California College of the Arts

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California College of the Arts
Cca logo.svg
Type Private
Established 1907
President Stephen Beal
Academic staff
Students 1,950
Location San Francisco, California and Oakland, California, USA
Campus 4 acres (1.6 ha)

California College of the Arts (CCA) is an art, design, architecture, and writing school founded in 1907. It has campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, and it enrolls approximately 1,500 undergraduates[1] and 500 graduate students.


BusinessWeek magazine in 2009 called CCA one of the world’s best design schools.[2]

CCA ranks fourth among San Francisco Bay Area colleges and universities for highest-paying degrees (Stanford, Santa Clara University, and UC Berkeley, in that order, are the top three).

U.S. News & World Report ranks CCA as one of the top graduate master of fine arts programs for Ceramics, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Painting/Drawing, Photography, and Sculpture.[3]


CCA was founded in 1907 by Frederick Meyer in Berkeley as the School of the California Guild of Arts and Crafts during the height of the Arts and Crafts movement. The Arts and Crafts movement originated in Europe during the late 19th century as a response to the industrial aesthetics of the machine age. Followers of the movement advocated an integrated approach to art, design, and craft. Today, Frederick Meyer’s "practical art school" is an internationally known and respected institution, drawing students from around the world.[4]

In 1908 the school was renamed California School of Arts and Crafts, and in 1936 it became the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC).

The college’s Oakland campus location was acquired in 1922, when Meyer bought the four-acre James Treadwell estate at Broadway and College Avenue. Two of its buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. The Oakland campus still houses the more traditional, craft based studios like the art glass, jewelry metal arts, printmaking, painting, sculpture and ceramic programs.

In 2003 the college changed its name to California College of the Arts.

Programs and educational initiatives[edit]

CCA offers 22 undergraduate and 13 graduate majors.[5] CCA confers the bachelor of fine arts (BFA), bachelor of arts (BA), bachelor of architecture (BArch), master of fine arts (MFA), master of arts (MA), master of architecture (MArch), master of advanced architectural design (MAAD), masters of design (MDes)[5] and master of business administration (MBA) degrees.

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, located near the San Francisco campus in a new facility on Kansas St., is a forum for contemporary culture. In 2013 the Wattis Institute recruited a new director, Anthony Huberman, formerly of Artist's Space in New York.[6]


Alumni Robert Arneson and Peter Voulkos and faculty member Viola Frey helped establish the medium of ceramics as a fine art and were closely linked to the emergence of the 1960s ceramics movement. The photorealist movement of the 1970s is represented by current faculty member Jack Mendenhall and alumni Robert Bechtle and Richard McLean. Alumni Nathan Oliveira[7] and Manuel Neri were leaders in the Bay Area Figurative Movement. Marvin Lipofsky founded CCA's Glass Program in 1967 and was important in the Studio Glass movement. Two school faculty established California Faience.[citation needed]

Noted alumni include the artists (listed in alphabetical order, by last name);









Mixed media[edit]





Listed noted faculty both past and present, in alphabetical order by last name.




Painting and Fine Arts[edit]


Sculpture and Glass[edit]




CCA is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).


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  2. ^ "BusinessWeek: Best Design Schools in the World". Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  3. ^ "Best Fine Arts Programs - Top Fine Art Schools". US News and World Report. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  4. ^ Edwards, Robert W. (2012). Jennie V. Cannon: The Untold History of the Carmel and Berkeley Art Colonies, Vol. 1. Oakland, Calif.: East Bay Heritage Project. pp. 79–86, 102, 688. ISBN 9781467545679.  An online facsimile of the entire text of Vol. 1 is posted on the Traditional Fine Arts Organization website (
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  10. ^ "Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie". Purdue. Retrieved 2016-04-30. 
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  13. ^ "Interview with "Joy Luck Club" director, Wayne Wang". ABC7 New York. Retrieved 2016-04-30. 
  14. ^ "Val Britton Biography". Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  15. ^ James Harris Gallery
  16. ^ "Jules de Balincourt". Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  17. ^ "CV". Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  18. ^ "CCA Glance Magazine". Issuu. 2015-09-01. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  19. ^ "Redefining "Blackness": An interview with Toyin Odutola". Africa is a Country. 2012-12-18. 
  20. ^ "CCA MFA Show Tonight". Fecal Face Dot Com. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  21. ^ "Hank Willis Thomas". Hutchins Center. The President and Fellows of Harvard College. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  22. ^ "Hank Willis Thomas". Beth Schiffer Creative Darkroom. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  23. ^ "Margo Humphrey". University of Maryland Department of Art. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  24. ^ "Roland Petersen Biography". Retrieved 2016-04-30. 
  25. ^ "dePaola, Tomie bio". Educational Book and Media Association (EBMA). Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  26. ^ "Bookshelf". Glance. California College of the Arts. 2009-09-01. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  27. ^ "Harrell Fletcher". Video Data Bank. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  28. ^ "David Ireland". Abby Wasserman. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  29. ^ a b "Michael Vanderbyl". Bolier. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  30. ^ "Yves Behar Talks to Us About Sustainable Product Design". 2014-03-27. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  31. ^ "2013 AIGA Medalist: Lucille Tenazas". AIGA. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  32. ^ "Glance Magazine". Issuu. California College of the Arts. 2012-09-01. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  33. ^ "Faculty-Alumnus David Huffman's "Out of Bounds" at SFAC Gallery a "SHIFT" Toward Dialogue About Race in America". California College of the Arts. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  34. ^ "Five Views: An Ethnic Historic Site Survey for California (Mexican Americans)". National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-04-30. 
  35. ^ "Interview with Tammy Rae Carland". Art Practical. 2010-10-26. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 

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Coordinates: 37°50′09″N 122°15′01″W / 37.83593°N 122.25030°W / 37.83593; -122.25030