As a California College of the Arts graduate student, you’ll grow your skills in a region with worldwide influence, at a college renowned for its ingenuity and originality. CCA is a one-of-a-kind place that will foster your artistic and academic excellence as you deepen your practice.
We proudly extend to you an invitation to join us in our evolving urban laboratory. You’ll explore emerging domains of practice that both master and move beyond traditional notions. You’ll refine your work through rigorous critical study of your discipline. You’ll absorb and connect to adjacent disciplinary practices, unfolding and intersecting ideas in profound new ways.
A diverse community grounded in a culture of critique
CCA is a sanctuary for risk-taking and personal expression, deeply engaged in the dynamic culture and radical thinking emblematic of the Bay Area. At every turn, our graduate students are empowered to positively impact people’s lives and the world in which they live. Moreover, art college rankings position CCA as one of the best art and design schools in California, the United States, and the world. From greatest salary potential to most sustainable to overall best value, our accolades are bolstered by innovative facilities, interdisciplinary programs, and expert faculty that have made CCA a top-tier college.
Our graduate programs’ distinguished faculty are internationally renowned artists, critics, curators, and scholars. Their extensive work with institutions, industries, and communities across myriad disciplines gives graduate students a wide collective pool of expertise from which to draw as they formulate and refine their own individuated practices and positions. With nearly 400 graduate students, CCA’s average number of graduate students per class is 10—a fact that underlines our strong mentorship culture.
The range of ideas, people, and creative practices on campus will also give your work intelligence and depth. CCA was ranked in the top 25 on Niche’s 2023 list of the most diverse colleges in the U.S., and 42 countries are represented among our entire student body. Our Career Development team will provide access to tools, events, networking opportunities, and a CCA job board beginning as soon as you get to campus. Of recent graduate alumni, 85% reported their CCA education was relevant to their first work experience and 81% obtained work within 12 months of graduating.
Our graduates are highly sought-after by companies such as Pixar/Disney, Apple, Intel, Facebook, Gensler, Google, IDEO, Autodesk, Mattel, and Nike, and many have launched their own successful businesses. Alumni and faculty are often recognized with the highest honors in their fields, including Academy Awards, AIGA Medals, Fulbright Scholarships, Guggenheim Fellowships, MacArthur Fellowships, National Medals of Art, Rome Prizes, and more.
Most notably, our interdisciplinary community strives every day to solve social, cultural, ecological, and economic problems. Join this inclusive and collaborative environment and pursue work that makes a difference for all.
The CCA experience
The CCA difference
International student information session
CCA's Office of International Student Services is hosting a virtual info session for our admitted international graduate students. Join us on April 18 at 7:30 am PDT to learn about the topics you need to know as an international student enrolling at CCA. The program director will review the student visa request process and answer your questions about travel to and study in the U.S.
Take a tour of CCA
Take a look inside the shops and studios at CCA and join us at a weekly in-person tour of our campus. If you are not able to travel to San Francisco, take a virtual tour. CCA tours are by pre-registration.
Review all your information
We’re certain you belong at CCA, but we know attending graduate school is an important investment of time and financial resources. That’s why we ensure you can understand all aspects of your offer—information you’ll need as you make your decision to enroll at CCA.
The admissions offer you received indicates the semester you’ll start attending CCA. You can also review your financial aid and explore your housing options online. If you have any questions along the way, reach out to our teams for answers.
If you already know you’d like to accept your offer and attend CCA, you can submit your enrollment deposit now and get started with the next steps.
Economic diversity is integral to CCA
Your offer of admission may have included merit or programmatic scholarship from CCA. If you are eligible and completed the necessary forms, your financial aid award offer may also include federal and state financial aid.
California residents should complete either the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application by March 2 to be eligible for a Cal Grant.
If you have already submitted your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application, you may view your financial aid award offer online. Log in to the CCA Graduate Applicant Page, click on View my financial aid packages, and select your program for the appropriate academic year.
If you have any outstanding requirements to complete your financial aid application (for example, if you have been selected for verification), you can view and upload documentation on the CCA Graduate Applicant Page by clicking on My Financial Aid Requirements.
International students are not eligible for federal and state financial aid, so do not need to fill out the forms mentioned above. If you are an international student with financial need, we encourage you to reach out to our Graduate Admissions Office by emailing [email protected] or you may also explore additional financial aid information and resources for international students.
Invest in your future
Enjoy the convenience of living on campus
Twelve-month campus housing contracts are available to incoming graduate students, which means you can stay in your fall and spring semester room assignment over the winter and summer periods as well. (This option is available to all incoming graduate students; however, it’s particularly relevant for MDes Interaction Design and MFA Comics students because both programs have required coursework over the summer semester.) Learn more about graduate housing options.
Here’s a look at housing accommodations available to you as a graduate student at CCA in Founders Hall or Blattner Hall. You can apply to live in one of these communities after you submit your enrollment deposit.
The college's newest residence, Founders Hall, opened in fall 2020 and is located next door to CCA’s main building and graduate classrooms. Founders Hall features private and shared units, spacious multi-use common areas, and a ground-floor dining facility, called Makers Cafe, which offers convenient meal plans for students.
The fifth floor of the building was designed with graduate students in mind, offering fully furnished private studio or suite-style residence options, both with kitchenettes. In addition to views of the iconic San Francisco skyline, this state-of-the-art building features laundry facilities, spacious multi-use common areas, and an outdoor terrace. Learn more about Founders Hall amenities and rates.
Located just three blocks away from our campus in San Francisco, Blattner Hall offers an apartment-style community with spacious two- and four-bedroom units that are fully furnished, with full kitchens and modern amenities. This student residence, which opened in 2019, features ground-floor retail space, outdoor courtyards, a large community gathering space, and views of the San Francisco campus and skyline. Learn more about Blattner Hall amenities and rates.
Accept your offer by making an enrollment deposit
Your journey as a CCA graduate student starts with your intent to enroll. To confirm your attendance, sign in to your CCA applicant page to accept your offer of admission and pay the $500 enrollment deposit by May 1, 2024, or within two weeks of receiving your admission offer, whichever occurs later.
Access your applicant page to accept your offer
When you submitted your application via Slideroom, the information you provided was used to administratively create an account on CCA's applicant page for you to access your application status. You may have already received an email instructing you to set your password for this applicant page account.
To access the applicant page for the first time, use the same email address you used to apply via Slideroom and use the "forgot password" feature to trigger an email for you to set a password. Please do not create a new account, as it will not connect to your application.
Once you're signed in, select your application and follow the instructions to accept the offer of admission and to complete the non-refundable deposit, which is used to cover registration fees and enrollment costs.
Select housing, prep your tech, and more
After you’ve made your enrollment deposit, it’s time to follow the Graduate Enrollment Checklist, which includes obtaining your I-20 and F-1 visa (if you’re an international student), applying for campus housing, reviewing technology requirements, and signing up for Student Health Insurance, among other tasks.
Our teams are here to help
With your admission to CCA, you’ve achieved the first step toward academic, artistic, and personal achievement. With our dedicated teams of counselors, you have someone who can answer your questions the rest of the way.
We can talk you through your admission offer, schedule a visit to campus, and more. Make an appointment.
For questions regarding graduate housing opportunities; residential hall security, amenities, and accessibility; or submitting your housing application, email [email protected].
Reach out to us with any financial aid or payment-related questions—from how to understand your award package to how to submit a payment. You can also email [email protected] or call +1 415-703-9528 if you need additional support.