California College of the Arts

California College of the Arts is an elite fine arts and design school with campuses in San Francisco and Oakland. It offers degree programs in photography, fashion design, creative writing, architecture, interior design, graphic design, film, illustration, animation, and other disciplines.

This school has a rolling admissions policy, (a policy where applications are reviewed year-round), but prospective students should apply early.

Since the California College of the Arts is one of the nation’s best art and design schools, tuition rates are high. However, numerous financial aid options are available to qualifying students. Many students qualify for school scholarships, in addition to federal loans and Pell grants and other forms of aid.

General Information

Admission Office
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107-2247
(415) 703-9523
(800) 447-1278
Fax: (415) 703-9539
enroll@cca.edu
Contact: Robynne Royster
Director of Undergraduate Admission
Main Address
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107-2247
(415) 703-9500
www.cca.edu
Size
Total undergrads: 1,355
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 248
Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,336
Graduate enrollment: 357

Setting
Urban setting
Very large city (over 500,000)
Residential campus
Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s
Master’s

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $50
Online application fee: $50
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 77%
Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 78%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $29,570 $31,382 $33,254 $35,222 +5.92%
Books and Supplies $1,490 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $9,250 $9,450 $9,650 $9,850 +2.07%
Other $3,300 $3,450 $3,450 $3,450 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $9,350 $9,350 $9,450 $9,450 0.00%
Other $4,010 $4,160 $4,160 $4,160 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $43,610 $45,782 $47,854 $50,022 +4.53%
In-state Off Campus $44,420 $46,392 $48,364 $50,332 +4.07%
In-state with Family $31,060 $32,882 $34,754 $36,722 +5.66%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $36,360
In-state Student Fees $350
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $36,360
Out-of-state Fees $350

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 220 89%
Grant or scholarship aid 215 87% $3,180,423 $14,793
• Federal grants 64 26% $312,516 $4,883
• Pell grants 62 25% $228,231 $3,681
• Other federal grants 46 19% $84,285 $1,832
State/local government grant or scholarships 24 10% $140,163 $5,840
Institutional grants or scholarships 215 87% $2,727,744 $12,687
Student loan aid 142 57% $916,427 $6,454
• Federal student loans 141 57% $729,334 $5,173
• Other student loans 12 5% $187,093 $15,591

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 255 181
Architecture and Related Services 22 28
Architecture 22 28
Communication and Journalism Programs 4 6
Digital Communication and Media/multimedia 4 6
Communications Technologies/technicians and Support Services 4
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 4
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 9 28
Creative Writing 9 28
Precision Production Trades 3 1
Furniture Design and Manufacturing 3 1
Visual and Performing Arts 213 118
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 13
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics 5 4
Crafts/craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry 6
Design and Visual Communications 22
Fashion/apparel Design 20
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts 5 2
Fine and Studio Arts Management 25
Fine/studio Arts 4 8
Graphic Design 29
Illustration 28
Industrial and Product Design 11
Interior Design 15
Intermedia/multimedia 14
Metal and Jewelry Arts 9
Painting 28 25
Photography 19 5
Printmaking 13 5
Sculpture 7 9
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs
Architecture B
Interior Architecture B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Ceramics B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Crafts/Folk Art/Artisanry B
Drawing B
Fashion Design B
Fiber/Textile/Weaving Arts B
Film Production/Cinematography B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Illustration B
Industrial Design B
Interior Design B
Metal/Jewelry Arts B
Painting B
Photography B
Printmaking B
Sculpture B

English Language & Literature
Creative Writing B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma
*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.
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