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Reviews 332 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I am very happy with my college experience. It is very different from most colleges, but I think that is why it is so great for a lot of students.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Graphic design at CCA is a great community of teachers, students, and alumni. I will be looking for internships for next summer this year, and I am not too worried about finding one.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. Going to and from the dorms to campus has been fine for me because I bike, but I know that many people do not feel comfortable walking especially at night. The dorms are in sketchier areas, so there have been some safety issues there.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing in San Francisco is a struggle. The panoramic is expensive, but the suites are great. It's about an 8 min bike ride away from the SF campus. I don't mind the location at all, I actually like it. I can bike everywhere I need/want to go. You have to apply for housing as soon as it opens because it is competitive. Socially, people are always busy but friendly. I work in the lobby often with other people. The people who work there are fantastic!

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: All of the professors I have had in my major have been amazing. They expect a lot from students, but in a very supportive way. I have no doubt that the connections I have made and all of the skills I have already attained here in my first two years will land me a job. Everyone at the school is so different and creative. We may complain about the lack of computer scanners available or the computers getting jammed at the worst possible moment, but in the end we get to learn from extremely successful, working professionals in the field which is the best.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: We have a great security program, there are always public safety people around and they are able to escort you where you need to go, if necessary. There is a number you can call if you need assistance or feel unsafe, as well. I haven't heard of any assault on our campuses, it's a very peaceful, progressive, and respectful campus.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have seen a lot of really incredible alumni success stories, but you really need to make things happen for yourself, I wish there was more of a community and more clubs for students to connect.

5 College Junior

Athletics: We don't have any athletics because we are an art school and I am totally happy with that.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: In the animation program, it seems a lot of the professors are industry professionals who had nothing else to do. Some are really great, but my favorite teachers have been in other programs, such as illustration and film. The animation students tend to be very introverted and keep to themselves. A lot of people have friends, but a lot of people are kind of loners, especially transfer students such as myself. There are two campuses, one in San Francisco and one in Oakland, each campus has a completely different vibe. The SF campus is much more of a community while the Oakland campus feels like a commuter school. Both campuses, however, have fantastic resources and tools for student use.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: You make what you can with your education.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It also depends on the program that caters towards what you want to learn and how that can benefit you and our career

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: You have to be pro-active in the residence community

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Approach your instructor, they are there to help you

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The education is priceless, the price and resources available to help find additional scholarship and grant aid is a constant struggle.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I think the future prospects from the degree are amazing, they are the light at the end of my financial struggle that keeps me fighting, no matter how many sacrifices I have to make or my zombie life of living in a constant state of pure exhaustion.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Safety has more to do with your own awareness.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: It was not a very personalized process.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: sometimes classes are big sometimes classes are small. it depends

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: sometimes people care about students careers but for the most part unless you ask a teacher about life outside of school, no one will tell you anything/

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: it's expensive as hell for all housing that is basically like living in a jail sell that I have to pay for out of pocket

1 College Junior

Greek Life: we don't have greek life it's art school

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1 College Junior

Athletics: we have no athletics because it's art school.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The community itself is somewhat diverse, and there are lots of interesting people from all around the USA and other countries in the world. However, there are very few local students of color. I am of the 5% of black students at my school, most of which I don't see on a day to day basis. The majority of CCA is white and international students from Asia. I would like to see more students of color and students of different economic backgrounds. I think a lot of the teachers, at least in my major, are really good teachers that actually care about the students and our futures. However, I don't feel like my program, as well as a lot of other fine arts and design programs don't get enough help from the school board. Most of the money our school gets from donations goes to architecture,interactive and industrial design, while the rest gets distributed to all the other majors. It is unfair to all other majors because we do not get the facilities we require to do our work.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No one uses drugs on campus without getting caught and reprimanded.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is not really much of a nightlife in this college, it's not really part of the CCA culture.


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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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