November 2, 2017

Graduate applications open for fall 2018

California College of the Arts (CCA)

California College of the Arts Graduate Center. Courtesy of CCA.

California College of the Arts (CCA) seeks graduate applications for 2018. With 11 renowned program offerings, CCA is a highly interdisciplinary community of scholars, artists, designers, architects, and writers, offering graduate students a platform to challenge the status quo and master their practices.

CCA offers graduate programs in:
Architecture (MArch), Advanced Architectural Design (MAAD), Comics (MFA), Curatorial Practice (MA), Design (MFA), Design Strategy (MBA), Film (MFA), Fine Arts (MFA), Interaction Design (MDes), Visual and Critical Studies (MA), Writing (MFA)

With an emphasis in contemporary practice and critical theory—bolstered by intensive critiques and interdisciplinary discourse—graduate students emerge ready to make a lasting mark on culture. Faculty mentorship and multimedia experimentation equip students with the real-world experiences, critical thinking skills, and artistic tools they’ll need for a creative career.

Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, our programs benefit from a progressive, diverse art scene and our close proximity to powerhouse brands, innovative technology companies, and world-renowned museums. Curricula are enhanced by our unique relationships with cultural institutions, internships with industry darlings, and collaborative projects with nonprofits in the public sphere.

Each graduate program selects outstanding students for prestigious graduate merit scholarships. Renewable and annual, these scholarships range up to 44,000 USD and are open to all prospective graduate students who apply by the January 10 deadline.

Making the cost of graduate study manageable is crucial to CCA's mission. Financial aid is available to qualified U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Eligible applicants should file, in conjunction with their CCA application, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) starting October 1, 2017. CCA's federal school code is 001127.

Application requirements differ by program. You can find them, along with CCA's online application, here.

About California College of the Arts
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) offers 22 undergraduate and 11 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.

Noted alumni include the artists Toyin Odutola, 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

Notable Faculty
Justin Hall (MFA Comics), Ed Luce (MFA Comics), Kristian Simsarian (MDes Interaction Design), Martin Veneski (MFA Design), James Gobel (MFA Fine Arts), Kota Ezawa (MFA Fine Arts), Jeanne Finley (MFA Fine Arts), Ranu Mukherjee (MFA Fine Arts), Tom Barbash (MFA Writing), Tonya Foster (MFA Writing), Faith Adiele (MFA Writing), Tina Takamoto (MA Visual Critical Studies), Jacqueline Francis (MA Visual Critical Studies), Amy Balkin (MFA Fine Arts), Rob Epstein (MFA Film), Barry Katz (MFA Design), Jon Sueda (MFA Design), Andy Dong (MBA in Design Strategy), Lisa Findley (MA Architecture), Irene Cheng (MA Architecture), Brian Price (MA Architecture)

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