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First Year MFA in Writing students are invited to submit a piece of prose (fiction, creative non-fiction) or poetry for consideration for the All College Honors Award. You may submit one submission to each category (one prose, one poetry). Student work is assessed by a juror, and the awards are dispensed in Fall 2020.

Submission requirements:

-You can submit one piece or multiple up to 15 pages

-You can submit to both the poetry and the prose categories

-Include a one page personal statement with your manuscript 

-Deadline is 4/24/20


Chair, Graduate Interaction Design Program

Open Rank Faculty Position, Full Time

San Francisco, CA

Deadline: Priority deadline for initial review is October 28th. Position open until filled. 


Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent non-profit art college with undergraduate programs in architecture, design, fine arts, visual studies, and writing and literature. The college also has graduate programs in architecture, comics, design, interaction design, curatorial practice, design strategy, fine arts, social practice, film, visual and critical studies, and writing. Through these programs, the college has created a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment to fulfill the school’s motto of “Make art that matters.” Diverse cultural perspectives enrich the CCA community and the college believes that continuing to expand the horizons of the students and faculty is essential to achieving its educational objectives. CCA represents over one hundred years of dedication to its mission, whose character reflects its location in the San Francisco Bay Area, where histories of radical politics and technological innovation inform a culturally rich academic community infused by art schools, research universities, world-renowned museums, galleries, start-ups and community-run institutions. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students and is embarking on a major campus planning project that will unify the college in one location and ensure its academic excellence for the next century.


The Graduate Interaction Design Program at California College of the Arts is a highly competitive, one-year (12 month), intensive Master of Design (MDes) program for students with prior experience in design or a design-related field. Founded in 2015, this vanguard program educates practitioners for one of the most dynamic and expanding fields of professional practice today. As a key area of growth for the College there are opportunities for envisioning new pathways.  

CCA is immersed in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, an innovation capital and “ground zero” for design, cultural production and social impact. This program is a leader in bringing diverse voices to the practice of interaction design and our faculty are leading practitioners drawn from outstanding companies and studios in the San Francisco Bay area. The student population is global with alumni in key positions locally and internationally. 

The mission of the program is to empower practitioners to humanize technology through design. We do this through a curriculum that imparts a bold mix of design craft, strategic vision, social impact, and leadership skills. Our emphasis on leadership enables graduates to have a greater impact on the culture of teams and organizations. At CCA we learn by doing. The education takes place in a collaborative, studio-based environment, and through partnership with external organizations and companies. The city of San Francisco is an extension of our campus - we practice design and leadership skills in a real-world setting. 

The Graduate Interaction Design Program is part of the Design Division, which consists of six undergraduate programs in Illustration, Furniture, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interaction Design, and Industrial Design, and two additional graduate programs, an interdisciplinary MFA in Design and an MBA in Design Strategy. 


The chair is responsible for the vision, leadership, and administration of the program within the

context of the Design Division and the college.

The Chair is responsible for ensuring program relevance, educational excellence, and ongoing successful operations. Responsibilities include planning, oversight, and operational management of the program’s curriculum, budget, and initiatives, as well as organizational leadership for staff, faculty, and students. The Chair is responsible for staying actively involved with both the curriculum and contemporary practice. 

The Chair reports directly to the Dean of Design and works to achieve programmatic, divisional, and institutional goals in partnership with key offices including Academic Affairs, Admissions, Alumni Relations, Marketing, Communications, Facilities, and the offices of the Provost and the President. As this is a faculty position, the Chair is expected to teach in the program.



● Lead faculty in developing and implementing program curricula and identity.

● Ensure curricula comply with specialized and primary accreditors’ guidelines.

● Lead regular assessment of student learning in partnership with the faculty and use results

to inform strategic decisions to improve curricula, facilities, technology use, staffing, etc.


● Devise, prepare, and monitor program budget in support of learning outcomes and the program mission.

● Work with faculty and the Dean to develop program goals, strategies, and metrics consistent with college and program missions. 

● Work with the Dean and academic director’s office and appropriate staff to determine and communicate staffing, facilities, equipment, and other program needs.

● Produce a timely, accurate, and appropriate course schedule.

● Work with academic staff to manage the day-to-day running of the program.

● Ensure that faculty in the program have accurate and appropriate teaching loads based on their appointments.

● Ensure all program’s administrative documents are submitted accurately and in accordance with timelines, including goals documents, course schedule, budget, and course syllabi.

  • Maintain a program that responds to the needs and goals of a culturally-diverse student and faculty community and is relevant to the rapidly changing respective professional fields.
  • In cooperation with the Dean of Design, build a portfolio of external partnerships to enhance and define student experience.


● Identify, recruit, and make hiring recommendations for qualified faculty. 

● Assess program faculty composition in light of diversity, visibility, and program goals and teaching effectiveness.

● Conduct regular performance evaluation of all program faculty.

● Manage, mentor, and support faculty in their roles as teachers.

● Provide letters of recommendation for program faculty undergoing promotion reviews.  

● Effectively implement the Collective Bargaining Agreement for covered faculty.

● Lead regular program meetings with program faculty.


● Build a strong community with regular, open communication between students, faculty and staff.

Work collaboratively with Enrollment Management to establish and reach enrollment goals by developing and implementing effective student recruitment strategies.

● Build working partnerships with internal offices including: facilities, career services, alumni services, communications, enrollment management, and financial aid.

● Attend and represent the program at Academic Affairs, Enrollment, Alumni, and Advancement-related events.

● Work with the Marketing/Communications and Alumni Offices to increase college and program visibility through promoting up-to-date student, faculty and alumni achievements.

● Attend mandatory chairs trainings, as well as all college-wide and division-wide chairs meetings.

● Be responsive to requests for program-related information or input from college-wide staff in a timely manner.


● Establish and enhance academic and professional networks for the program.  

● Other duties specific to the program’s needs, as required.


The ideal candidate will be a well-connected design thought-leader with a proven record of professional success in IxD, UX, AI, systems design, design for social impact, or design leadership.  

We seek candidates with leadership experience who have worked with culturally diverse groups. Prior experience in teaching and/or academic administration is preferred. Suitable applicants will have experience with team-based design, and/or collaborative working processes, and a developed point of view on contemporary issues such as humanizing technology, sustainability, social justice, AI, emerging technology, and/or trust/ethics.  Candidates should be well-organized and possess superior management and administrative skills.


  • Bachelor degree in design, design strategy, business or a relevant discipline.
  • Evidence of successful leadership in an academic or professional environment
  • Five years of professional experience in IxD, UX, AI, systems design, design for social impact, design leadership, or a relevant discipline. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent management and administrative skills, either in academic or industry
  • Experience working with diverse, multi-cultural groups


  • Advanced degree in a relevant field and/or equivalent experience/training 
  • Effective teaching experience. 
  • Experience with team-based design, or collaborative working processes
  • Experience working on projects related to either humanizing technology, sustainability, social justice, ethics/trust, AI or emerging technology


Commensurate with qualifications and includes a comprehensive benefits package.


Priority deadline for initial review is October 28th. Position open until filled. 


Qualified applicants must complete the online application by uploading the following materials:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest highlighting points of excellence in your professional practice and/or academic experience that would underpin your suitability for this role 
  • Evidence of professional practice: Submit any one, or a combination of the following: Portfolio (pdf file), website, up to 10 minutes of video, Pdfs of published work
  • Contact information for three professional references 

Additional materials may be requested by the search committee at a later date.  

EEO Statement

As an educational and cultural institution, California College of the Arts has a responsibility to provide access and opportunities for all people, with special attention to supporting groups historically underrepresented in higher education. We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff, and trustee bodies should reflect the diverse world in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability. California College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

Deadline for applications: MAY 1, 2020

This application is for travel between: MAY 15 2020 - MAY 15 2021
Notification of decision: MAY 15 (approximate)


Faculty Development Grants (formerly the travel and professional grants) are intended to support faculty in their growth as instructors and professionals in their fields. Faculty Development Grants will replace both the travel and professional development grants to streamline the process and provide greater opportunity to faculty. Any faculty member (except visiting and distinguished professors) may apply for the FDG in any of the three rounds of proposals. The funds may be used to support any of the following activities:

  • Travel to a conference, training or workshop (airfare, lodging, rental car, mileage, public transportation)
  • Registration fee for a conference, training or workshop
  • Subscription or access costs for professional work
  • Production or materials costs for professional work
  • Payment for services connected to your professional work, if it can be invoiced

Faculty Development Grants may not be used to reimburse faculty for their own time or work.  The maximum award amount is $2000. Faculty may apply at each round, but may only be awarded one grant per year. Selected proposals will be funded at their full proposed amount, up to $2000. FDG grants are not retroactive and cannot cover expenses already spent. However, faculty may apply during any round for expenses planned up to 12 months after the awards are made. Faculty must submit reimbursement documentation within two weeks post travel (for travel-related expenses) or two weeks of expenditure (for all other expenses). Upon notification of award, awardees must meet in person with the Manager of Academic Affairs to receive clearance to use their funds.

 Please see the Faculty Development Grant web page for further information regarding selection and evaluation criteria. 

Deadline for application: 15 May, 2020
  Travel window: 1 June 2020 – 15 September 2020
  Notifications sent: 15 June 2020 (approximate)
  ​Report and expenses due: Two weeks post travel

 CCA Student Travel Grants are awarded to select student applicants to help fund travel related to their coursework. Funding may go towards speaking at a conference, conference attendance, or research-related travel, and a clear correlation between the trip and the student applicant’s studies at CCA must be made. This grant is not for travel expenses related to study abroad courses.

  The maximum award for an individual travel grant is $500. The grants are competitive; not all students applying for a grant will receive one.

  Grants are for travel that has yet to occur at the time of submission. (Retroactive grants will not be awarded.)

 Please visit the Student Travel Award Portal page for more information. 

This summer, from June 1–July 31, the CCA Hubbell Street Galleries (131, 141, and 151 Hubbell Street) in San Francisco will be activated as studio spaces/laboratories for three recent alumnx ('10-'20) to develop and publicly present projects, performances, readings, workshops, or collections of work. Each resident will be awarded a $500 honorarium, plus additional equipment and production support from the CCA Exhibitions department.* 

The prompt for this residency is Methods of Acti(ng)on. Specifically suited for alumnx who are working in forms that explore social, political, environmental, and economic issues, this residency is structured to support individuals or collectives that are investigating some of today's most pressing issues. The residency aims to support practices that require time and space for research, experimentation, and audience engagement. In prior years residents have used their dedicated spaces to create new work, experiment in new mediums, conduct studio visits, and create large-scale installations. 

This year, the Alumnx Residency coincides with an exhibition presented by Anthea Black and Jessica Whitbread, publishers of The HIV Howler: Transmitting Art and Activism. The HIV Howler is a limited edition art newspaper focusing on global grassroots HIV art and cultural production. This exhibition will activate the gallery at 161 Hubbell Street as an editorial and curatorial laboratory for production of the newspaper's fifth issue. Alumnx Residents will also have the chance to connect with upcoming programming for CCA’s Creative Citizens in Action initiative, which promotes creative activism and democratic engagement through public programs, exhibitions, and curriculum connections.

Residency expectations include, but are not limited to, occupancy and activation of the space throughout the duration of the residency (i.e. using the space as a studio or a space for public programming). The gallery spaces have large windows and are visible to the public; it is an expectation that work or work in progress is shown within the gallery. This is not meant to be an exhibition opportunity; it is an opportunity to have space to research and experiment. The minimum number of hours for usage of the gallery is not dictated but the aim is to support artists who will take full advantage of this opportunity by being present and engaged throughout the duration of the residency. 

Recipients of this residency opportunity will be notified by May 1. If you have questions about this application, please e-mail exhibitions@cca.edu. Floor plans for the galleries can be found here

*These galleries do not have fabrication facilities, but basic tools will be provided for your usage. Access to the CCA library, media center inventory, and computer labs can be arranged. 


This application is for Bachelor of Fine Arts Seniors graduating in the Fall of 2020 or Spring of 2021 to apply for a Senior Thesis Exhibition. If you are planning to have your exhibition at a CCA Exhibitions gallery you must apply by April 5th. If you have questions in regards to your expected graduation date please make sure to contact your Academic Advisor. If your expected graduation date changes after you've applied for an exhibition, please make sure to update the Exhibitions department of this immediately so we can adjust the calendar accordingly and make space available to others.
Students must apply for an exhibition space on the campus where their department is housed and where their senior projects courses are scheduled to take place. For example, graduating Senior BFA Painting & Drawing students must apply to exhibit on the San Francisco Campus at the 151 Hubbell St Student Gallery as this is where your program, Senior Projects course, and studios are housed. 

Please read the Senior Thesis Exhibition Application FAQ before applying. Floor plans for the galleries can be found here.
Notification of exhibition assignments for seniors will take place in April. If you do not receive a notification, please contact exhibitions@cca.edu to make sure that your application was received.
Please contact exhibitions@cca.edu with any questions. 

This application is open to students who meet the following eligibility criteria:

- Majoring in one of the following programs: Ceramics, Community Arts, Glass, Individualized, Jewelry/Metal Arts, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, or Textiles
- Have a cumulative GPA or 3.0 or higher
- Are enrolled/plan to enroll in 12 credits or more for the Fall 2020 semester
- Plan to graduate in the Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 semester
- Open to domestic and international students

*Printmedia majors who receive a Hamaguchi Scholarship in 2020 are NOT ELIGIBLE for the All College Honors awards.

** Students who are double majoring and have previously been awarded an All College Honors award are not eligible to apply a second time, regardless of which program or division gave the award the first time.

*** Students who are double majoring in one of the aforementioned eligible programs and in either Animation or Film may only submit an All College Honors Scholarship application through one portal. (i.e. They must choose to do either this broader Fine Arts application, or be considered in Film or Animation ONLY.)

Students who are selected to receive an All College Honors Scholarship for the 2020 - 2021 academic year must also participate in an ACH exhibition to take place at the start of the Fall 2020 semester. 

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