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Monday 4.12.2021

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California College of the Arts

California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Official telephone: (415) 703-9500
Toll-free telephone: (800) 447-1ART
Fax number: (415) 703-9539
Screen last updated on: December 2019
Semester/term begin dates: in early September and mid-January.
Calendar system: semester system (two terms comprise academic year)
Month(s) in which new student orientation is held: Orientation for new students held in August and January.
Number and length of summer sessions: Summer sessions of varying lengths.

Majors with the highest enrollment: animation, illustration, industrial design
Majors with the lowest enrollment: glass/textiles, visual studies, community arts
Average freshman GPA: 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
Percent of full-time freshman students who returned for sophomore year: 84%
Student:Faculty ratio: 8:1
Total faculty: 267 men, 231 women
Full-time faculty: 51 men, 51 women
Part-time faculty: 216 men, 180 women
Graduation rate: 66% within six years

California College of the Arts
General education/core curriculum is required: yes
Minor requirements: not required for graduation
Physical education is required: no
There are religious requirements for graduation: no

Undergraduate studies homepage:
Graduate studies homepage:
Special programs offered:
student-designed majors, double majors, dual degrees, independent study, pass/fail grading option, internships, distance learning
Minors and other miscellaneous programs offered:
Minors offered in community arts/social action/public forums, computational practices, visual studies, and writing/literature.
Education certifications are offered: no
Cooperative programs are offered: no
Graduate schools/programs are offered: yes
Qualified undergraduates may take graduate-level classes: yes
Study abroad opportunities:
Study abroad in Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Other special or unique academic programs:
Engage at CCA.
Army ROTC: not offered
Navy ROTC: not offered
Air Force ROTC: not offered

Bachelor's Degrees

  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Community Arts
  • Drawing/Painting
  • Fashion Design
  • Film
  • Glass
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Individualized Major
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Metals/Jewelry
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Textiles/Fibers
  • Visual Studies
  • Wood/Furniture
  • Writing/Literature

Credit placement options:
  • credit for CEEB Advanced Placement (scores of 3 or higher)
  • neither credit nor placement for CLEP general
  • neither credit nor placement for CLEP subject
  • neither credit nor placement for Regents College Exams (RCE)
  • neither credit nor placement for ACT PEP
  • neither credit nor placement for DANTES
  • placement for school's own challenge exams
  • neither credit nor placement for relevant military experience
  • neither credit nor placement for relevant life experience
  • credit and/or placement for international baccalaureate
Other credit/placement programs:
Placement may be granted for SAT critical reading or writing scores of 620 or higher.

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