Art Academics

Our academic programs support creative practitioners who strive for a world that’s brighter, more inclusive, relentlessly innovative, and ecologically resilient.


about us

Immerse yourself in our creative culture

Pursue your passions at California College of the Arts, where diverse practices meet and inspiration is at every turn. With access to the Bay Area’s creative communities and thriving industries, you’ll take part in exciting collaborations, deepen your practice, and learn from art and design leaders, including our renowned faculty.

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Core disciplines


Connect theoretical speculation and material innovation with experimental design methods in our four academic programs and five research labs.

Core disciplines


Develop the skills to imagine and create new kinds of objects, images, systems, and interactions that contribute meaningfully to our world.

Core disciplines

Fine Arts

Find your voice, identify your audience, and make your mark in the expansive worlds of contemporary art, craft, and digital media.

Core disciplines


Explore critical thinking as a creative act and advance cultural engagement through research, studio work, and writing.


Dedicated studio managers

Young Artist Studio Program

With a high level of overlap across disciplines, students use studios and shops to collaborate with friends from other programs and take their own projects in unexpected directions. Check out a few of our favorite spaces for cross-disciplinary work below.

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What We Do

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Studios + Shops

The right tool or material is often exactly what you need to achieve a breakthrough. Our creative spaces, overseen by experienced studio managers, support your work in traditional craftsmanship, digital fabrication, and hybrid practices.


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Contact Us

School of Art + Design
143 Art and Design Building
408 E. Peabody Drive
Champaign, IL 61752