Canva Design Platform - New UC-wide Agreement

November 28, 2023
Examples of designs that were created in Canva

This partnership will bring cutting-edge visual communication and design tools, including an AI-powered suite of products, to UC’s over half-million strong community. Rollout of the platform to UC users will be completed in stages, starting in January 2024.


Under this new partnership, UC faculty, staff, and students will gain access to Canva for Campus, a powerful suite of visual communication products for college and graduate students, administrators and faculty. The Canva for Campus Visual Suite includes everything from docs, websites, and whiteboards to data visualization tools, plus the newly launched AI-powered Magic Studio. Canva Shield, Canva’s suite of AI safety tools, aligns with the UC system’s approach of leveraging AI tools responsibly.

The new partnership also includes these benefits:

  • Single sign-on (SSO) for simple and scalable staff and student access
  • Streamlined administrative and reporting permissions
  • Integration with learning management systems such as Canvas, Blackboard, Schoology, etc.
  • Partnering with Canva’s dedicated education support team to maximize the adoption and impact of the platform
  • Negotiated standard UC Terms & Conditions to mitigate risk, drive down cost, and integrate this service into systemwide standards and avert click-thru agreements.

UC and Canva officials are also exploring course development, student training programs, and co-hosting future events as part of ongoing platform adoption strategies.


The External Relations & Communications department at UCOP first raised the possibility of this contract opportunity to Hilary Steinman in Systemwide Procurement (SWP). To bring this project home, Hilary relied on input and support from Van Williams, VP & Chief Information Officer at UC Information Technology Services (ITS) |Kristin Cordova, ITS Chief of Staff |Amanda Marks, Director, Professional Services Strategic Sourcing, SWP | Jeremy Meadows, Executive Director, Strategic Sourcing & Procurement Transformation, SWP |Paul Williams, AVP & Chief Procurement Officer, SWP.


Hilary Steinman | Sr. Category Manager | Professional Services | UC Systemwide Procurement

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