Candice Lopez

candice m. Lopez

Department of Graphic Design/Visual & Performing Arts,

Office: AH402A
Office Phone: (619) 388.3560
Office Hours:Office AH 402A-Wednesdays 10am-12 pm and Tuesdays/Thursdays 11:30am-12:30pm by appointment. Email for appointment.


I teach Graphic Design History, Portfolio Building and Travel by Design. I have also taught Portfolio, Portfolio preparation, Intermediate Graphic Design 2: Identity systems and packaging and Studio Practices.

Professional Background

  • Masters in Arts Education: San Diego State University
  • Bachelor of Science Graphic Design: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


I have taught graphic design at San Diego City College for over twenty years and am an American Institute of Graphic Arts Fellow. I'm passionate about international education and have taught design abroad in Zurich, Switzerland, Venice, Italy, Madrid, Spain and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and wrote a book on study abroad in the community colleges. SDCC students have won over 200 local, national and international design awards.


In 2009 I was named a national design fellow by the American Institute of Graphic Arts in New York. I worked as an art director at BBDO Los Angeles and at various design studios and advertising agencies in San Diego. I was hired as a consultant by Art Center College of Design to coordinate the Art Center at Night program in San Diego. I served on the board of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, San Diego chapter as Vice President, Education and Community Outreach chair. A decade ago I established the Link Program that works with at risk high school students who have an interest in art and design. I have served as Art and Culture chair for the Mayor of San Diego's downtown vision plan and worked collaboratively with local groups to promote art and culture. Working with city officials and AIGA San Diego I developed the Urban Art Trail Project that transformed districts of downtown San Diego that were plagued with blight and social problems. The project brought together designers, calligraphers, students, seniors and children who painted murals, electrical boxes, inscribed poetry onto sidewalks and created colorful mosaics and sculptures. Another art installation I led was called the BenchMark Project and it brought 150 unique benches to downtown San Diego that were auctioned off to benefit arts education programs. Articles on my work and projects have appeared in: HOW Magazine, Step Magazine. Print Magazine, Letter Arts Review. the San Diego Union Tribune, National and Urban Planning Newsletters and Publications.


My husband, illustrator Rafael López and I collaborate on a wide variety of projects. Our community and social design work is the subject of the award winning children's book Maybe Something Beautiful from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York. For 13 years our second home has been the bohemian artist colony of San Miguel de Allende and we spend 3 months there each year with our son.