California College of the Arts Reviews

3.88 out of 5 stars
(3 Reviews)
  • Oakland (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $49,138
100% of 3 students said this degree improved their career prospects
100% of 3 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

2.5 out of 5 stars
DONT GO HERE - 5/13/2019
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2022
"Now that Ive left this school, I have plenty of time and energy to write this review. So far, many reviews on this site have already addressed the main issues the school has yet to fixed, such as the lack of real diversity of students and professors, unqualified faculty members, poor communication between departments, and no meal plan and healthcare. However, there are more problems that need to be in the limelight. (By the way, I am reviewing CCA from my foundation year from Fall 2018 to Spring 2019.) This school prioritizes the incoming first-year students over their current students. For instance, Fall 2019's housing registration was a fiasco that jeopardize the livelihoods of many continuing students, including me. They need to stop accepting more students when they cannot even provide for the students they have now. Because CCA decided to admit a larger mass amount of first-year students for Fall 2019, the Housing & Residential Life Office thought altering the initial housing options given to continuing students (despite after guaranteeing AND finalizing our room selections) was the best solution to compensate for accepting too many students (refer to linked images) AND additionally, the fact that CCA is promptly closing some of their dorm buildings despite their campus expansion being delayed. I am willing to bet that CCA knew we all were doomed from the beginning, but did not bother to disclose this knowledge until after we paid an non-refundable $100 housing application; Might as well rebrand their institution as California Con Artists because their devious doings are just as newsworthy as Academy of Art Universitys pyramid scheme. Overall, this is a warning for future freshman, as CCA is deliberately pandering towards the first-year body to take their initial money and then throwing them in the pit once they're done with them. Notice their website; even though its been updated recently, the FAQs page only answers questions generally proposed by incoming students, not those like myself. They are giving you false hope about the schools potential, in the corporates genuine hope in thinning your wallets. If you think only a small percentage of students like me are victims of CCAs financial whereabouts, note that the faculty members have been unionizing due to the campus expansion delay. https://www.kqed.org/arts/13855321/california-college-of-the-arts-campus-consolidation-spurs-union-effort Course registration is just as corrupted as housing is. Our school takes no interest or effort in making a more secure and structured priority system based on income and major; Essentially, its a first come, first serve race to anyone enrolling in one out of two of the SAME mandatory courses which, in total, can hold 40 students as the maximum occupancy. That is completely ridiculous, considering that CCA has admitted too many students in their cramped campus. This ultimately pushes everyone to enroll for summer school, which is quite expensive and Im positive that was the schools goal from the start: taking our money. Im a low income student who is heavily relying on financial aid to cover only 4 years of my attendance. But if Im not guaranteed my required courses, I might as well transfer to another school (which is exactly what Im doing). But in retrospect, I am relieved I left this school. This place has received false praise from those who merely heard of their spectacular reputation, but I dont think they know the truth. Its a fraud, coming from a once hopeful first-year student."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Anesta Iwan - 3/15/2017
Degree: Architecture
Graduation Year: 2013
"Graduate Programs Foundation Scholarship California College of the Arts offers a range of different artistic fields that serve as the backbone to all of its program. Beginning with the first year, all undergraduates are required to take core curriculum in (1) Drawing, (2) 2-D/ composition, (3) 3-D/ sculpture, and (4) 4-D/ film and web design. Second through fifth year (architecture) consist of core architectural studios as well as advanced studios (with different focus topics, such as tower, robotics, material). The advanced studios are intermixed between undergraduate and graduate students to allow more cross-pollination between the groups. The school is relatively small which was a nice contrast from my high school (hence why I had chosen to attend CCA), which allows each student to get to know a large number of the professors quite well. Upon graduating, the connections through the faculty (most of whom are also practicing professionals in their fields) helped opened doors for both employment and further academic studies."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Kate - 8/10/2015
Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2012
"I've had two jobs since graduating from college, both of which I obtained from connections made while in school. The experience I gained while in college was invaluable, not only for my career but for my personal growth. Go to school kids."
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