California College of the Arts - 9/23/19

James Yu, Admissions Counselor, 415-914-9244


November 17, 2019 is National Portfolio Day.  Arrive early to get some one on one Q&A and tour.

CCA attracts promising students from around the world who want to attend one of the best art and design school in the U.S. We educate talented, visionary students to become versatile makers with inventive solutions to advance culture and society.

Spread across two distinct campuses in the Bay Area, students experience immersive, interdisciplinary exposure that emphasizes theory and practice, helping them to gain the creative confidence and entrepreneurial skills needed for contemporary creative practice. They have 2000 students total, 1500 of which are undergraduates. 

Students start their first year in interdisciplinary courses and by their second year they enter into their major courses. The third year is spent refining skills and the 4th year is for professional practice through internships.

They offer 21 programs within these areas: 1)Fine Arts, 2)Architecture, 3)Writing, and 4)Design.  Architecture is their only 5-year program.

They added a coding minor in Fall 2018 and also offer Social Action & Public Forms, Visual Studies, and Writing & Literature as minors.  This year they added Computational Practices minor.  Overall, their Interaction Design program is a good platform for going into UX or UI design.

They have been awarded the #1 U.S. Art & Design School for return of investment.

The average class size is 13 students and they have a 8:1 student faculty ratio. 85% of graduates have a job within 12 months of graduation, with 78% of them working in their field of study.  Over 200 employers recruit at CCA each year.

"Our faculty's unique insight, combined with small class sizes, means you'll receive personalized mentorship from makers who have been there." 88% of faculty are practicing professionals.

73% of students receive scholarships.

Housing:  Two years guaranteed housing in Fall 2020.  Oakland campus is phasing out and moving to SF.