November 25, 2014

Graduate programs: call for applications

California College of the Arts (CCA)
Diedrick Brackens (Master of Fine Arts Textiles) in his studio. Taken during Open Studios, April 2014. Courtesy of CCA. 

California College of the Arts is a distinguished leader in the fields of art, architecture, design, and writing education. Our 13 graduate programs, all based on our San Francisco campus, are now accepting applications for the fall 2015 incoming class. The priority deadline to apply is January 10.

CCA offers graduate programs in:

Architecture (MArch)
Advanced Architectural Design (MAAD, a post-professional degree)
Civic Innovation (MBA)
Comics (MFA)
Curatorial Practice (MA)
Design (MFA)
Design Strategy (MBA)
Film (MFA)
Fine Arts (MFA)
Interaction Design (MDes)
Strategic Foresight (MBA)
Visual and Critical Studies (MA)
Writing (MFA)


Rooted in contemporary practice, CCA’s graduate programs provide fertile ground for deep dives into academic, artistic, design, and literary research. Experimentation and exploration are significant components of each discipline. The programs encourage interdisciplinary study, theoretical rigor, and malleable critical thinking. The curriculum emphasizes the study of contemporary practice and theory, coupled with intensive group and individual critiques. Students in all programs enjoy access to renowned faculty and excellent facilities.

Our graduate students form a strong, interconnected community. Faculty members are active practitioners in their respective fields, connecting students to a wide professional network. Situated in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the world’s most progressive creative and technological centers, students leverage the area’s innovative spirit, making meaningful professional connections that will be of lasting value throughout their careers. Many of the programs enhance their curricular offerings by engaging with outside cultural institutions, companies, organizations, and communities.

Making the cost of graduate study manageable is crucial to CCA’s mission. Financial aid is available to qualified US citizens and permanent residents. Eligible applicants should, in conjunction with their CCA application, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) starting January 1, 2015. CCA’s federal school code is 001127.

Application requirements differ by program. Find them, along with CCA’s online application, at


About California College of the Arts
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) offers 22 undergraduate and 13 graduate programs in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers BFA, BA, MFA, MA, MBA, BArch, MArch, MAAD, and MDes degrees. It has campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, and currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students. CCA students are encouraged to work in an interdisciplinary manner, undertaking projects and collaborations with students in other majors and engaging with outside communities.

Noted alumni include the artists Nathan Oliveira, Jules de Balincourt, Robert Arneson, Robert Bechtle, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos; the Oscar-winning filmmaker Audrey Marrs; the illustrator Tomie de Paola; the conceptual artists Harrell Fletcher, David Ireland, and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas, Michael Vanderbyl, and Gary Hutton. For more information about CCA, visit

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