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CCA offers three unique business degrees that focus on different aspects of innovation.

Each Design MBA program benefits from our innovative way of integrating learning of pragmatic skills with outside projects and working with real organizations headquartered right here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Design Strategy

MBA in Design Strategy, our original Design MBA program, now six years old, continues to be one of the best business degrees for innovation in the world.

Strategic Foresight

MBA in Strategic Foresight combines foresight tools with pragmatic business tools, which allows leaders to better meet organizational needs in the future.


Each two-year program integrates design and experiential thinking, systems thinking, and sustainability as well as new directions in strategy and leadership.

Note: Each Design MBA program has its own application process.


Dual Design Degree

The best of both worlds: a full MBA and Design MFA in three years. CCA’s elite Dual Design Degree only accepts four students a year.

Executive Program

For those with extensive work experience not interested in another degree but still want an update to their skills, we created the Leading by Design Fellows Program. It’s a deep dive into design and systems thinking, sustainability, strategy, and leadership.

 

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DMBA continues to forge new partnerships

California College of the Arts and the MBA in Design Strategy program continue to forge new important strategic partnerships with the local design and business community. Recently, the DMBA has partnered with Camelback Ventures, a local venture firm who has pioneered...

New Social Impact tool launched by Very.Nice

Two of our instructors, Matthew Manos (the Founder) and Jake Dunagan (the Director of Design Futures), work at Very.Nice, which has just released a fantastic new strategic design toolkit: Models of Impact. Their mission is to promote entrepreneurship in the social...