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California College of the Arts

Oakland, CA
University Website: www.cca.edu
Apply Online: apply.embark.com/Ugrad/CCA/48
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California College of the Arts (formerly California College of Arts and Crafts), founded in 1907, is known for its broad, interdisciplinary programs in art, design, architecture, and writing. It has two campuses, one in Oakland and one in San Francisco, California, USA. It is one of the premier fine arts and design institutions in the United States and a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), a consortium of thirty-six leading art schools in the United States and Canada. CCA is also widely regarded as one of the leading art and design institutions in the world.

The college offers undergraduate and graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, curatorial practice, visual criticism, design, design strategy, interaction design, and writing. CCA confers bachelor of architecture, bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, master of architecture, master of business administration in design strategy, master of arts, and master of fine arts degrees. Both campuses host lectures, artist talks, and other special events almost every day.

The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts is a forum for leading-edge contemporary culture. Its innovative exhibitions and accompanying publications and lectures feature compelling, important artists working on both the local and the international levels. Wattis Institute director Jens Hoffmann has been responsible for some of the most inspired and stimulating programming in the field of contemporary art. Sponsored studio courses enable students to work directly with professionals from distinguished firms such as IDEO and Gensler.

Internships help students gain practical experience and professional connections while at the same time earning academic credit. Internships are required by the Architecture, Interior Design, Industrial Design, and Graphic Design programs, and all programs recommend them.

The CCA Center for Art and Public Life organizes numerous programs (exhibitions, community art collaborations, student project grants, and more), putting students into contact with the diverse communities in the Bay Area and around the globe. The recently launched ENGAGE at CCA initiative is a family of courses, embedded throughout the college’s curriculum, in which students work with outside experts to find solutions to particular community issues.

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 students can study for a semester at any one of 32 other art schools throughout the U.S. through the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD).

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Fast Facts

  • Private not for profit, Four or more years
  • students
  • $36,960.00 avg tuition

5212 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618-1487
(510) 594-3600

Apply online Admissions:
Financial Aid:

Areas of Study:

  • Architecture And Related Services
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Precision Production
  • Visual And Performing Arts
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California College of the Arts

Applied 1,352
Admitted 1,031 76%
Enrolled total 234
Full Time: 232
Part Time 2
Test 25th % 75th %
SAT Math 0 0
SAT Written (2006-2015) Optional 0 0
ACT Composite 0 0
ACT English 0 0
ACT Math 0 0
ACT Writing 0 0
Retention / Graduation:
Retention rate 79%
4-year graduation rate 27%
6-year graduation rate 50%
Application Deadlines:
Regular Application Deadline
Early Admission Deadline
Early Decision Deadline
Financial Aid Deadline
Student Response Deadline
Transfer Student Application Deadline
Open Admissions Policy No
Secondary School GPA Required
Secondary School Rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary School Record Required
Formal Demonstration of Competencies Required
Admission Test Scores Recommended
TOEFL Required
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
AP Credits Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

California College of the Arts

Tuition In-District In-State Out-Of-State
Avg Full-Time Undergraduate Tuition $36,960.00 $36,960.00 $36,960.00
Full-Time Undergraduate Required Fees $350.00 $350.00 $350.00
Part-Time Undergraduate Cost Per Credit Hour $1,540.00 $1,540.00 $1,540.00
Avg Full Time Graduate Tuition $38,550.00 $38,550.00 $38,550.00
Full Time Graduate Required Fees $350.00 $350.00 $350.00
Part-Full Time Graduate Cost Per Credit Hour $1,285.00 $1,285.00 $1,285.00
Expenses On-Campus Off-Campus
(without family)
(with family)
Room and Board $10,250.00 $9,450.00 $4,400.00
Other Expenses $3,450.00 $4,160.00 $4,400.00
Additional Fees
Undergraduate Application Fee $60.00
Graduate Application Fee $70.00
Books and Supplies $1,500.00
Financial Aid
Percent receiving aid 87%
Percent receiving grant aid 87%
Avg amount of grant aid $16,972.00
Percent receiving student loan aid 57%
Avg amount of student loan aid $6,723.00

California College of the Arts

Programs and majors Associate's Bachelor's Master's Doctorate
Architecture X X
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia X X
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects X
Creative Writing X X
Furniture Design and Manufacturing X X
Art History, Criticism and Conservation X X
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics X X
Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry X
Design and Visual Communications, General X
Fashion/Apparel Design X
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts X X
Fine and Studio Arts Management X
Fine/Studio Arts, General X X
Game and Interactive Media Design X
Graphic Design X
Illustration X
Industrial and Product Design X
Interior Design X
Intermedia/Multimedia X
Metal and Jewelry Arts X
Painting X X
Photography X X
Printmaking X X
Sculpture X X

Scholarships for Students in California

Name Amount Deadline
S.P.R.O.W.T Scholarship $5,000 May 31, 2017
Robert E. Thunen Memorial Scholarship $2,500 April 01, 2017
Matt Fong Asian Americans in Public Finance Scholarship $2,500 April 03, 2017
Association for Women in Architecture Foundation Scholarship $2,500 April 12, 2017
Chen Foundation Scholarship $2,000 March 29, 2017
Thomas M. Stetson Scholarship $2,000 June 01, 2017
Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship Program $1,500 March 31, 2017
Emily M. Hewitt Memorial Scholarship $1,500 April 15, 2017
Leon Bradley Scholarship Up to $2,500 May 31, 2017

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