Some of CFPCA's recognizable alumni and former students are:
- Actors S. Epatha Merkerson (Law & Order), Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Tony award for Seven Guitars, TV's Castle) and Lily Tomlin (The West Wing, Murphy Brown, Grace & Frankie)
- Radio legend Casey Kasem, Pulitzer Prize winning reporters Mark Fritz and Sarah Ryley
- Emmy Award-winning composer Joseph LoDuca, opera singer George Shirley, jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell
- Choreographers Garth Fagan (Tony Award for The Lion King) and Sonyah Tayeh (So You Think You Can Dance, Moulin Rouge)
- Recently appointed Senior Curator and Director of Public Art at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston Allison Glenn, renowned Detroit artist Gilda Snowden, master ceramist John Glick, illustrator and cartoonist David Small and sculptors David Barr and Sergio DeGiusti.