California College of the Arts was founded in 1907, and currently has two locations The College has a campus in San Francisco which primarily deals with graduate studies, and an undergraduate campus in Oakland, a nearby metropolitan area. Both cities are in the East Bay Area of California and can be considered artistic hubs of the West Coast, with many multi-cultural museums, galleries, and shows for artists.
San Francisco, which is just a short BART ride away from Oakland, is the fourth largest city in California, and the twelfth largest city in the nation. Some of its acclaimed performing arts centers include: the War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, the War Memorial Opera House, the San Francisco Ballet, the Davies Symphony Hall, and Herbst Theatre,the Fillmore Theatre, the American Conservatory Theatre, and many more. Famous museums include The Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the Palace of the Legion of Honor, the Asian Art Museum, and the California Academy of Sciences. San Francisco is generally known as a very liberal town, attracting residents from a diverse, international population. The music scene, nightlife and restaurants are amongst the countries finest according to many residents and millions of visitors.
The school offers over twenty undergraduate areas of study, and seven graduate concentrations, with a focus on Fine Arts, Design, Writing and Architecture. California College of the Arts is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the National Association of the Schools of Art and Design, the Council for Interior Design, and the National Architectural Accrediting Board. The combined student body for both campuses is approximately 1,740. Some notable graduates from the College are filmmaker Wayne Wang, artist Dennis Oppenheim, and designer Lucille Tenazas.
Undergraduates pursuing degrees as California College for the Arts can study in the following areas: Animation, Architecture, Ceramics, Community Arts, Fashion Design, Film Furniture, Glass, Graphic Design, Illustration, Individualized Major, Industrial Design, Interaction Design, Interior Design, Jewelry, Metal Arts, Painting, Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles, Visual Studies, and Writing and Literature. Those pursuing graduate studies can focus on Architecture, Curatorial Practice, Design, Fine Arts, MBA in Design Strategy, Visual and Critical Studies, and Writing. Other programs and initiatives for students include Critical Studies, the EcoTAP Courses, ENGAGE at CCA, Diversity Studies, the First Year Program, Leading by Design Fellows, and the Teaching Concentration. The College offers many special study options, which do not include distance learning, and are as follows: Cross-Registration, Double Major options, English as a Second Language, Independent Study, Internships, Student-Designed Major, Study Abroad, and a Visiting-Exchange Student Program. The College has almost three-hundred work stations, which are available inside of the dormatories, the libraries, and the computer and student centers so students have many areas to work and complete class assignments in.
The cost of attending California College of the Arts is just under $30,000 per year, with the additional expense of living in the Bay Area. However, approximately 81% of attendees receive some type of financial aid, scholarship, or grant money from the Federal Government or the State of California.