California College of the Arts empowers students to make art that matters. Founded in 1907, CCA is noted for its interdisciplinary and the breadth of its programs. The college offers studies in 21 undergraduate and 11 graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college grants BFA, BA, MFA, MA, MBA, BArch, MArch, MAAD, and MAUDL degrees.
CCA cultivates innovation, social engagement, and environmental responsibility in its students, preparing them for a lifetime of meaningful creative work. Students are encouraged to work in an interdisciplinary manner, undertaking projects and collaborations with students in other majors and engaging with outside communities.
For more information about CCA, visit cca.edu.
Why Study in the Bay Area?
CCA has world-class resources and facilities on its two dynamic campuses, in San Francisco and Oakland. Nearly 500 highly regarded artists and scholars instruct a student population of approximately 1,500 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. The average class size is 13. A well-rounded first-year program includes campus housing for first-time freshmen, dedicated first-year studios, and trained faculty advisors.
The college benefits from its location in the San Francisco Bay Area, a global center of innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship. The region is home to more than 250 galleries, alternative art spaces, and museums 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.
Noted CCA Alumni
Noted alumni include the artists Nathan Oliveira, Jules de Balincourt, Robert Arneson, Robert Bechtle, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos; the Oscar-winning filmmaker Audrey Marrs; the illustrator Tomie de Paola; the conceptual artists Harrell Fletcher, David Ireland, and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas, Michael Vanderbyl, and Gary Hutton.
San Francisco Campus
CCA’s San Francisco campus spans a city block in the design district. It is home to the programs in Architecture, Fashion Design, Film, Furniture, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interaction Design, Interior Design, and Painting/Drawing as well as all of the graduate programs. The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts (wattis.org) presents several exhibitions every year featuring internationally prominent contemporary artists.
CCA’s historic Oakland campus occupies four acres in the Rockridge neighborhood, just two miles from UC Berkeley. It 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. First-year studios, residence halls, and the Center for Art and Public Life (center.cca.edu) are also located here.
A free shuttle connects the campuses and residence halls.
CCA is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).
CCA grants the following degrees: bachelor of fine arts (BFA), bachelor of arts (BA), bachelor of architecture (BArch), master of fine arts (MFA), master of arts (MA), master of architecture (MArch), master of advanced architectural design (MAAD), master of architecture in urban design and landscape (MAUDL), and master of business administration (MBA).
San Francisco campus
1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco, CA 94107-2247
5212 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94618-1426
CCA was founded in 1907 by Frederick Meyer to provide an education for artists and designers that would integrate both theory and practice in the arts. Meyer’s vision continues to the present day.
President Stephen Beal says, “As the role of creativity throughout our society and economy is increasingly recognized, CCA’s founding ideals have never been more relevant. Artists, architects, designers, and writers have become leaders in a culture that relies on a combined expansion of technological innovation and creative content. We are preparing future generations of creative leaders at an educational institution that enriches creative practice worldwide.”