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Multipurpose outdoor studio for recreation, making and learning

General Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8a- 6p

Spring 2019 Studio Access Hours (pending student worker availability):
Monday: 9 am -9 pm
Tuesday: 9 am -9 pm
Wednesday: 9 am -9 pm
Thursday: 9 am -9 pm
Saturday: 12 noon - 5pm
Sunday: 12 noon - 5pm

Main Building
SF Campus

Open to any person with valid CCA ID or guest sticker during general hours.
During extended studio hours, CCA students, staff, and faculty with current ID can access the Backlot through the door in the corridor between the Nave and Media Services, either by ringing the bell for the Backlot monitor or by applying for ID card authorization to

CCA fabrication shops and studios are only available to currently enrolled students and active staff and faculty. Alumni are not allowed to use the fabrication shop facilities at this time.

About the Backlot

CCA's Back Lot is a multipurpose outdoor studio for recreation, making, and learning. All members of the CCA community are encouraged to explore, create, and enjoy the back lot. Here you will also find the Welding Studio, the Materials Reuse Center, the Cement and Plaster Studio,and the Backlot FARM. Areas within the Backlot can be reserved by CCA staff and faculty for events or classes by submitting a reservation request via EMS. To do an installation or a project on the backlot, please submit a Backlot Project Request form.

Specializing in These Materials

  • Ceramic
  • Concrete
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Polymers
  • Resin
  • Wood

Tools and Equipment

  • Hand tools
  • Makita cordless drills
  • Makita impact drivers
  • Makita cordless circular saw
  • Makita cordless reciprocating saw
  • Bosch jigsaw
  • DeWalt right-angle grinders
  • DeWalt full-size miter saw on portable table
  • DeWalt and Porter-Cable air compressors
  • Ingersoll-Rand die grinder
  • Ingersoll-Rand right-angle die grinders
  • Pneumatic sheet metal shears
  • Pneumatic sheet metal nibblers
  • Porter-Cable narrow-crown stapler and brad nailers
  • Patio umbrellas
  • Lounge chairs
  • Hammocks
  • Sports equipment: basketballs, volleyballs, soccer balls, frisbees, etc
  • 40 4 x 8’ artificial lawn mats
  • Propane grill
  • Portable sound system
  • Small portable stage
  • 2 Orange air dancers


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