California College of the Arts

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Founded in 1907 by Frederick Meyer, CCA is currently expanding its San Francisco campus with new student housing and a new building by award-winning architecture firm Studio Gang.


California College of the Arts educates students to shape culture and society through the practice and critical study of art, architecture, design, and writing.


Through a focus on advanced digital technologies and material systems, design research and urban agency, CCA strives to develop the next generation of designers who will shape our future built environments.

Through four primary areas of research expertise, the CCA Digital Craft Lab (DCL) supports and promotes advanced research in architectural design, digital fabrication, material science, data visualization, and robotics.


The college's Career Development team empowers CCA students and alumni with the tools and skills needed to launch and grow their creative careers.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

GSSA 2021

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2021. Universities with a score above 4.0 (out of 5) in any of the 8 award categories, receive Badges of Excellence. Congratulations!

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards


Housing services

Comfortable, convenient housing and meal plan options foster community, collaboration, and creativity in the heart of the city.

Library services

The library's  collections include a wide variety of physical and digital objects. Research guides curate resources by discipline and topic.

Medical services

California College of the Arts recognizes mental health and wellness is as equally important as physical health and wellness.

This section offers students information about access to mental-health services, including those offered through the college as well as those outside CCA's purview.

Student Life

Campus life

With input from alumni, faculty, staff, and trustees, the college has partnered with Equity Community Builders/Emerald Fund to identify a range of options that celebrate CCA’s legacy and truly benefit the community. Options could include partnerships with mission-aligned organizations -- coupled with alternative uses such as housing -- and other uses that honor the arts and historic aspects of the Oakland CCA campus. 

Student clubs

The Office of Student Life encourages all students to join or create new student organizations, groups, or clubs.

Your participation provides valuable experience that can have a positive effect on your college years as well as your future professional and personal life.

Student groups also contribute to the CCA community at large by involving others to work collaboratively toward a shared goal and are responsible for the vibrant campus life.


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 the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), formerly FIDER.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars


Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Alot work but studying with working made my studies suffer

CCA is awesome
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I learned a lot and grew a lot as an artist and a person because of CCA. I loved the intensity if the course and how much it pushed me. I didnt quite prefer some of the courses as they seemed kind of immature or basic at some level.

San Francisco, California, United States

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