California College of the Arts

Key majors offered
Graphic Design
Industrial Design
Housing Location Type Offers Scholarships Student Population Offers CLA
Available for Undergraduate and Graduate Urban Yes 1971 (Total) Yes
Degrees Offered Public/Private Institution Type Student Body Student Population
Bachelor Private Baccalaureate College Co-educational 733 (International)

Yearly Costs / ELS Level

Living Expenses
Degree Tuition Fees Housing ** Meals OtherExpenses I 20/Visa* (Total Required Funds) ELS
Bachelor $$$$ $ $$$ $ $$ $$$$ 112
 I-20/Visa costs include Tuition, Housing, Meals and all other fees in USD
Housing cost may include meals and other expenses to equal Living Expenses


Located in the dynamic multicultural San Francisco Bay Area known for innovative thinking, California College of the Arts (CCA) is distinguished by the interdisciplinary nature and breadth of its programs in fine art, design, architecture and writing. With an undergraduate population of about 1,900, CCA provides world-class resources and facilities in a small, private college environment. Additional Accreditations: AICAD


Housing is available on CCA's Oakland campus in Clifton Hall, Irwin Hall and the CCA Avenue Apartments. Priority is given to first-year students and all international students who meet the priority deadline. Housing is available in San Francisco in the Panoramic Residences and 75 Arkansas to graduate, continuing, transfer (international and domestic), and first-year students (aged 20+).

Student life

At California College of the Arts, education takes place both in and outside the classroom. CCA offers services to international students through the International Student Affairs Office (ISAP). Special events for all students include art fairs, social events, exhibition receptions, topical forums, workshops, artist residencies, and career services. Many programs are designed to engage the public and the academic community in a dialogue about the nature of arts and culture. Readings, lectures, issue-based symposia, and panel discussions on the arts, architecture, design, writing and humanities are offered throughout the year. San Francisco was ranked No. 17 among "Best Student Cities" according to QS World University Rankings Report. It remains one of the US's most iconic and frequently visited cities. With its famously laidback coastal lifestyle and sunny climate, San Francisco is also among the top-ranked cities in the world for quality of living.