As a parent or guardian you want the best for your child. Selecting a college is an important decision that affects the entire family. Here you will find answers to many of your immediate questions about CCA.
The Enrollment Services Office can help ensure your son or daughter makes the best decisions both for and on their educational journey. Please contact us at 800.447.1ART or
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For more than 100 years CCA has been one of the most prestigious art colleges in the country. We are deeply dedicated to tradition and innovation, as well as theory and practice. Our 20 undergraduate and seven graduate programs are all grounded in the unifying purpose of making art that matters.
Students are challenged to think beyond established boundaries in art, architecture, design, and writing to create innovative, purposeful, and thought-provoking work.
Two Campuses, One Dynamic College
CCA maintains two campuses: one in Oakland; the other in San Francisco. Each campus offers state-of-the art facilities and a stimulating environment to inspire our students' creativity.
See Two-College Campus for detailed information highlighting which academic programs are administered on which campus as well as the available transportation options that keep CCA's two-campus structure a single, vibrant community.
The college will partner with you and your family to plan a financial road map that makes possible your child's education here at CCA. Our financial aid program is designed to facilitate all students reaching their creative potential.
In 2008–9 the college awarded more than $13 million in college-funded scholarships and over $32 million in combined scholarships, grants, loans, and employment. More than 76 percent of the college's undergraduate students and 80 percent of our graduate students receive some kind of college-funded merit- or need-based scholarship.
Prepare for the Future
CCA is committed to seeing your child succeed academically now and professionally after graduation. Our annual Career Expo illustrates well our dedication to ensuring students start preparing now for their future.
The Career Services Office provides numerous resources to assist students in shaping their unique career path. The Oakland and San Francisco campuses each offer a career resource area where students and alumni can browse books, review sample résumés, and receive job-search instructional handouts.
Students who require assistance getting started, setting goals, writing a résumé, and devising a job-search strategy are encouraged to make an appointment with a Career Services counselor who will work with students to map a strategy for success.
Many of the college's academic programs offer company-sponsored studio opportunities that allow students to collaborate with real-world industry professionals. Students also are encouraged (required, in select programs) to undertake internships at local design firms, museums, publishers, and other artistic-based venues where exposure to innovative minds is plentiful, allowing students to gain valuable professional experience.
See a partial list of job websites, categorized by disciplines, CCA makes available to students via Career Services.
CCA takes an individualized approach to its admissions process, taking into consideration the academic, artistic, and personal attributes of each applicant.
The Admissions Office reviews applications on a rolling basis (meaning in the order received)—and continues to accept applications, admit students, and award financial aid after the priority deadlines have passed. (Priority deadlines are those dates by which applicants are encouraged to submit all documentation in order to receive first consideration for admissions and merit scholarships.)
- October 1: Spring priority application deadline (notification begins the first week of November)
- February 1: Fall priority application deadline (notification begins first week of March). Note: all applications received by this date will be considered for merit scholarships.
- March 2: Fall priority FAFSA deadline (notification by the end of March through mid-April)
- May 1: National candidate reply deadline (students must notify all the colleges they applied of their intention to enroll)
Should your daughter or son be admitted to CCA, please see the admitted student section for details regarding timelines and next procedures in the enrollment process.
For first-year and transfer students CCA offers a variety of housing options on or near our Oakland campus, including various themed communities: First-Year Community, Artists for Community (AFC), Artists' Retreat Community (ARC) and the International and Multicultural Community (IMC).
The Housing Office also maintains an online list of those CCA students who are seeking shared living, as well as other housing opportunities, near campus.
Safety, Health & Well-Being
Safety is a priority at CCA. Our Public Safety Department patrols each campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. While on campus all students, faculty, and staff must wear their CCA identification badge at all times. Public safety also offers an escort program, lost-and-found services, crime-prevention programs, bicycle safety supplies, medical assistance, and procedures for responding to emergencies and incidents that involve injuries or criminal activities.
Our students' emotional health and well-being is as important as their physical safety. The college offers a variety of services, including health insurance (please see the Kaiser Permanente CCA Benefit Summary, and professional, free of charge counseling appointments. Counseling staff members offer crisis intervention, psychiatric assessment, referrals to community resources, as well as outreach programs on such topics as managing critiques, coping with depression, and working through creative blocks.
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Spring priority application deadline
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Who to Call
- Academic Advising (advising appointments): 510.594.3674
- Career Services (job board, Career Expo, career counseling appointments): 415.703.9575
- Counseling: 510.594.3666
- Enrollment Services: 800.447.1ART (1278)
- Disability Services: 510.594.3775
- Financial Aid: 415.703.9528
- First Year Program: 510.594.3642
- Health Insurance: 510.594.3775
- Learning Resource Center (academic coaching, disability services): 510.594.3756
- Student Records (registration, transcripts, academic policy): 415.703.9579
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