California College of the Arts (CCA)

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) educates students to shape culture and society through the practice and critical study of art, architecture, design, and writing. Benefitting from its San Francisco Bay Area location, the college prepares students for lifelong creative work by cultivating innovation, community engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. CCA offers a rich curriculum of 22 undergraduate and 11 graduate programs taught by a faculty of expert practitioners. Attracting promising students from across the nation and around the world, CCA is one of the 10 most diverse colleges in the U.S. Graduates are highly sought-after by the world’s leading companies, architecture and design firms, cultural and arts organizations, and many have launched their own successful businesses.

CCA is creating a new, expanded college campus at its current site in San Francisco, spearheaded by the architectural firm Studio Gang. The new campus design will be a model of sustainable construction and practice; will unite the college’s programs in art, architecture, design, and writing in one location to create new adjacencies and interactions; and will provide more student housing than ever before.

Main academic building at CCA's San Francisco campus. Photo by Jim Norrena.



Fine Arts
Humanities + Sciences

notable alumni

Robert Arneson, Robert Bechtle, Squeak Carnwath, Petra Cortright, Viola Frey, Neil Grimmer, Amanda Hunt, David Ireland, John McCracken, Richard McLean, Manuel Neri, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Nathan Oliveira, Dennis Oppenheim, Leah Rosenberg, Lucille Tenazas, Hank Willis Thomas, Jessica Silverman, Michael Vanderbyl, Peter Voulkos, Wayne Wang, Carmen Winant