California College of the Arts

1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco, California

California College of the Arts is a recognized leader in the arts. It has been named one of the world's best design schools by Businessweek and one of the top green colleges in the U.S. by the Princeton Review. Founded in 1907, CCA is noted for the interdisciplinarity and breadth of its programs. The college offers 22 undergraduate and 13 graduate majors in the fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. CCA has impressive resources and facilities on two dynamic campuses in San Francisco and Oakland. It takes advantage of its location in a global hub of innovation, creativity, and commitment to social justice. Our graduates leave CCA prepared for a lifetime of creative work and service to their communities

DEGREES OFFERED: BFA, BA, B. Arch, MFA, MA, M. Arch, MBA, MAAD
ACCREDITATION: CIDA, NAAB, NASAD, WASC
MAJORS OFFERED:

Animation*
Architecture
Ceramics*
Community Arts*
Curatorial Practice**
Design Strategy**
Design**
Fashion Design*
Film
Fine Arts**
Furniture*
Glass*
Graphic Design*
Illustration*
Individualized Major*

 

Industrial Design*
Interaction Design*
Interior Design*
Jewelry/Metal Arts*
Painting/Drawing*
Photography*
Printmaking*
Sculpture*
Social Practice**
Textiles*
Visual and Critical Studies**
Visual Studies*
Writing and Literature*
Writing**

MINORS OFFERED:

Visual Studies*

 

Writing and Literature*

* UNDERGRADUATE ONLY
** GRADUATE ONLY

FOUNDATION PROGRAM
The First Year Program builds skills and community for future success. In the first year at California College of the Arts, students explore different approaches to creative practices, while building the necessary skills in preparation for their majors. The First Year Program's Core Studio courses emphasize craft, work ethic, visual literacy, critical exploration of ideas, and effective communication. The First Year Program is committed to constructive critique, guided research, presentation of ideas, and the highlighted importance of collaboration. Through a combination of studios and academic courses, the program orients students to the rigor of building a creative practice while using foundation skills that apply to all programs at the college. Working closely with the Advising, Student Affairs, and Residential Life offices, the First Year Program, based on the Oakland campus, provides structure and guidance to help students acclimate to college life at CCA.


This program is Residential.

UNDERGRADUATE COST OF ATTENDANCE 2016-2017
FULL-TIME DEPENDENT  
TUITION $ 44,976
MANDATORY FEES 490
BOOKS & SUPPLIES 1,500
ON-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 12,220
OFF-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 12,221
OTHER 3,450
FINANCIAL AID 2015-2016 FULL-TIME FRESHMEN *
AID CATEGORY AVG PER RECIPIENT 1st YR RECIPIENTS
INSTITUTIONAL AWARDS4 $18,909 80%
FEDERAL/NATIONAL GRANTS 4,649 30%
STATE & LOCAL GRANTS 4,177 16%
FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS 5,852 41%

AVERAGE AMOUNT RECEIVED PER RECIPIENT: $25,527
80% OF FULL-TIME FRESHMEN RECEIVED AID

* Most recent financial aid data available

ACCEPTANCE RATE: 82%

Acceptance Rate = The percentage of students admitted out of applications received in a given year.

ATTENDANCE RATE: 21%

Attendance Rate (also know as yield) = The percentage of admitted students who enroll in a given year.

ENROLLMENT: FALL 2016

UNDERGRADUATE FTE1 = 1,476

UNDERGRADUATE

FULL-TIME 1,442
PART-TIME 86

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS PROCESS
APPLICATION: Required
ONLINE APPLICATION: Required
HOME EXAM: Not Required
INTERVIEW: Optional
ESSAY: Required
SAT / ACT: Not Required
PORTFOLIO: Required

TRANSCRIPTS

HIGH SCHOOL: Required
COLLEGE: Required, if transferring
FACULTY: 2016-2017

FACULTY FTE1 = 209

FULL-TIME 99
PART-TIME 394
 

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO: FALL 2016
9.2 TO 1
FTE STUDENTS PER FTE FACULTY1

RETENTION

FRESHMAN RETENTION2

FALL 2014 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2015
81%
 
FALL 2015 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2016
81%

SIX-YEAR GRADUATION RATE2

FALL 2009 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
60%
 
FALL 2010 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
58%

UNDERGRADUATE ETHNICITY

FALL 2016

UNDERGRADUATE GENDER DISTRIBUTION

FALL 2016
64% FEMALE
36% MALE

NEW STUDENT GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION3

FALL 2016
OTHER PROGRAMS

Continuing Extension (weekend & evening)
Leading by Design Fellows Program (executive education)
Pre-College Program (10th-12th grade)
Summer Atelier (9th grade)
Young Artist Studio Program (6th-8th grade)
Summer School
Summer Study Abroad

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Study Abroad
Exchange Programs
Internships
Sponsored Studios
Career Services office
Community Student Fellows
Center for Art and Public Life
ENGAGE at CCA Project-Based Courses
EcoTAP Environmental Sustainability Curricular Initiative
IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards
AICAD Exchange Program
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
New Materials Resource Center
Minors in Writing & Literature; Visual Studies

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc. NOTE 2: Retention and graduation rates for Art Center College of Design are calculated using the entire new student population entering Spring, Summer, and Fall terms (including a large population of transfer students), and not only "First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen" as required by the U.S. Department of Education. Thus these numbers are different than the retention and graduation reported to the U.S. Department of Education. NOTE 3: Geographic distribution is reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates. NOTE 4: Includes all institutional scholarships and grants, but does not include College Work Study or third party awards. NOTE 5: Data presented is drawn from the most recent school year available. NOTE 6: All $-amounts are shown in US dollars. Canadian $-amounts were converted to US dollars using exchange rate at the time the data were collected ($1 Canadian = $0.70 US).