College Name

Names of the College Throughout Its History

1907: School of the California Guild of Arts and Crafts
1908: California School of Arts and Crafts
1936: California College of Arts and Crafts
2003: California College of the Arts

The college has changed its name three times in 100 years. Frederick Meyer changed the name after the first year, and research has not turned up a reason. Perhaps because the original name was a mouthful!

Although the school was incorporated as a nonprofit institution in 1922 and granted collegiate status, it was still referred to as California School of Arts and Crafts in printed materials until 1936.

In 2003, recognizing the breadth of the college's programs and the blurring of the distinction between art and craft, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to change the name to California College of the Arts.