The first class of CCAD students with Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees graduated.
Joseph Canzani became the college’s first President.
We opened our first residence hall.
We added animation and video programs, building our reputation as a hub for designers.
The Joseph V. Canzani Center was built, giving CCAD our first dedicated gallery and auditorium.
The idea for our iconic ART sign is born. Ric Petry (who would later become our first Director of Graduate Studies) got the idea for a large, neon red, block-letter ART sign while serving as a visiting artist in Taiwan. He kept noticing a sign at a college on top of a hill in Taipei and envisioned an equally striking, placemaking landmark for CCAD. A few years later, he’d propose the idea to a new president, Denny Griffith.
Artist and leader Denny Griffith was named President of CCAD. Over the next 16 years, until his retirement in 2014, he led the college through transformational change.
He expanded our campus, oversaw the installation of our 10-story ART sign and helped develop our first graduate degree.
Student services and organizations expanded across campus.