CCA is a private college located in San Francisco, California. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,409 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the CCA acceptance rate is 64%. Popular majors include Illustration, Graphic Design, and Industrial and Product Design. Graduating 61% of students, CCA alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $27,900.
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Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.24 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.25 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.25 responses
Most Popular Majors
Graphic Design38 Graduates
Industrial and Product Design38 Graduates
Animation, Video Graphics and Special Effects30 Graduates
Interior Design20 Graduates
Human Computer Interaction19 Graduates
Metal and Jewelry Arts12 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say they don't have Greek life.22 responses
- of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.29 responses
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.16 responses
California College of the Arts Reviews
CCA has an incredible community that invites diversity in order to create an environment where students and faculties are open to freely exchange their ideas and creativity. I found it easy to meet new people and the community was overall very welcoming. Academically, I had minor issues in regarding some programs that fail to provide broader opportunities and options following certain specific major programs but there are professors who aided me significantly through out my first year in college! There aren't any sports or athletics clubs that are offered and unfortunately the school also doesn't offer any gyms for students to access.
CCA has been great- I highly recommend the MFA in Comics program! It's a low residency program where students are on campus in San Francisco for the month of July and can complete their other coursework online throughout the year. We are working on storytelling, drawing and inking skills, digital coloring, and comics history. Additionally, every student has a faculty mentor who works with them on their thesis assignments.
I study an undergraduate in Animation and going into my sophomore year. Although CCA has great teachers from Pixar, the teachers don't really seem to help you unless you ask for help. There are many great resources, and you can definitely learn more than you could ask for in multiple disciplines! Lately, CCA has opened new VR classes for animation and have a new professor who is the author of Force: Dynamic Life Drawings. Individually, you WILL spend a lot of money for his classes, and with a little asking around you'll find what is worth your money. The exchange program offers you to go around anywhere in the States, but you also have the opportunity to go overseas! CCA has a lot of great programs to take you on trips, you get to improve a lot.