California College of the Arts
450 Irwin 111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, California 94107

Admission: Tel (415) 703-9523 or
800- 447-1ART
Fax (415) 703-9539

Undergraduates: Full-time 470 men/ 679 women
Part-time: 35 men/85 women
Graduate School: 60 men/129 women

Freshman Admission Profile
# who applied: 620
# accepted :490
# enrolled: 165
Average SAT scores: V547 M522
Average GPA: 3.17
Freshman retention rate: 82%

2004-05 Costs:
Tuition: $24,640
Room and Board: $8230
Fees, Books, misc.: $4534

Financial Aid:
Freshmen receiving aid: 83%
Average financial aid package: $17,122

Full-time 34
PhD: 63%
Student-faculty ration: 9:1

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California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, California 94107

The central pathway on CCA's Oakland campus, home to the first-year residence halls

College Description
Founded in 1907, the California College of the Arts (CCA) offers a comprehensive approach to arts education, training students in a wide range of disciplines in fine arts, architecture, design, and writing.

With an undergraduate population of about 1,500, CCA provides world-class resources and facilities in a small, private college environment. Students learn from a faculty of renowned practitioners in small classes, with an average of 18 per class. Faculty advisors, trained in assisting students in navigating their college experience, are part of a well-rounded first-year program.

The San Francisco Bay Area—long known for leading the way in technology development, ecological concerns, and creative innovation—is home to California College of the Arts. CCA comprises two campuses in the neighboring cities of Oakland and San Francisco, California. CCA's two campuses complement each other and create productive intersections among disciplines.The college operates a shuttle between the two campuses and the residence halls. CCA maintains close connections with the region's arts community. The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts offers leading-edge programs including exhibitions, lectures, artist residencies, performances, and symposia. CCA's Center for Art and Public Life focuses on issues in community development, new models of practice in community-based art and design, and cultural diversity and youth development through the arts. In addition, the college offers continuing education courses for adults, middle school, and high school students.

CCA is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The interior design program is accredited by the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research. The five-year architecture program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board.

Academic Life
Students at CCA may pursue the BFA degree in the following subjects: ceramics, community arts, fashion design, media arts, glass, graphic design, illustration, industrial design, interior design, jewelry/metal arts, painting/drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, and wood/furniture. In addition, the College offers the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in creative writing and visual studies and a five-year program leading to the Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) degree.

In addition to undergraduate programs, CCA offers six graduate programs: the masters in architecture (MArch), the MFA in design, the MFA in fine arts, the MFA in writing, the MA in curatorial practice, and the MA in visual criticism. Concentrations in the fine arts program include ceramics, drawing/painting, media arts, glass, jewelry/metal arts, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, and wood/furniture..

CCA values the experience of creating new work as the key ingredient in the education of its students. In addition to a fundamental commitment to creative practice, CCA believes that conceptual thinking and contextual understanding are vital components of arts education. The college allows a flexible course of study that encourages students to explore a variety of media and develop programs related to their individual interests.

Undergraduates begin their education in a Core curriculum, which introduces students to a variety of media, principles, and processes. In Core courses, students begin mastering problem solving and critical thinking skills. The Core curriculum also offers courses in writing, literature, and art history.

CCA supports students in their professional development by providing individual studio spaces for upper division student, offering a robust internship program (required for some majors), and participating in supplementary educational opportunities including study abroad and exchange programs, cross-registration opportunities, and the mobility program through the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.

Campus Life
At California College of the Arts, education takes place both inside and outside the classroom. Students learn from individuals, the intercultural community, and the myriad events and activities sponsored by the Center for Art and Public Life, the CCA Wattis Institute, and the Student Affairs Office (located on both the Oakland and San Francisco campuses). CCA also offers an intimate residential community as a vibrant part of campus life. Activities on campus range from social events, yoga classes, exhibition receptions, workshops, and topical forums to programs designed to engage the public and the academic community in a dialogue about the nature of arts and culture. Readings, lectures, performances, issue-based symposia, and panel discussions on the arts, architecture, design, and humanities are offered throughout the year. CCA students are encouraged to join existing clubs and organizations or to form new ones under the direction of the Student Affairs Office. Clubs. Our students are active in preprofessional student groups that are affiliated with corresponding Bay Area professional chapters: American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), and International Interior Design Association (IIDA).

Facilities and Resources
From an award-winning sculpture studio on the Oakland campus to the spacious design studios on the San Francisco campus, CCA offers students access to a wide array of facilities that support the design and art-making processes.

Most of CCA’s instructional buildings house studio facilities. The Oakland campus features the spacious Noni Eccles Treadwell Ceramic Arts Center, the Shaklee Building, which contains a foundry and sculpture, metal arts, jewelry, and glass studios, and the Barclay Simspon Sculpture Studio, which can support the making of large-scale metal and glass work.. The Oakland campus supports an auditorium, a media center, and the Meyer Library.

The Oakland campus also has three drawing studios; three painting studios; a large print shop; and textile facilities include weaving studios, printing and silk-screening studios, dye rooms, and workrooms. CCA’s photography facilities were recently expanded and are open more than 80 hours a week. CCA’s media arts students have access to a variety of equipment for digital video, Super-8, and 16 mm film production.

CCA’s computer labs on both the Oakland and San Francisco campuses offer the latest hardware and software for artists, architects, and designers. Students can also access the Internet, email accounts, and campus software through CCA’s wireless network.

CCA’s Montgomery Campus in San Francisco houses the architecture and design programs, the graduate programs, and selected fine arts programs. The large, newly renovated facility includes studios, classrooms, a lecture hall, numerous computer labs, spacious model-making and wood/furniture studios, and the Simpson Library. The campus’s Carroll Weisel Hall houses fashion facilities and classrooms, as well as studio space reserved for graduate students and undergraduate painters. CCA recently opened a new graduate facility, which features individual studios.

The CCA Wattis Institute sponsors shows of contemporary work by international artists at the Oliver Art Center in Oakland and the Logan Galleries in San Francisco. In addition to offering students informal exhibition spaces, CCA has several galleries reserved for student work.

Financial Aid
In 2003–04, 83 percent of CCA students received financial aid from some source. Approximately 75 percent of CCA students received CCA scholarship assistance. The college offers financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs. There are both need-based and merit-based awards. Prospective students applying for financial assistance in 2004–05 should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the Federal Student Aid Processing Agency by March 1. If a student submits an application after the deadline, CCA will award funds as long as they remain available. Students can submit applications for Federal Pell Grants and Federal Family Education Loans throughout the year.

Admission Process and Requirements
Undergraduate applicants must have a high school diploma or the equivalent. The Admissions Committee evaluates prospective students on the strength of previous academic work, the statement of purpose, standardized test scores, recommendations, and portfolio of art.

CCA recognizes that not all prospective students have had equal opportunity to study art and that some successful applicants arrive at CCA with limited experience in art. In all cases, CCA considers all aspects of the applicant’s previous achievements, including artistic achievement, academic success, and personal goals. Undergraduate students applying for merit scholarships must complete applications by February 1. Applicants for fall semester programs are encouraged to apply before the priority deadline of March 1. Spring semester applicants should submit their application before October 1. Students who meet the admissions priority deadlines receive priority consideration for housing, financial aid, and course selection. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling admission basis; applications are reviewed in the order they are received. Students receive their acceptance and financial aid package after the priority dates. In addition to the application, students must submit a nonrefundable application fee of $50. It is possible to register for one or more courses as a non-degree student (on a space-available basis).

To request the application forms, the college catalog, or additional information about the school or admissions procedures, contact:
Office of Enrollment Services
California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Telephone: 800-447-1ART (toll free)
World Wide Web:
Students may apply online at

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