From the School

California College of the Arts. Empowering students to make art that makes a difference.

California College of the Arts (CCA), founded in 1907, offers studies in 21 undergraduate and seven graduate majors in the areas of fine art, architecture, design, and writing. The college has world-class facilities at its two campuses in San Francisco and Oakland. More than 500 highly regarded artists and scholars instruct a population of approximately 1,475 undergraduate and 490 graduate students. The average class size is 18.

Students at CCA discover cross-disciplinary opportunities, innovative courses with real-world applications, outstanding faculty, successful alumni, and a world-class campus environment. Wherever their art takes them-producing an experimental film, painting outside the canvas, designing sustainable products, or working within the community-CCA offers an ideal environment to make it happen. Students develop competencies that will serve them well, both while they are in school and long after they graduate. Our alumni have been successful in all kinds of creative endeavors.

CCA students begin making their mark well before graduation day. Just in the past year, two Fashion Design seniors were offered prestigious internships with Nicole Miller. A video submission by two Film students was awarded the grand prize in the national Vote Again Video Contest. Alumni Jay Nelson and Rachel Kaye, together with Nelson's multifunctional vehicle/camper/sculpture, were featured on the cover of ReadyMade magazine. And Lia Tjandra (Graphic Design 1997) received numerous awards for her design of Rebecca Solnit's book Infinite City, a cartographic ode to San Francisco.

Overview

Applicants
1,547
Acceptance Rate
83%
Average HS GPA
3.27

GPA Breakdown

17%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
19%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
24%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
460 - 600
SAT Math
490 - 630
ACT Composite
20 - 26

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Application Essay
Non-Academic

Talent / Ability

Overall

From The School

CCA's curriculum emphasizes interdisciplinary study. Undergraduates begin with a core curriculum, which introduces a variety of artistic media, principles, and processes as well as writing, literature, art history, and critical theory.

The college runs on a two-semester academic calendar with a six-week summer session. Summer programs include the Pre-College Program for high school students (participants earn college credit). Various summer art and design programs that emphasize English skills are available for international students entering in the fall. Extension courses are offered throughout the year, many of which can be taken either for credit or not for credit.

Students Say

The California College of the Arts’ Bay Area location “is central to innovation,” students say, an area which “offers lots of opportunities to artists and designers.” Access to professionals in the field proves to be a big draw. Students who are aiming towards a career in the arts like that the school “provides great connections to people in the field” and offers “opportunities to connect with professional, practicing artists and writers in your field.” Many of those opportunities come via the professors themselves, who are “practicing professionals” with “very strong backgrounds.” Since “most professors are currently engaged in extracurricular activities” and have thriving careers outside the classroom, the educators “bring their professional expertise into the classroom,” giving students a strong sense of how their education will translate to a career. The school “promotes real world practice and theory, in addition to formal art education,” encouraging a “very interactive” learning experience which has students “constantly in workshops, building our projects, or in the real world discovering and observing how relevant everyday life is to design.” The “warm and nurturing” staff are “rigorous, kind, supportive, and knowledgeable,” educators who are “very accessible to discuss the material with students.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
484
with Terminal Degree
304

268
Men
216
Women
111
Minority
9
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
54%
Graduate in 5 years
92%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Michael Vanderbyl
Designer

Wayne Wang
Film Maker

Raymond Saunders
Painter

Viola Frey
Ceramicist

Robert Arneson
Sculptor

David Ireland
Conceptual Artist

Nathan Olivera
Painter

Overview

From The School

Tuition for the 2011-12 academic year is $36,960 for full-time undergraduate students and $1,540 per unit for part-time students. Tuition is the same for California and out-of-state residents. Campus housing costs an additional $7,400. Total costs for 2011-12 are approximately $52,510 per year, which includes $37,310 in tuition and fees, $10,250 for room and board, $1,500 for books and supplies, and $3,450 for miscellaneous expenses.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,153

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,954

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,433

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$32,874

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
63%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$2,515,300

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$41,592
Required Fees
$350
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,500

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,450

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

From The School

At CCA, education takes place both inside and outside the classroom. About 80 percent of first-year students live on campus. Throughout the year, the residential-life staff hosts social and educational programs ranging from movie nights and barbecues to museum trips and professional lectures.

Students are encouraged to join existing clubs and organizations or to form new ones. Clubs and activities range in focus from community building to politics to physical fitness. Students may also choose to get involved in student government. The Student Council sponsors a range of activities throughout the year, including all-college dinners, films, receptions, and shuttles to San Francisco galleries.

Our students are active in many pre-professional groups that are affiliated with corresponding Bay Area professional chapters: American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), and International Interior Design Association (IIDA).

Student services include counseling, tutoring, advising, disability services, fitness classes, stress relief, and safety workshops. There are many services specifically for international students, including dedicated staff, special workshops, social events, and exhibitions.

Students Say

Students are almost universal in their contention that “the typical student here is the atypical student elsewhere.” At CCA, the student body is “very artsy, conscious of design and fashion,” a group of “liberal hippies” who are “open-minded, loves experiencing and exploring the city culture, and enjoys questioning the norm … with thought-provoking rationale.” The key word is “artsy,” a description repeated by dozens. A large number of international attendees mean “the student body is fairly diverse and open minded.” These “focused and passionate” students are “quite serious about their work,” but even when it comes to disagreements they “realize the advantage of hearing each other out for the common good.” Students enthusiastic about being creative should thrive here. This is a school that “welcomes creativity and pushes students past their boundaries.” However, some students complain that “everyone is here for the studios so the academics are miserable in comparison.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,542
Out of State
34%

International
39%
Foreign Countries Represented
54

Demographics

22.08%
Asian
5.34%
African-American
18.55%
Hispanic
40.36%
Caucasian
11.58%
Unknown
38.55%
International

62% female
38% male
34% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview

From The School

CCA is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, a region known for creative and technological innovation, environmental leadership, and its thriving art and design communities. It is home to world-class museums and alternative gallery spaces as well as active scenes in theater, music, dance, film, and literature. Close by are beaches, hiking and biking trails, the Napa Valley, Mendocino, Monterey, Lake Tahoe, the Sierra Nevada mountains, and Yosemite National Park.

CCA's Oakland campus occupies four acres in the residential Rockridge neighborhood, three miles from UC Berkeley. The San Francisco campus spans a city block in Potrero Hill, near Mission Bay and the design district. Both campuses are easily accessible via bus and train. CCA also operates a shuttle between its campuses and residence halls.

Students Say

Arty students and a Bay Area location don’t necessarily translate to a rowdy school. “CCA isn’t really a party school,” one students notes, saying that “the curriculum is so engaging that you want to be working on your homework.” Others agree. “Because of the challenging program, most free time is spent on homework,” one student says, while another points out that “everyone here is devoted to their studio or writing practice.” However, “we celebrate when we can and have parties.” The Bay Area location is a big part of students’ down time. “The local area offers millions of opportunities to go out and have fun, so students hang out a lot at bars and music venues together,” while others “usually take part on the lectures and exhibits happening every week throughout the semester,” afterwards going “back to their studios to continue the conversation of what was just experienced.” Still other students “will often picnic for lunch in a nearby park, go to shows, or just explore and new neighborhood.” And because of “the amazing system of public transportation, it is easier to get around without owning a car.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
22%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus
80%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
89

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
16
Number of Honor Societies
0

Number of Social Sororities
1
Number of Religious Organizations
1

1% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Other



Sustainability

Green Rating
74

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
16

Average Number of PC's per Lab
19

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
CCA offers a custom apple store and HP Store where students can get special pricing on laptop bundles.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Robynne Royster
Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Address
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Phone
415-703-9529

Email
enroll@cca.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Nave- San Francisco campus
The Foundry - Oakland campus
Individualized Painting Studios - SF
North/South Student Galleries - Oakland
Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art
Students learn from individuals, the inter-cultural community, and the myriad events and activities sponsored by the Center for Art and Public Life, the CCA Wattis Institute, and the Student Affairs Office. Activities range from social events, yoga classes, exhibition receptions, workshops, and topical forums to programs designed to engage the public and the academic community in a dialogue about the nature of arts and culture. Readings, lectures, performances, issue-based symposia, and panel discussions on the arts, architecture, design, and humanities are offered throughout the year.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Old Historic Downtown - Oakland
Mission Neighborhood - SF
Dolores Park, - SF
Buena Center for the Arts - SF
Thee Parkside Restaurant - SF

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 10AM Oakland campus & 1:30 PM SF campus
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxis, Shuttle buses, BART (train), buses. San Francisco International Airport is close to the San Francisco campus and Oakland International Airport is close to the Oakland campus..

Driving Instructions to Campus
San Francisco campus: from the SF Airport: Take Highway 101 north. Exit at Vermont Street and turn right on 16th Street, then left on Wisconsin. Oakland campus from the Oakland Airport: Take I-880 north to the junction of I-980 to Highway 24 (Walnut Creek). Take Highway 24 east, exit at Broadway, turn right, proceed south.

Local Accommodations
There are many hotels and bed & breakfasts close to our campuses that can accommodate visitors. Prices vary.
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Key Stats

1,547
Applicants
1,542
Size
83%
Acceptance Rate
1090
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists