Accreditation & Assessment

CCA is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC/WASC), the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).


Meeting exemplary professional standards

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2018 Commencement Ceremony at the Sydney Goldstein Theatre in San Francisco

Multi-discipline accreditation

CCA believes in fostering the artistic and academic excellence of our students and faculty. By seeking national accreditation and assessing student learning, we ensure all a learning environment defined by its evolving, contemporary curriculum and powerfully effective pedagogy informed by current professional practices.


Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission

Recognized for several areas of achievement

CCA undergoes periodic reaffirmation of accreditation review by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), our regional accreditation body and primary accreditor.

In 2017 the college completed the final phase of its current reaffirmation of accreditation process. This most recent review was successful and quite fruitful, inspiring important collegewide conversations.

The WSCUC review team commended the college in the following areas:

  • Financial viability and successful targeted enrollment growth, particularly in technologically oriented academic areas
  • Rising retention and graduation rates
  • Data-driven decision making and support for quality assurance
  • Learning assessment processes and the use of findings for
    continuous improvement
  • Building a strong foundation of studio-based instruction and
    culture of critique
  • Enhancing co-curricular support through a vital Student Affairs
    division and its partnership with Academic Affairs
  • A comprehensive and inclusive campus planning process
  • A strong, positive, and constructive relationship between the
    Board of Trustees and the college's administration

The reports and commission letters are available below:

WSCUC's next reaccreditation review of the college will be completed in 2026.


National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Compliant with established national credentials

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities with approximately 363 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for art and design and art/design-related disciplines.

The association also provides information to the public. It produces statistical research, provides professional development for leaders of art and design schools, and engages in policy analysis.


National Architectural Accrediting Board

The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture in the United States.

Since most state registration boards in the United States require any applicant for licensure to have graduated from a NAAB-accredited program, obtaining such a degree is an essential aspect of preparing for the professional practice of architecture.

The accrediting process is intended to verify that each accredited program substantially meets those standards that, as a whole, comprise an appropriate education for an architect.

Conditions and procedures for the accreditation of professional programs were developed in consultation with professional schools, academic institutions, professional societies, state registration boards, members of the profession, representatives of related professions, students, and the public.

California College of the Arts offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Architecture (159 undergraduate units)
  • Master of Architecture (undergraduate degree + 90 units)

In 2017, both the Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture programs met all 26 conditions with five areas of high distinction:

  • Building Materials and Assemblies
  • Evaluation and Decision Making
  • Integrated Architectural Solutions
  • Integrative Design
  • Use of Precedents

View accreditation and assessment reports:

NAAB's next review of CCA's Architecture programs is scheduled for spring 2026.