Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts is a Bay Area-based school of art and design with campuses in San Francisco and Oakland. CCA is home to 22 undergraduate programs in core disciplines of Architecture, Fine Arts, Design, and Humanities. To provide an immersive artistic experience, CCA features specialized studio space such as a Model Shop and Digital Craft Lab. For students who wish to practice art and design in another culture, CCA partners with schools in Germany, Sweden, China, and Japan to offer semester abroad programs.
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California College of the Arts has a unique and rigorous program created for the conscious modern day artist. Their curriculum and resources prepares students to combine art with the communities both around the institution and the world. Preparing alumni to face the battles of continuing to purse a career in art outside of the school.
Cinthia from Oakland, CA
attached to art history. mostly conceptually charged teachers. design over fine arts.
Joshua from Oakland, CA
A place where every art interacts and mixes together. CCA encourages students to interact with other majors and strengthen connections for the future. With teachers who are currently working in the art world, students get a taste of what their lives will be like after graduation.
Someone from San Francisco
Great Teachers with knowledgable staff.
Friendly learning work environment.
A great place to pursue the arts.
Alexander from Oakland, CA
California college of the arts is a great private art school. The classes are really small and you become a tight knit community.
India from New York, NY
CCA is a diverse college that has two campuses located in Oakland, CA and San Francisco, CA. It educates students to shape culture and society through the practice and study of the arts of architecture, writing, and design. This college prepares the students for cultivating innovation, community engagement, and having responsibility in social and environmental issues.
Jaimie from San Ramon, CA
California College of the Arts is amazing,they let their students strive and want the best for them not only as students but as people as well. Also, they have an incredible diversity population, every corner you turn, you meet someone with a different background. To put it shortly, everyone should attend to CCA.
Kalyn from Roxbury, MA
California College of the Arts is a diverse and integrated school that really cares about community and individual growth. At CCA I spent four wonderful years discovering new things, immersing myself in art culture, and meeting like-minded passionate people who care about art and their community. I would highly recommend CCA to any art student who wants to learn from industry professionals and is looking for a memorable experience.