Survey: CCA Ranks #1 US Art and Design School for Return on Investment

CCA students at career Fair [photo: Jim Norrena]CCA students learn about job opportunities at annual Career Expo

California College of the Arts (CCA) ranks number-one arts college in the nation for return on investment (ROI), according to a recent survey conducted by PayScale, the leading provider of compensation data, in its 2016 College ROI Report.

“We’re pleased to see CCA garner the top rating in this survey -- it confirms our belief that a CCA education has tremendous value,” commented Provost Tammy Rae Carland.

“It’s clear that innovation and ingenuity are increasing in value in the workplace. There is a pressing need for creative people across a broad range of industries and CCA excels at providing students with the skills, connections, and confidence to build lifelong creative careers.”  

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CCA’s 20,000 alumni have been employed at some of the most innovative companies and organizations -- Adobe, Apple, BCBG, Nike, Pixar, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art -- and many have embarked on successful entrepreneurial businesses.

Many of these career connections began while they were students at CCA, through opportunities such as industry-sponsored studios, internships, and the annual Career Expo.

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About the Survey

PayScale's College ROI Report was created to help answer the question "What is the value of a college degree?" While it’s impossible to put a dollar amount on the true value of education, the report aims to help students and their families think about the financial implications of choosing a college.

This year PayScale added new data on how a student’s household income when entering college impacts his or her earning potential after graduation as well as data around student loan payments and career readiness upon graduation.

Read the 2016 College ROI Report press release »

Survey Methodology

The PayScale ROI Report is based upon survey data for bachelor degree graduates without higher degrees who are full-time employees in the United States. Bachelor graduates who go on to earn a master’s degree, MBA, MD, JD, PhD, or other advanced degree are not included. The average sample size for an included school is 392 alumni profiles.

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About PayScale

Launched in 2002 and headquartered in Seattle, PayScale owns the largest database of online employee salary data in the world. Areas of expertise include compensation, business, and statistics.

About California College of the Arts

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts offers 22 undergraduate and 13 graduate programs in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers BFA, BA, MFA, MA, MBA, BArch, MArch, MAAD, and MDes degrees. It has campuses in San Francisco and Oakland and currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students. CCA students are encouraged to work in an interdisciplinary manner, undertaking projects and collaborations with students in other majors and engaging with outside communities.

Noted alumni include the artists Nathan Oliveira, Jules de Balincourt, Robert Arneson, Robert Bechtle, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos; the Oscar-winning filmmaker Audrey Marrs; the illustrator Tomie de Paola; the conceptual artists Harrell Fletcher, David Ireland, and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas, Michael Vanderbyl, and Gary Hutton.