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California College of the Arts

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Description of California College of the Arts

  • Established: 1907
  • Location: San Francisco and Oakland, USA
  • Students age: from 17 years old
  • Number of students: 1950 people
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Type of study: private art college.

California College of the Arts attracts promising students from all over the world to study at one of the best art and design schools in the United States. The college educates talented, forward-thinking students, future universal creators with creative solutions for the development of culture and society.

The private nonprofit college offers a rich curriculum of 22 undergraduate and 11 graduate programs, is distinguished by interdisciplinarity, breadth of courses, commitment to social responsibility. Students study on two different campuses in the Bay Area, receive an immersive, interdisciplinary experience that focuses on theory and practice, helping them to gain the creative confidence, entrepreneurial skills needed for modern creative practice.

Founded in 1907 by Frederick Meyer, California College of Art is currently expanding its San Francisco campus with new student residences, a new building from award-winning architecture firm Studio Gang.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in California College of the Arts

Program name
All year round
from 50592.00 $ / year
from 50592.00 $ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
from 53250.00 $ / year
from 53250.00 $ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Accommodation, meals, prices

A new dormitory at the center of the CCA San Francisco campus, Founders Hall, is dedicated to bachelors with a gallery, community meeting space, cafeteria on the ground floor where students can adhere to their meal plan. Above, four floors are connected by an open-air courtyard, common areas, corridors with student rooms on either side. The compact spaces have pantries, beds, tables, a separate sink, toilet, and shower to minimize morning movements. The upper floor has single rooms for high school and graduate students, as well as a terrace overlooking the famous San Francisco skyline.

The Makers Cafe on the ground floor of the newest Founders Hall residence opened in fall 2020. The cafe is designed with the diverse needs of the campus community and neighbors in mind. With a seasonal menu and daily specials made with local, organic ingredients, hot and cold dishes to order, and fresh coffee, the cafe is in demand among students.

Activities California College of the Arts

Student organizations provide an opportunity to meet and communicate with students with similar interests, to gain leadership experience, and to practice new skills. Many clubs and extracurricular activities focus on different types of art, which provides ample opportunities for applying knowledge in practice.


  • Teachers prepare students for lifelong creative practice by fostering intellectual curiosity and encouraging collaborative, innovative methods.
  • The CCA employs about 500 teachers - they are experienced scientists, practitioners, researchers, inspiring students to take creative risks in pursuit of purposeful work. The school is visited annually by artists, critics, designers, writers, scientists who talk about different points of view, professional experience
  • The ratio of students to teachers is 8: 1. Teachers have the flexibility, resources to work with individual students through development, rethinking, and improvement of specialized skills.
  • The college supports faculty, the academic staff provides each student with life-saving experiences, critical learning techniques. Teachers, program managers, teaching support experts, student affairs officers work closely to pilot innovative initiatives and improve student learning in classrooms, studios, laboratories.

California College of the Arts alumni are highly regarded by companies such as:

  • Pixar
  • Disney
  • Apple
  • Intel
  • Facebook
  • Gensler
  • Google
  • IDEO
  • Autodesk
  • Mattel
  • Nike.

Many graduates have opened their own successful business, their work is presented in large collections:

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Whitney Museum
  • National Gallery of Art in Washington DC
  • Library of Congress
  • Tate Modern Gallery, London.

Facilities and equipment at California College of the Arts

  • Spacious studio space, state-of-the-art instruments, specially equipped art spaces.
  • Well-lit, comfortable studios with plenty of room to stretch even the largest canvas, cutting-edge editing kits with the processing power to bring cinematic ideas to life - all of this awaits California College of the Arts students.
  • The Simpson Library is located on the San Francisco campus: it stores collections of architecture, design, graphic novels, and part of the fine art collections. Special Collections at The Simpson Library include Artists Books, MUSE Carts, Science Equipment, Item Collections, Minor Publications, and the latest CCA theses.
  • A computer classкщщь and a reading area are available for study and creative work.

Admission dates and extra charges

  • Fees
  • Books + accessories

Deadline for applications: November 15th.

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

  • Online application
  • Registration fee
  • Personal essay
  • High school and / or university transcripts
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Portfolio
  • Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL (iBT): 80, IELTS - 6.5, C1 Advanced / CAE, CEFR - from C1, PTE - 58).

Scholarships California College of the Arts

The college provides reliable scholarships that are recognized by talented students. With an average financial aid package of $ 30,706, some of which is in the form of scholarships, full-time students can meet 59% of their financial needs.

Merit-Based International Students Scholarships range from $ 10,000 to $ 22,000 for undergraduate students. International undergraduate scholarships range from $ 10,000 to $ 36,000. Almost half of international students receive scholarships.

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Residence permits, citizenship and other services

  • Guardianship services during the studies
  • Student supervision

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- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
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- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.

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