San Francisco, CA
California College of the Arts


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Recent Reviews

Stephanie
What is your overall opinion of this school?

In general, I believe California College of the Arts is a good school. Professors are especially helpful when you ask for hel...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

In general, I believe California College of the Arts is a good school. Professors are especially helpful when you ask for help. First/foundation year at CCA can be boring at times because students are required to complete their core studio courses as a prerequisite for their desired classes for their majors. There are diverse group of students, full of domestic, out of state, and international students make up most of the classrooms. Social life can be lacking because of the small amount of students that attend, but the school is located in the Bay Area, an epicenter for entertainment and social activities.

Ralph
What is your overall opinion of this school?

CCA claims many things. Which reputable institution wouldn't want to claim its own greatness? CCA does indeed have some of ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

CCA claims many things. Which reputable institution wouldn't want to claim its own greatness? CCA does indeed have some of the most amazing and bonafide faculty there is. Within each of the departments of the school, there are professionally practicing instructors who offer a lot of wisdom, mentorship, and individual attention. The ability that students have to connect with their instructors is what makes CCA a powerful tool in gathering a higher education. The thing is, CCA is highly unorganized and terribly so. Outside of in-class time, where the class is in session and the students' attention is directed towards their instructor, all other activities are completely unmotivated. This is to say, there is no appeal given to turning students on to extracurricular activities. But more importantly, the students at CCA are being pulled every which direction because of the demands of multiple classes. At CCA there are two major forces that compete with each other for the student's attention. These are academic classes and the intended major field of art in which the student intends to work within. Take me for example: I'm an Animation major. Animation, like so many of the other arts, is vastly time-consuming. So much so, that it is impossible to explore the medium of animation while also meeting the requirements of four other classes, each of which has an independent focus. This isn't to say that we as college level students SHOULDN'T expect multiple fields of study required as a blooming and intellectual mind. The problem is there is no room for art to be truly explored in this situation. I have witnessed so many students, my peers, deliver work to a critique which they didn't apply themselves to in the slightest. I want to see art explored at my school, not forced out because a student had too many conflicting responsibilities. There is still much to be gained from attending CCA, but ultimately, the administration of the school does little to help. It almost feels like the school doesn't care about us as students or artists. Though the instructors so what they can to help and mentor us. The instructors for me, are the redeeming quality of CCA's otherwise apathetic conduct towards empowering students.

Kryshana
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I really enjoyed my time at CCA. It prepared me for the "real world" in so many ways. I was very involved, and took part in ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I really enjoyed my time at CCA. It prepared me for the "real world" in so many ways. I was very involved, and took part in almost everything I could. I was part of student council, gave campus tours, worked as an ESL / writing coach and was part of the Students of Color Coalition. The best part about CCA is the culture of inclusivity and the number of resources that are available to students to help them succeed. The career development office provides resources for job-searches, help you with your resume and cover letters, hold an annual career fair and workshops throughout the year for students to easily transition from college to professional life. Student council is an active entity on campus and advocates for students, conducts regular community building events and mentors new generations of student leaders. There are student coaches for academic classes such as math and writing. Student coaches are students who are selected because they are well performing in a given area and can provide guidance and tutoring for those who need it. As far as studio classes go, the small class sizes make your professors and lecturers very accessible. One-on-one critiques are part of the normal day to day studio curriculum which is fantastic because you get that personalized feedback from your teachers and can ask the questions you need to. I had professors who were happy to take the time out of their day to get lunch or meet outside of class-time to help me with a project or provide feedback. The faculty at CCA is incredibly dedicated to their students, and most of them are working professionals as well which means they can often provide students an "in" to the industry. One of my internships during my senior year was for a professor's firm. There is so much more that makes this school fantastic, and I could write pages and pages worth of praise. I had such a great experience at CCA and am so thankful for CCA providing me just the right foundation to truly succeed in my chosen field.

Hallie
What is your overall opinion of this school?

California College of the Arts is an extremely encouraging and all-encompassing school that is open to any state of mind or p...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

California College of the Arts is an extremely encouraging and all-encompassing school that is open to any state of mind or personality. We are all wierdos here, and embrace that mindset to diversify our art. All our teachers are working professionals who love what they do and know how to do it.

Amanda
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Receiving my admission packet was an unforgettable moment, it signified my hard work and dedication to my craft. Finally my a...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Receiving my admission packet was an unforgettable moment, it signified my hard work and dedication to my craft. Finally my achievements were encompassed in a sleek folder showcasing the design potential of my future school. At that moment, I wouldn't have imagined or expected to experience the things that I did during my first year at CCA. The first day was exciting, moving into dorms and meeting a bunch of faculty and student RA's who all were eager to help. If only that same enthusiasm rang throughout the year. Sure, CCA offered a multitude of resources but overall the school lacked in a lot of important areas. Housing for students were ridiculously subpar with many plumbing issues, insect/rodent problems, mold, and poor fix-ups. To pay over $9,000 a year for housing that could barely support the students, it was ridiculous. Many students couldn't even use the wifi provided in their dorms. We always had to leave our housing and do our work elsewhere. The lack of availability and dorms for second year students is even worse. Many students are forced to live off campus and very little choose to stay on campus due to the lack of space and information on dorms. They throw you in and expect you to accept what's given to you. A total scam! CCA as a school was tremendously insightful with faculty that really care about their students. The problem is that CCA doesn't have many full time professors. Many of the incredible and amazing professors work part time and split their time with another college. To be such a progressive school and still fail to pay and appreciate the professors for their hard work and dedication, it's truly disappointing. I support the professors and their dedication to their craft and their student but I don't support the higher officials and people like Stephen Beal who refuse to acknowledge the real problems at our school.

Camila
What is your overall opinion of this school?

My struggle with CCA is paying for school. It is extremely challenging to pay for tuition, art supplies, food and dorms. CCA ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

My struggle with CCA is paying for school. It is extremely challenging to pay for tuition, art supplies, food and dorms. CCA is expensive and I've been trying to look for help to pay for school since I got admitted. I think its a reality that the majority of students are having the same situation as mine. There should be more opportunities and help. Specially in work-study program, it should be more accessible. Its difficult to get into work-study program and I really need it. I don't get why do I have to be worrying so much about this instead of worrying and focusing more in my classes.

Serena
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The School has a very nice atmosphere overall. The course topics can very from pretty easy to extremely difficult depending ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The School has a very nice atmosphere overall. The course topics can very from pretty easy to extremely difficult depending on the subject. Almost all classes sign a lot of homework though, so expect this. The people are friendly and the teachers are usually there to help on numerous occasions when needed.

Tasneem
AMAZING EXPERIENCE

It seem like a wonderful college

AMAZING EXPERIENCE

It seem like a wonderful college

jenell
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Some advice I would give to the Jenell in high school would be SCHOLARSHIP! I would stress the importance of scholasrship and...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Some advice I would give to the Jenell in high school would be SCHOLARSHIP! I would stress the importance of scholasrship and tell her really just how expensive college is, so maybe save some money up ahead of time.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Because I go to a private art college, the diversity level is very small. The african american population is maybe 2%, so it can be a little uncomfortable walking into a classroom where you are the only person of color there. I wish my school was more upfront about the lack of diveristy in the student and staff population, becasue that might have altered my desison making.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are a bunch of creatively diverse and a bit weird stduents that are really welcoming.

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  • Enrollment
  • 1,528
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $45,466
  • Acceptance rate
  • 65%

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