Designing the future and creating culture at the epicenter of design and technology

San Francisco is the creative capital of Silicon Valley. Our faculty work at Apple, Google, Facebook, IDEO, Frog, Method, and other innovative companies. As one of the world’s first undergraduate interaction design programs, we’re defining the field. By learning investigative research, systematic thinking, creative prototyping, and hands-on building, you’ll be ready to succeed and lead in this growing profession.



SF is a great place to be a student and CCA is a beautiful place to bask in the wild ambition, quick-thinking, and cutting humor that defines the city.
San Francisco is home to freedom seekers and culture hackers. Walk a few blocks in one direction and you are in Little Saigon, walk a few more to an alley lined with French bistros; push on toward the Pacific Ocean and find excellent Korean BBQ and surfers rolling in the Pacific waves. Music abounds, from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, to our world-class symphony and opera.

We love our teams: the SF Giants play in one of America’s most beautifully designed ballparks a 20-minute walk from the CCA SF campus. Amble across the iconic Bay Bridge, to sunny Oakland, home for many CCA students and faculty, a city unafraid to confront and embrace great political questions, and to explore and experiment .

Learn more about the program and how to apply: 

BFA Program Information

Graduate Program Information 



World-Class Facilities 

The hybrid lab at CCA

The hybrid lab at CCA

The Hybrid Lab

Hybrid Lab, is a shared interdisciplinary space for making with technology that is built around the principles of being open, fast, and inspiring. 

About the Hybrid Lab

Students have easy access to supplies and materials that can be checked out or purchased from the lab:

  • Arduinos & Shields
  • 3D printer
  • PCB Mill
  • Multimeters
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Power supplies
  • Soldering stations
  • Various electronic components (resistors, capacitors, LEDs, ICs, wire, etc.)
  • Tablets (iOS & Android)
  • Webcams
  • Kinects


Vibrant exchanges are made possible through sponsored studios and other project-based courses with companies and organizations. The following are just a few examples.


Bosch Sponsored Studio

In the fall of 2012, Bosch sponsored the final project in CCA’s undergraduate Interaction Design course Time Studio 2 Behavior Craft. The students were grouped into four teams, and challenged to create an interaction experience involving robots that clean, organize, and secure the home.

Thought leaders in the San Francisco interaction design community were chosen as team mentors, and the teams met weekly with them for guidance. The students worked for more than six weeks to create compelling prototypes that told their stories.

Read the feature »

Visit the Robots in the Home website to watch a documentary to learn more about this innovative project.



Intel Sponsored Studio

Intel and the City of San Francisco partnered with CCA in spring 2013 as part of the DataX: New Interactive Experiences course to explore future usages for Intel technologies.

The cross-disciplinary course included students from Interaction Design, Industrial DesignArchitecture, and Graphic Design.

The sponsored studio focused on two general areas for exploration: biking in the city and the housing crisis.

Visit the DataX blog to learn more about the students’ experience.