California College of the Arts campus
California College of the Arts campus
California College of the Arts campus
California College of the Arts campus
California College of the Arts campus
California College of the Arts campus
California College of the Arts campus
California College of the Arts campus
California College of the Arts campus
California College of the Arts campus
California College of the Arts campus
California College of the Arts campus
California College of the Arts campus
California College of the Arts campus
California College of the Arts campus

From the School

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

California College of the Arts (CCA), founded in 1907, offers studies in 22 undergraduate and 12 graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college has world-class facilities at its two campuses in San Francisco and Oakland. Nearly 500 highly regarded artists and scholars instruct a population of approximately 1,500 undergraduate and 450 graduate students. The average class size is 13.

Students at CCA discover cross-disciplinary opportunities, innovative courses with real-world applications, and outstanding faculty. Wherever their art takes them??producing an experimental film, painting outside the canvas, designing sustainable products, or working in 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, and students have intimate access to this valuable network while they are at CCA and after graduation.

CCA prepares students to build a successful creative life. Our faculty, visiting artists, and industry partners guide students through critiques and mentoring, and our Office of Career Development provides many career-building opportunities. We are proud to report that 78 percent of our alumni are actively working in fields related to art, architecture, design, or writing, and 76 percent of our graduates were employed full time six months after graduation.


From The School

Applications are reviewed on an individualized basis, taking into account academic achievements, creative abilities, individual achievements and activities, a personal essay, recommendations, and a portfolio. Undergraduate applicants must have a high school diploma or the equivalent. First-year applicants should follow a college preparatory program in high school, including courses in studio art and art history whenever possible. CCA does not have specific transfer course requirements, but to learn how to maximize your number of transferable units visit

Undergraduates interested in applying for merit scholarships should submit their applications by February 1. The priority deadline for all other undergraduate applicants is March 1. The priority deadline for spring undergraduate applicants is October 1. Students who meet the priority deadlines receive first consideration for housing, financial aid, and course selection. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis; this means that applications are reviewed in the order they are received. The nonrefundable application fee is $60. It is possible to register for courses as a non-degree student (on a space-available basis).

Schedule a campus visit, request information, and apply online at For additional information please contact:

Office of Enrollment Services
California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco CA 94107-2247



Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
470 - 598
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
460 - 640
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
453 - 600
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 28

Other Admission Factors


Academic GPA
Application Essay

Talent / Ability

Selectivity Rating


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Academic Programs

CCA's curriculum emphasizes interdisciplinarity, community engagement, and professional practice. Undergraduates begin with a core curriculum that introduces a variety of artistic media, principles, and processes as well as humanities courses in 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 to international students entering in the fall. Extension courses are offered throughout the year.

Majors and Degrees Offered

CCA offers the bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree in Animation, Ceramics, Community Arts, Fashion Design, Film, Furniture, Glass, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interaction Design, Interior Design, Jewelry / Metal Arts, Painting/Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Textiles. The college offers the bachelor of arts (BA) degree in Writing and Literature and in Visual Studies. In addition, CCA offers a bachelor of architecture (BArch) degree, a five-year program. Students may also formulate an Individualized Major (BFA) in collaboration with an advisor.

CCA offers the master of architecture (MArch) and the master of advanced architectural design (MAAD) degrees; the master of business administration (MBA) in Design Strategy, Civic Innovation, and Strategic Foresight; the master of fine arts (MFA) in Comics, Design, Film, Fine Arts, and Writing; the master of design (MDes) in Interaction Design; and the master of arts (MA) in Social Practice, Curatorial Practice, and Visual and Critical Studies. There are also several dual-degree options for graduate students.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture
  • Interior Architecture

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Writing, General

  • Precision Production

  • Furniture Design and Manufacturing

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Drawing
  • Fashion/Apparel Design
  • Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Design
  • Intermedia/Multimedia
  • Metal and Jewelry Arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Dugald Stermer
Chair, Illustrator, Illustration

Rob Epstein
Co-chair, Film, Film

Thom Faulders
Assistant Professor, Architect, Architecture

James Gobel
Interim Chair, Painter, Painting/Drawing

Lynda Grose
Assistant Professor, Fashion Designer, Fashion Design

Prominent Alumni

Michael Vanderbyl

Wayne Wang
Film Maker

Raymond Saunders

Viola Frey

Robert Arneson

David Ireland
Conceptual Artist

Nathan Olivera

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Colleges that Create Futures


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Tuition for the 2015-16 academic year is $43,248 for full-time undergraduate students and $1,802 per unit for part-time students. Tuition is the same for California and out-of-state residents. Campus housing costs an additional $9,050. Total costs for 2015-16 are approximately $60,558 per year, which includes $43,708 in tuition and fees, $11,900 for room and board, $1,500 for books and supplies, and $3,450 for miscellaneous expenses.

Financial Aid

In 2014 2015, 74 percent of CCA students received financial aid from some source. Approximately 73 percent of CCA students received CCA scholarship assistance. The college offers financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs. There are both need-based and merit-based awards. For an estimate of your scholarship and financial aid, see the net price calculator at

Students applying for merit scholarships must complete their admission application by February 1. Students applying for financial assistance should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1. CCA will continue to award aid to applicants after March 1 as funding permits. Students can apply for Federal Pell Grants and Federal Direct Loans throughout the year. CCA is approved for veterans who wish to attend under the Veterans Administration Educational Benefits Program. In addition to financial aid awards, CCA offers an interest-free payment plan.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

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

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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)

Direct Lender


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 become involved in student government. The Student Council sponsors a variety of activities throughout the year, including dinners, films, 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, career development, health and wellness, disability and access 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.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



62% female
38% male
32% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time


From The School


CCA is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, near Silicon Valley and tech giants such as Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and Twitter. The region is known for creative and technological innovation, environmental leadership, and thriving art and design communities. It is home to first-rate 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 free shuttle between its campuses.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

CCA offers outstanding facilities for making art, with over 20 instructional computer, classroom, and large-format color output labs. The labs have Mac computers and a complete range of software to support the creative arts, design, and architecture. Each campus is equipped with wireless access and media centers with equipment for checkout by students.

Oakland Campus
The Oakland campus is home to the First Year Program and the programs in Animation, Ceramics, Community Arts, Glass, Jewelry / Metal Arts, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles, Visual Studies, and Writing and Literature. (Painting/Drawing courses are held on both campuses.)

Animation students have dedicated studios and equipment for digital video, film, and sound production. Ceramics facilities include numerous gas and electric kilns. Sculpture facilities include a bronze foundry, a wax-working area, a plaster and mold-making room, a metal fabrication studio, and a woodworking shop. Textiles facilities include a weaving studio with a digital Jacquard TC-1 loom, print studio, dye lab, fiber sculpture studio, and computer lab. For printmaking there are lithography presses, a 40 x 60 American French Tool etching press, a silkscreening and papermaking complex, and a letterpress lab with Vandercook presses and a polymer plate maker. The photography center supports both analog and digital processes.

San Francisco Campus
The San Francisco campus houses the programs in Architecture, Fashion Design, Film, Furniture, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interaction Design, and Interior Design as well as all of the graduate programs.

To support these programs, the San Francisco campus provides a diverse range of making spaces across design, craft, and technology. These areas include rapid prototyping, 3D printing, laser cutting and CNC studios; model-making and alternative material studios; woodworking studios; welding and metalworking studios; casting, spray painting, and airbrush studios; plaster, cement, and work studios, and a Hybrid lab that explores high-tech, robotics, physical computing, and programming in design. There is also a full digital production facility and stage. The MFA Program in Writing has its own building.

CCA's libraries specialize in art, architecture, and design. The two libraries (one on each campus) house collections that include 90,000 volumes representing 65,000 titles, more than 200 print periodical subscriptions, nearly 2,000 full-text online periodicals, more than 3,000 audiovisual titles, and nearly 10,000 digital resources in the institutional repository. Special collections include the Small Press Traffic collection, the Hamaguchi print collection, and an artists' book collection. A Materials Library, located on the San Francisco campus, contains hundreds of material samples and access to the Material Connexion database.

The college has several dedicated on-campus spaces for exhibitions of student work, and individual departments and courses frequently present off-campus shows of student work. Many of these exhibitions are organized by the students themselves, giving them valuable hands-on gallery experience. Student exhibitions on both campuses change weekly.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Artist talks, lectures, and other special events take place on both campuses almost every day.

Internships (required by some programs, and encouraged by all) allow students to gain practical experience and make professional connections while they earn academic credit.

CCA's Center for Art and Public Life organizes a wide range of programs that put students into direct contact with the diverse communities of the Bay Area and beyond.

Sponsored studio courses, offered throughout the year, enable students to work directly with professional practitioners from globally distinguished firms such as Gensler, Intel, and IDEO.

Through the International Exchange Program, students may spend a semester at one of more than 30 colleges of art and design around the globe. CCA also offers summer study-abroad courses.

Qualified upper-division students may spend a semester at one of 32 other art schools throughout the United States through the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). Students may cross-register at Mills College or Holy Names University, both in Oakland.

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, housed near the San Francisco campus, presents several exhibitions every year featuring internationally prominent contemporary artists.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

1% join a fraternity


Athletic Division


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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

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

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Arnold Icasiano
Director of Undergraduate Admissions

1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107



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

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


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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