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MFA Fine Arts Studio

Last updated on Apr 23, 2024

The studio spaces are 24-hour access only for students enrolled in MFA Fine Arts Program.

The Dogpatch Shops and equipment access varies on Staffing hours.
Please view the calendar below to learn the hours of the Woodshop and Tool Center.

MFA Woodshop
*Sunday-Thursday, see calendar for hours*

MFA Tool Center
*open daily, see calendar for hours*

MFA Ceramics Lab
*access by reservation, selected student access only*

MFA Digital Print Station
*access by reservation only, orientation required*

MFA Flat Lab
*open access, orientation required*

Please contact the Studio Manager with any questions.

Dogpatch MFA Studio complex
American Industrial Center on 3rd Street

Currently, only MFA Students, Faculty, and Staff have access the Dogpatch Studios. Any guests or general student body access must be accompanied by an MFA Student or Staff Member.

Due to academic program needs and the large volume of students that this space supports, CCA facilities are not available to alumni at this time.

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Laurus Myth

Studio Manager - MFA Fine Arts & Design

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Ryan Parham

Associate Director of Studio Operations

About the MFA Fine Arts Studio

The Dogpatch Woodshop, Tool Center, and Bench Room compose the fabrication space within the MFA Studios. The Dogpatch MFA Shops house many essential pieces of equipment for student use including a full Woodshop, hand tools, saws, sanders, drill presses, and a wood lathe. Additional Fabrication spaces such as the MFA Flat Lab, for textiles and printmaking, the MFA Ceramics Lab, and the MFA Digital Print Station as well as a flat lab for 2D projects.

Specializing in These Materials

  • Concrete
  • Fabric
  • Foam
  • Ink
  • Paper
  • Pigment
  • Plaster
  • Plastic
  • Plywood
  • Wood

Tools and Equipment

  • Bosch Compound Miter Saw
  • Delta Drill Press
  • Saw Stop Table Saw
  • Laguna Bandsaw
  • Jet Lathe for Wood
  • Powermatic disc/belt combination sanders
  • Makita Hand Router


CCA Shop Orientations are available during the first ten weeks of the semester. We cannot provide new student orientations after week ten of the semester.

The MFA WoodShop is open for use by anyone who has taken and passed the Model Shop Orientation in the year. Orientations are available during the first ten weeks of the semester, sign up at the Model Shop in person at SF Main Campus, and visit the Model Shop Orientation page for dates.

The MFA Digital Print Station is accessible to all MFA students who complete an orientation. The large format printer is a lockout tool and require a studio manager for access. There are various paper types, and print settings available at prices listed on site. Students will need a PaperCut account to pay for prints. See the calendar for orientations and reservation slots.

The MFA Flat Lab is accessible to all MFA students who complete an orientation. The Sewing Machines are on lockouts and require a studio manager for access. The printing presses are open access, and printmaking kits are available for check out. See the calendar for orientation dates, or contact the studio manager.

The MFA Wood Lathe is accessible only to students who have taken furniture class orientations for the tool specifically and can pass the safety and use test provided by the studio manager. Please request a Tool Use Test from the studio manager for access.

The MFA Ceramics Lab (for Fall 2022) is open to approved students who are in their second year of the MFA program and are exhibiting in the spring, who have sustained a ceramics practice during their first year and have taken the proper orientations, and are currently not enrolled in a ceramics course. Orientations are provided by the studio manager by appointment.