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Reviews 323 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

1 College Freshman

Party Scene: No parties happen because there are no spaces for students to organize them in.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: As an art college, it brings together students of a vast variety of cultural and ethnical backgrounds, which is great because I've met so many people from so many different places, which has broadened my mind.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The first year program has a variety of classes students can take to decide on their majors, including teaching them skills in drawing, model making and CAD. The two main highlights I've had of the first year program was acquiring new skills in drawing and video editing, which are two areas am now interested in exploring further.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Although I do feel a little intimidated while moving around campus late at night, when I have to work late hours in the studios, I feel like there are adequate safety measures in place, like the Public Safety department, that are at my disposal in case of an unwanted incident on campus.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The work and projects are demanding, but most of the professors are very helpful and help you improve and grow as a student if you have a good attitude. Sometimes the courseload can become stressful towards finals week, but the output of creative work is definitely worth it.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are lots of career opportunities for Interaction Designers, especially in San Francisco. In fact, as a part of our degree we are required to take an internship in the 3rd year, which will give students practical experience, and the projects help students build a portfolio. Adding on the open ended nature of Interaction Design, I would say my career prospects look pretty good at this point.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I have a relatively big room which I share with 1 roommate, so it isn't that bad. Others in my campus dorm (Clifton) have smaller rooms, with exception to rooms with 3 or 4 people. There is a kitchen / lounge room with a TV on every floor, which is often used as a social or working space. My room did get quite hot during September so we had to buy a fan.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is an architectural fraternity that one can join on campus, but no fraternities in the typical "greek life" sense.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: There's no athletics in this college, as it is mainly an art focused college that doesn't have a lot of athletics-oriented students.


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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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