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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 Freshman

Facilities: CCA staff is generally very nice and helpful, but sometimes they can be a little hard to communicate with.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: this is definitely the place to be if you're an artist and you're committed to working in this field for the rest of your life but you have to have a good amount o money to attend this school.

4 College Junior

Facilities: I don't participate on student life activities. It's a challenge to go to events because they are nested between the hour gap between classes and is sometimes on a different campus; therefore it's not possible to get to an event on a different campus.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Campus events are pretty cool, we get to meet real world artists that come and talk to us as well as social events that the student council sets up every few weeks or so. The student center is basically a small cafe, but so much goes on in there. You see people working on projects on their computers, teachers talking to students, people eating, and sleeping. The great thing is that at the Oakland campus, it's pretty small so you recognize everyone that you see. The library is the epitome of serenity; giant glass windows face that garden-esque walkways, and it even has computer stations where you can work. A lot of animation students go there to work on projects because there are Wacom tablets available there. The facilities emphasize being green especially when it comes to recycling, and the water systems we use to clean out materials. Paint and other toxic chemicals that we use at school have their own separate water system that keeps it from running into public sewers and water systems.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 181st
    Greenest Campuses
  • 671st
    Best Library
  • 1255th
    Best Student Centers
  • 1297th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 1368th
    Best Athletic Facilities

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Maria Vaza-Kaczynski
Pacifica, Calif.
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The facilities at the Oakland and San Francisco campuses are very different from one another. Oakland has a more laid-back and earthy feel to it, with trees and plants all over campus, which is very inspiring to artists. There are many different classrooms and studios to work in, and public transportation and stores are very close by. There are also many buildings that have specialty amenities, such as photo labs and studios and equipment for animation, drawing, painting, sculpting, and 4D, 3D, and 2D work.

The San Francisco campus has a more professional look to it, and the building for students studying architecture, graphic design, fashion, and illustration is very clean and orderly. Each campus has its own library, with books on topics any artist could need or want—the process of obtaining them is easy, and the employees are very knowledgeable. Students on one cmapus can also order books from the other if they do not want to go to the other library. Having the two campuses is nice—they fulfill the needs of everyone’s various art forms and aren’t too far from each other (about 11 miles). Students have enough room and space for their creative processes, yet are still able to work and cooperate with one another. The College also has lots of equipment that students can borrow through a process that is easy and accessible.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
4 acres (Oakland campus)
Student Centers
Irwin Student Center (Oakland campus)
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Meyer Library (Oakland campus)
  • Simpson Library (San Francisco campus)
Popular Places to Chill
  • Any of the benches or tables that are all around the Oakland campus
  • Café on campus
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
The cafés on both campuses serve coffee as well as healthy, vegetarian, and vegan food options.
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but movies are occasionally shown in Nall Hall.
"Green" Initiatives
CCA is all about being green. Students are encouraged to reuse things or find scraps and reusable parts for their projects. Everyone is also encouraged to recycle and do helpful projects for the community. CCA also has regular "green" events. Check out www.cca.edu/about/sustainability for more information.
Chimera Drawing Contest: CCA's mascot is the "chimera," a mythical creature with the head of a lion, body of a goat, and tail of a snake. Each year, a contest is held where students submit their interpretations. The winning drawing will appear on that year's official CCA T-shirts.
Student Organizations Web Site
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Most of the organizations at CCA have been created by students. And, if CCA doesn't currently have a club you're interested in, start one! There is a specific applications process to go through, but basically you need to fill out an application with the contact information for five members, a scheduled meeting time and place, adviser, and three event ideas.

CCA has many organizations for alumni and current students that focus on certain courses or majors, for example, the Ceramics Guild. There are also many contests and programs held each year to show off student work, like the senior literature show and animation show.
Student Activities Offered
  • Dance
  • International student organization
  • Literary magazine
  • Student-run film society
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No
Did You Know?
There are many different activities offered at CCA. They aren't like those found at a "normal" school (ex. large sporting events), but they are all very interesting.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 17 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 19 responses

  • 16% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 32% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 42% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 11% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 14 responses

  • 50% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 50% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 0% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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