hella Oakland” discovered a whole new side of the city through immersive walking tours of historical neighborhoods like West Oakland, Rockridge, and Jack London Square.

A panoramic photo of Oakland’s Lake Merritt at dusk, with the city’s skyline in the background.

Press release / Dec. 21, 2021

CCA appoints Tricia Brand as inaugural vice president of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging

California College of the Arts (CCA) President Stephen Beal announced Tricia Brand as the college’s inaugural vice president of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB), effective April 1, 2022.

Drone view looking down at the San Francisco campus of CCA


Can game design be a tool for social justice?

Building interactive new worlds as a game designer is a powerful way to share your vision for a more just future.

A room with a video game set up in the background and a wall with the text “Game Arts Home Room” in the foreground.


We Are Image Makers: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Illustrators are indeed storytellers. Get a glimpse at some of the stories students have made and what inspires them.

Geometric illustration with abstract figures posing.


Studio Forward: In the Act of Becoming

In this experimental, open-ended course, we build new models for future visioning, work in interdisciplinary teams, and maximize our sponsored partnerships.

Photograph of a fence covered in black tarp overlaid by red tape placed in X shapes and a grid of posters.


Meet industrial design student Emilie Cevallos Paredes

Learn how Emilie Cevallos Paredes draws inspiration from her heritage, turns her hobbies into a career, and dispels preconceived beliefs about art school.

Headshot of CCA industrial design student Emilie Cevallos Paredes.


Using your degree in illustration: Professional options

Learn how you can use your degree in illustration to do just about anything, from marketing and publishing to surface design and murals.



Include writing in your admissions portfolio with these 7 tips

Portfolios can include far more than you think. Adding samples of your original written work can strengthen your application.
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Making a career shift with a master’s in design

A master’s in design can put you on a fast track to a new career, where you can imagine and build a better future.

A design workshop in progress, led by a man wearing a green jacket.


Six things I wish I’d known when applying to grad school

A graduate admissions counselor shares lessons learned and expert advice to make your application stand out.
Seven people at a workshop smile around a table as they chat and arrange pink post-its.


CCA’s First-Generation College Community

Colleges like CCA empower their first-gen students to achieve.
Tissue-paper art in the Mexican style with the letters CCA forming the design.


The MFA program: 5 things to consider when choosing a fine arts degree

Pursuing a master of fine arts is one of the best ways to take your artistic practice to the next level.

A close-up view of colorful brushes and palette knives in a red toolbox.

Press release / Oct. 28, 2021

CCA’s annual Holiday Art & Craft Fair and Homecoming festivities take place November 20 on CCA’s Oakland campus

Visit CCA’s Oakland campus at 5212 Broadway for food trucks, live music by the Delta Wires, open studios, and handmade goods for sale from CCA students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

The holiday fair on CCA's Oakland campus in 2019.

Press release / Oct. 25, 2021

The Wattis Institute presents Josh Faught: Look Across the Water Into the Darkness, Look for the Fog

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts announces a new solo exhibition by San Francisco-based artist Josh Faught: Look Across the Water Into the Darkness, Look for the Fog, January 13–March 5, 2022.
A detail close-up of Josh Faught's "Garland," 2019.

Media coverage / Oct. 22, 2021

Artist and distinguished alum Manuel Neri dies at 91

Influential Bay Area sculptor Manuel Neri (Alum 1956) passed away on Monday, October 18, 2021. The San Francisco Chronicle’s obituary honors Neri’s life and work.

Manuel Neri sits in front of his sculptures in a black and white photograph

Media coverage / Oct. 22, 2021

The Climify podcast helps design educators “climify” their syllabi

Climify connects climate scientists and design educators to bring climate-related projects into the classroom. The podcast is created and produced by Climate Designers, which was co-founded by CCA Adjunct Professor Marc O’Brien.
Climify logo on a blue background

Press release / Oct. 21, 2021

California College of the Arts appoints Julie Lythcott-Haims and Abby Sadin Schnair to Board of Trustees

California College of the Arts announces the appointments of Julie Lythcott-Haims and Abby Sadin Schnair to the Board of Trustees for an initial three-year term.
The exterior of CCA's main building from the backlot.
Portrait of David Owens-Hill.

David Owens-Hill

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