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Commencement Event Series

The Commencement Event Series is an offering of virtual events to celebrate in community and support the launch of your creative career. Those included below are open to all Class of 2021 students. Several academic programs also have special gatherings and celebrations planned, which will be listed here. All event times are listed in Pacific Daylight Time. Recordings of past programs will be posted when available.


MFA Writing Thesis Craft Talks & Readings

Fri, Mar 5 2021, 4PM - Fri, Apr 30 2021, 6PM

Join the MFA in Writing community as we celebrate our Thesis students' as they read from and discuss their culminating graduate writing projects.

For Zoom login info, please contact Program Manager, Ben Austin-Docampo b.austin-docampo@cca.edu


BFA Senior Thesis Conversations

Mon, Mar 29 2021, 12PM - Mon, Apr 26 2021, 7PM

BFA Senior Thesis Conversations are live virtual events where graduating students from CCA's Textiles, Photography, Individualized Studies, Sculpture, Glass, Printmedia, Jewelry and Metal Arts, Ceramics, Community Arts, and Painting and Drawing programs publicly share their capstone work.


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In Person: 2021 Graduate Fine Arts MFA Showcase Exhibition (Pre-registration Required)

Thu, Apr 8 2021, 12PM - Thu, Apr 29 2021, 5PM
360 Kansas Street, San Francisco

Join us in person for a new exhibition featuring a selection of work by 16 emerging artists from California College of the Arts’ graduate program in fine arts. This is a meaningful milestone for the graduating students and marks the first in-person exhibition at CCA since the school transitioned to remote coursework due to the health risk posed by COVID–19. Organized by writer, critic, and CCA faculty member Glen Helfand. Free and open to the public by appointment only. Masks required. Health and safety protocols will be in place.


AICAD Art and Design Virtual Career Fair

Fri, April 16 2021, 9AM - 2PM

The Art & Design Virtual Career Fair, will allow you to connect with employers and organizations across the country. Participating employers and organizations will be meeting with students and alumni from 20+ AICAD schools.


Contact Traces

Sun, May 9 2021 - Sun, June 6 2021

CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, in partnership with the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, is delighted to present: Contact Traces, an exhibition featuring work by Derya Akay, Lenka Clayton, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ilana Harris-Babou, and Jenny Kendler. Curated by the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice Class of 2021: Leandra Burnett, Katherine Jemima Hamilton, Shaelyn Hanes, Youyou Ma, and Emily Markert. On view by appointment at the CCA Wattis Institute.


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Interactive Viewing of Commencement Ceremony

Mon, May 10 2021

Save the date! We will bring CCA to you through an interactive viewing of this year's commencement ceremony video. Specific details including time and login information will be shared closer to the event. It will remain available online for your viewing convenience.


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Class of 2021 Showcase Launch

Mon, May 10 2021

Save the date! The Class of 2021 Showcase will officially launch to the public on May 10.


Career Expo 2021

Wed, May 19 2021

The Career Expo is a private employment job fair for CCA's undergraduate and graduate students and alumni community of designers, artists, and architects to meet such local and national industry-leading employers.


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Recent Grad Week 2021

Mon, June 14 2021 - Fri, June 18 2021

Save the date! A week of workshops and events. Connect with employers, update yourself on industries, get advice on how to approach your internship/career search.