Location
San Francisco, CA
Undergrads
1,390
Tuition
$39,984
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 289 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid, but i have a scholarship and i appreciate it a lot.

5 College Senior

Academics: We have great professors from famous design firms. We also work with real clients sometimes. I really like the industrial design program here.

4 College Senior

Academics: There's also a big variety. But they all somehow contribute to the study of art and design.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Even though this is not the normal University life I expected, it is a great school for arts and designs.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I believe our school has a pretty good reputation in the bay area. And the opportunities in the bay area are abundant.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: it's pretty strict both in the school and dorm. we don't have a large number of people so the officers can do their jobs pretty well.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: We have two campus sites. One in SF and the other one is in Oakland. I rated the above based on the conditions near SF campus.

4 College Senior

Majors: We have very good design and art programs. Very competitive too!

5 College Senior

Majors: I enjoy it a lot. It's not a big community but we can learn a lot from various sources.

2 College Senior

Athletics: Art students don't pay a lot of attention on sports. But we do have free yoga sessions...

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I lived in Clifton Hall for one year. It was okay.. There are goods and bads. Overall, it was okay.

2 College Senior

Campus Dining: We just have a cafe at school. So it's really limited. Even though there are some restaurants around, it's not convenient. And the options are limited too.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I've never heard of any sexual assault in our school. Seriously, in the past three years. NONE!

5 College Senior

Diversity: We seriously have a very big diversity. People don't judge. LGBT is super accepted.

3 College Senior

Facilities: Our school is pretty small, but it basically has everything we need as an art or design student. However, the dining options are very limited.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There are many different kinds of people here. As art and design students, many of them are artsy and creative. The school is very open, we have gays, lesbians, transgender people... people wear what they wanna wear! It's really cool.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Our school is an art college. We don't have fraternity or sorority. We don't have Greek Life either. Even though it seems cool, I prefer not having it in our school.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: With all the security officers, its hard to feel unsafe. You are never alone, even in the middle of the night.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Honestly, its hard to complain. The winters aren't too cold, the summers aren't too hot. Its cool at night, often sunny during the day. Its great really.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Nearly everyone gets some form of financial aid, and their financial aid staff are all friendly and helpful.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Honestly, most students spend every moment at school, working on their projects. But with this work hard attitude, the play hard parties are often big block parties that encompass several houses, or take place in an old warehouse with loads of christmas lights. Its not exactly easy to define, but if you look for it, it can be pretty fun.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Its not really visible much on campus, they monitor that sort of thing pretty intently. Outside of school though, things may be different.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Its really not super strict in many regards, but in terms of safety, in all its forms, they are very strict. Attendance is strictly monitored, and if one misses too many classes, it can turn into a failing grade. Which makes sense, really.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Its tricky in the beginning to find a place in a safe neighborhood before you know what they are and the areas which are safer, but once you get the lay of the land, craigslist is king. If you choose to live in the city, it might be best to stick to public transit, as garages are few and far between, and parking is rather difficult to find in many areas. But the east bay isn't bad, and its often more common for a bunch of students to share a big house instead of individual apartments.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Lots of opportunities for internships, professional feedback, highly trained professors, any kind of machinery or facility you can think of! Any medium, any material, they have it. Its awesome.

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Maria Vaza-Kaczynski
Hometown
Pacifica, Calif.
Major
Animation
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The education you get from CCA is far different than any other art college in California because you will not only learn skills for your major, but outside of your art form, as well. The College strongly encourages its students to take an elective class every semester or so in order to explore and try out things they might never have thought of doing, such as 3-D work, computer animation, drawing, fashion, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, textiles, and more. This is important because art is always changing, and the development of an artist is a constant process that will change many times in a lifetime. So, even if you think you know exactly what you want to do now, you may discover a new passion at CCA and pursue that, as well.

Not only does the school provide a lot of diversity and opportunities to try out lots of things, almost every teacher at CCA is a working artist, as well. Therefore, the teachers here do not just teach from a book—they have real-world experience and have been in the very same position as the students. The professors are all very understanding if you experience any issues that interfere with school, such as health or family problems, and they will do their best to help you if you are having problems with assignments. And, finally, another plus is that the California College of the Arts believes in giving many deserving students grants and scholarships to help them attend this school.

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