California College of the Arts


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Private

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Academic Calendar: Semester

State: California


California College of the Arts(CCA) is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, home to world-class museums, galleries, theaters, film festivals, and performance spaces. Founded in 1907, CCA offers studies in 21 undergraduate and seven graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college has world-class facilities at its two campuses in San Francisco and Oakland. More than 500 highly regarded artists and scholars instruct a population of approximately 1,400 undergraduate and 400 graduate students. The average class size is 18. At CCA, students make art that makes a difference.

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Total Students: 1710
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Faculty: 65

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 26:1
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Contact Information

1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco California 94107


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Main Phone: 800-447-1278

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Admissions Contact:
Jane Brady
Assistant Director for Transfer Admissions, Enrollment Services

Transfer Services Contact:
Phil Lumsden
Assistant Registrar, Student Records
415-703- 9586

International Admissions Contact:
Shiraz Chaven
Assistant Director for International Admissions, Enrollment Services

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Applying to Transfer

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Minimum Grades for Transfer:
A grade of C or better (or pass, in pass/fail courses where a pass is equivalent to a C or better) is required in order to transfer credits from other institutions.

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There is no minimum credits required for transfer; transfer students can transfer at any time. The maximum number of credits that may be transferred is 96 for the BFA and BA degree and 132 for the BArch degree.

Test Scores for Applying:
Not required.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
You must submit two letters of recommendation from current or recent instructors or school counselors. If you do not have access to instructors, you may include letters from employers or personal references.

Essay(s) required:
A one- to two-page essay must accompany your application. Your essay should address the major influences on your decision to pursue art, architecture, design, or writing. It should also address how you see yourself contributing to the CCA community, specif

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A portfolio of creative work is required. For details about the portfolio requirement visit our website at

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CCA's Faculty Honors award is a merit scholarship program for direct college transfers applying for fall admission who have completed their admissions application by February1. We also offer need-based scholarships and federal and state financial aid.

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