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Website: https://www.cca.edu/

Location: San Francisco, California, USA

Year Founded: 1907

Student Body: 1500 undergraduates

Average Student/Faculty Ratio: 8:1

California College of the Arts is a community of artists who believe creative work can positively and powerfully affect society; in short, students make art that matters. CCA pushes boundaries, too, by creating bold and innovative solutions that bridge design and technology. CCA reaches outside its community to engage in learning practices from around the globe, sharing how it creates. And CCA simultaneously integrates this vast array of cultural practices in its own bold and innovative work. 


  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design
  • National Architectural Accreditation Board
  • Council for Interior Design Accreditation


The San Francisco Bay Area is defined by entrepreneurship, sustainability, and social activism as well as design and technology. Innovation and creativity permeate all aspects of daily life. CCA is located in the hub of the Bay Area’s “innovation corridor,” where Silicon Valley drives the need for design and technology solutions to real-world problems. And our dynamic contemporary art scene inspires us to think differently about the world.


Animation | Architecture | Ceramics | Community Arts | Fashion Design | Film | Furniture | Glass | Graphic Design | Illustration | Individualized Major | Industrial Design | Interaction Design | Interior Design | Jewelry/Metal Arts | Panting/Drawing | Photography | Printmaking | Sculpture | Textiles | Visual Studies | Writing and Literature


  • Robert Epstein is director, writer, and producer of both nonfiction and scripted narrative film. He has won two Academy Awards for the films The Times of Harvey Milk and Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt. He is also the recipient of four national Emmy Awards, three Peabody Awards, multiple GLAAD Media Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Pioneer Award from the International Documentary Association. He is a Professor and Cochair of Film.
  • Linda Fleming is a sculptor whose intricate drawings and large-scale wood and metal works create places composed of air much as material; places of shadows and light where the viewer can sometimes become a participant by entering the sculpture. Her work has been reviewed in numerous periodicals: Art in America, Sculpture magazine, and the New York Times. She is a Professor of Sculpture and Fine Arts.
  • Kim Anno is a painter, photographer, and video artist whose work has been collected by museums nationally and shown internationally. Her work was recently acquired by the Berkeley Art Museum, Crocker Museum, and the Stanford Hospital. She has been a professor at the college since 1996. Her recent interests and expertise has been in the intersection of art and science, particularly in aesthetic issues surrounding climate change and water. 


  • Ako Castuera is an American artist who is best known for being a writer and storyboard artist on the animated television series Adventure Time.
  • Thomas Anthony "Tomie" dePaola is an American writer and illustrator who has created more than 200 children's books, and is known best for picture books such as Strega Nona. He received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his lifetime contribution to American children's literature in 2011.
  • Adrien Segal is an artist and data sculptor. She is recognized as a pioneer in the field of data visualization, and her expertise has been recognized with residencies at technology centers such as Facebook and Autodesk.