California College of the Arts was founded in 1907, just after San Francisco’s cataclysmic earthquake and fire, in a time of challenges, transition, and opportunity.
Our founders had a remarkable vision: connect artists to social, economic, and political life to deepen the power of creative work and change our world for the better.
After a century of growth, CCA and its founding ideals have never been more relevant. Artists and designers contribute significantly to a culture that increasingly relies on a combination of invention and creative content.
At CCA, we cultivate ingenuity by educating the most promising creative people from across the country and around the world.
Framing the Future for CCA
CCA is on the threshold of an important step forward to strengthen the education we offer all students and to expand our impact.
Over the next five years, we will be working to unify and reshape our two campuses into one vibrant and innovative institution. We will dramatically expand the college’s role as a wellspring of creative talent, producing the trailblazers of tomorrow who can solve the seemingly intractable problems of today’s society.
CCA will set a new standard for art and design education in the 21st century.
We plan to create a campus in the heart of San Francisco’s DoReMi arts district (the overlapping neighborhoods of Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, and the Mission) for makers and thinkers of all kinds -- a campus that is flexible, sustainable, interdisciplinary, and ahead of its time.
Here we will bring together all our programs in art, crafts, design, architecture, and writing to create new adjacencies and interactions while developing yet-to-be-discovered modes of making.