Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is noted for the interdisciplinarity and breadth of its programs. It offers studies in 21 undergraduate and seven graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing.
San Francisco: CCA's San Francisco campus is located in the Potrero Hill neighborhood, next to the city's design district and within just blocks of the University of California at San Francisco's Mission Bay research campus.
Oakland: Four beautifully landscaped acres in the charming Rockridge district comprise the historic Oakland campus, located just two miles south of the University of California at Berkeley.
To better understand how CCA's two campuses work to unite a single community, including where specific academic programs are based, see Two-Campus College.
Campuses combined, CCA currently enrolls approximately 1,860 full-time students.
Accreditation & Degrees
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 Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).
CCA grants the following degrees:
bachelor of architecture (BArch)
bachelor of arts (BA)
bachelor of fine arts (BFA)
master of architecture (MArch)
master of arts (MA)
master of business administration (MBA)
master of fine arts (MFA)
minor in Visual Studies
minor in Writing and Literature
Among the college's noted alumni:
Painters - Nathan Oliveira and Raymond Saunders
Ceramicists - Robert Arneson, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos
Filmmaker - Wayne Wang
Conceptual Artists - David Ireland and Dennis Oppenheim
Designers - Lucille Tenazas and Michael Vanderbyl
CCA's Mission: CCA educates students to shape culture through the practice and critical study of the arts. The college prepares its students for lifelong creative work and service to their communities through a curriculum in fine art, architecture, design, and writing.