About Bachelor of Architecture

Accredited Curriculum

The five-year, NAAB-accredited(National Architectural Accrediting Board) professional degree program is committed to experiments in alternative models of practice, design, and fabrication. The curriculum accordingly brings developments in culture, media, and technology to bear on the process of architectural production, allowing students to capitalize on new opportunities in a rapidly changing profession. CCA's Architecture Programs were granted a formal eight-year term of re-accreditation, effective January 1, 2017. The BArch degree is STEM designated.

Bay Area Setting

Our metropolitan setting informs the educational experience; the city of San Francisco functions as an urban laboratory, inspiring new ways to configure and inhabit architecture. Throughout their studies, students are encouraged to collaborate within and across disciplines to take full advantage of CCA's studio culture.

Lecture Series

The program actively seeks the participation of leading international figures for studio instruction, juried reviews, and an ambitious Architecture Division Lecture Series program.

Professional Internships

Through the required internship, students have the opportunity to work at architectural firms in the United States and abroad. Architecture Program students also regularly enter and place in design competitions.

About Accreditation & Licensure

In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the bachelor of architecture, the master of architecture, and the doctor of architecture.

A program may be granted an eight-year, six-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards. 

Doctor of architecture and master of architecture degree programs may consist of a preprofessional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education.

However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

General Inquiries:
Email: architecture@cca.edu

Jared Elizares
Program Manager
Bachelor of Architecture
BFA in Interior Design

Postal Address
B.Arch Program
California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco CA 94107-2247

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