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Last updated on Feb 26, 2024

Design: Design Division

Design Division Cover Image - Nave Illustration


The Design Division at California College of the Arts is a sanctuary for creative risk-taking, where wonder and imagination are amplified through rigor and craft.

We equip makers, thinkers and doers with the wherewithal to envision alternative futures, and the creative capacity to deliver inspired, generative solutions. CCA advances contemporary practice and the self-realization of the designer as a dynamic agent of cultural, social and ecological change, while providing strategic access to specialized resources and deep professional networks. We do so through formal preparation in the art of design, in systems thinking, problematization, storytelling, experimentation and business strategy, all nurtured by the boundlessness, technological leadership and non-conformity particularly characteristic of Bay Area culture.

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Design Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Minors

Learn more about CCA's five undergraduate minors: Ecological Practices, Computational Practices, Social Practice, and Community Engagement, History of Art and Visual Culture, and Writing and Literature.

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Header Image Credit:

Artwork: "Skool" by Michael Kang (BFA Illustration)
Typeface Design: "Condensed Milk" by Donnah Perez (BFA Graphic Design)