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.
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
- 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 Commission Action Letter (March 9, 2017)
- Report of the Visiting WSCUC Team for Reaffirmation of Accreditation (December 2016)
- CCA Institutional Report (submitted February 15, 2016)
- WASC Commission Action Letter (June 30, 2009)
- Report of the Visiting WASC Team for the Educational Effectiveness Review (March 11, 2009)
- CCA Educational Effectiveness Review Report (submitted on December 15, 2008)
- WASC Commission Action Letter (February 29, 2008)
- Report of the Visiting WASC Team for the Capacity and Preparatory Review (October 12, 2007)
- CCA Capacity and Preparatory Review Report (submitted July 12, 2007)
- CCA Institutional Proposal (submitted May 15, 2005)
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.
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