Apply: Master of Advanced Architecture Design

Application is now open for Fall 2019.

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Applications submitted by January 10, 2019, will be given priority processing for application reviews with faculty. The first round of application reviews will begin February 1. 

Application Requirements

  • Application ($70 nonrefundable fee required)

  • Portfolio ($5 SlideRoom nonrefundable fee required)

  • Personal essay

  • Résumé / Curriculum vitae

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • College transcripts

  • Interview



Applicants must complete and submit the application online.


Applicants must submit their portfolio online by registering for a SlideRoom account specifically for CCA applicants. Once an account is registered, instructions on how to create the portfolio will be provided. (Please Note: Supplemental portfolio materials sent separately to the Admissions Office are not accepted.)

Applicants should assemble their portfolio into one PDF document no longer than 30 pages and no larger than 10 megabytes. Please be advised that the portfolio will be viewed on a computer screen, so plan the resolution of your images and text accordingly. You may provide links to relevant external materials (videos, websites, etc) within the PDF.

The portfolio should demonstrate clear evidence of their architectural education and level of ability.

In addition to academic and professional work, applicants are encouraged to include examples of personal work, too. CCA faculty reviews all submitted portfolios.

Please keep in mind once your portfolio has been uploaded and submitted to the college no further changes may be made.

For assistance with technical issues regarding the online portfolio, email

Please note the portfolio must be in PDF document format.

Personal Essay

A personal essay of 500 to 1,000 words must accompany the application. Describe what motivates you to pursue a degree in architecture and how this motivation overlaps with one or more of our program's particular strengths:

  • the integration of critical, artistic, and material approaches to architecture

  • alternative models of practice and fabrication

  • current investigations into culture, media, and technology and their relationship to architectural production

  • our location in a multidisciplinary art school in vibrant San Francisco

Please note personal essays must be in PDF document format.

Résumé / Curriculum Vitae

Please outline your educational and professional background and relevant experiences and activities, including community work. Please note resumes must be in PDF document format.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required from an academic or professional source. No personal recommendations, please. We use an electronic recommendation process, which ensures that we receive your recommendations in a timely fashion and it is convenient for your recommenders.

When submitting your electronic application, you can provide the email address for your recommenders. Your recommenders will receive the recommendation form electronically and then return it electronically to CCA. Please note letters must be in PDF document format.

College Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts are used for review purposes. Applicants are required to upload their unofficial transcript as a PDF document with the online application form. Accepted and enrolled applicants will submit the official sealed transcript of their undergraduate coursework to Graduate Admission by August 1, 2018.

Applicants who have taken graduate coursework are welcome to also send transcripts in support of their graduate application.

For international applicants, all transcripts must be in English or accompanied by a certified English translation of the original.

All admitted students who were still in the process of completing a bachelor's degree at the time of applying must send the final transcript before enrolling to verify completion of the bachelor’s degree, including official notation of date of graduation, no later than August 1, 2018.

Mail your official transcript to:

California College of the Arts
Enrollment Services Office—Graduate Admissions
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco CA 94107-2247


Applicants may be contacted to arrange an interview with the graduate architecture coordinator or a faculty member.

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)

CCA does not require the GRE test for consideration to its Master in Architecture Program. However, you may include GRE scores with your application, as additional support materials are welcomed for the review process.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

English proficiency exams must be completed prior to submitting the application. Official English proficiency exam scores (TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE) must be sent to the college directly from the testing agency. International applications will be considered incomplete, and not reviewed until proof of English proficiency has been received.

Detailed requirements for international applicants.

General Inquiries:

Leah Kandel
Program Manager
Master of Architecture
Master of Advanced Architectural Design

Postal Address
Graduate Architecture Programs
California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco CA 94107-2247

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