Celebrating 50 Years of the College of Creative Studies


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Whether you are an alumnus/alumna, student, faculty member or member of the community, we want to hear how CCS has impacted you. Tag your posts on social media using #UCSBCCS50 or submit your stories online.

The College of Creative Studies was officially established on the UC Santa Barbara campus in 1967, in order to serve students who demonstrated talent for original work in the arts or science. Join us in celebrating 50 years of creating new knowledge during the 2017-2018 academic year, reflecting on how we have evolved over the years.


CCS will be hosting a variety of 50th Anniversary events throughout the 2017-2018 academic year. Join us in celebrating CCS 50th Anniversary by attending our events, open to the public at no charge (unless noted otherwise). For more information, contact Will Proctor.


Transdisciplinary Workshop with MacArthur Fellow Angela Belcher (CCS  Biology ’91/PhD ’97), James Mason Crafts Professor of Biological Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, MIT

  • October 4, 3:00 PM

Transdisciplinary Workshop with artist and writer William L. Fox, Director, Center for Art & Environment, Nevada Museum of Art

  • October 31-November 2

Research and Creative Activity Conference (RACA-CON) featuring CCS students

  • November 4, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM 


Alumni Career Panel


CCS TV Musical 

  • April 6-8, time TBD

CCS 50th Anniversary Social

  • April 28, time TBD  

50 for 50

CCS is honored to showcase 50 individuals and activities during our 50th Anniversary to share our rich history and amazing people responsible for making our unconventional College possible! Return regularly to learn more.

Francesc Roig (4)
I started teaching in CCS in the fall 1985, when David Cannell in the Physics Department asked me if I'd like to teach there and rebuild the CCS physics program.  At that time there were only two CCS physics students.  I developed the curriculum of the first two years of required CCS physics classes, and over the years I expanded and refined them. 
Ömer Eğecioğlu in his office. Photo: Will Proctor
Ömer Eğecioğlu, a native of Turkey, joined the UCSB faculty in 1985. Since founding the College of Creative Studies’ Computer Science Program in 1994, he has split his time between both the Computer Science department and CCS. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.

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We want to hear how CCS has impacted you. Tag your posts on social media using #UCSBCCS50 or submit your stories online.

CCS Stories

Each week throughout our Anniversary celebration we are posting stories from our past and present. Share your CCS story! Don't miss weekly #UCSBCCS50 posts by following us on social media. 

I recently joined the CCS Computing faculty in Fall 2017. After working in the software industry for several years after receiving my Ph.D., I decided to dedicate my career to computing education since my true passion is teaching computer science.

Carol’s passion from a young age was to write, write, and write! In making a decision on which institution of higher education would be the one for her, Carol sought the resources of a major university but equally important an intimate, enriching environment where she could immerse herself in creative writing—CCS was the perfect fit!