Call for applications

Call for applications

California College of the Arts (CCA)

Marlon James, CCA’s fall writer-in-residence, reads in the Writers’ Studio. Photo: Jim Norrena.
November 25, 2015
Call for applications

Priority application deadline: January 10, 2016

California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

California College of the Arts (CCA) seeks applications for the 2016 academic year. With 13 program offerings, CCA provides a highly interdisciplinary community of scholars, artists, designers, and writers who are renowned in their field and offers graduate students a platform to experiment and expand their practices.

CCA offers graduate programs in: 
Architecture (MArch)
Advanced Architectural Design (MAAD, a post-professional degree)
Comics (MFA)
Curatorial Practice (MA)
Design (MFA)
Design Strategy (MBA)
Film (MFA)
Fine Arts (MFA)
Interaction Design (MDes)
Social Practice & Public Forms (MA)
Strategic Foresight (MBA)
Visual and Critical Studies (MA)
Writing (MFA)

CCA’s graduate programs emphasize contemporary practice and theory. With intensive group and individual critiques, students gain significant tools to navigate their respective professional fields. Deep investigations with faculty are a significant component of each discipline. Interdisciplinary study, theoretical rigor, and malleable critical thinking make for life-long professional engagement.

Situated in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the world’s most progressive creative and technological centers, our graduate programs enhance their curricular offerings by engaging with outside cultural institutions, companies, organizations, and communities.

Each graduate program selects outstanding students for the prestigious graduate merit scholarships. These renewable annual scholarships, which range up to 42,000 USD, are open to all prospective graduate students who apply by the January 10 deadline.

Making the cost of graduate study manageable is crucial to CCA’s mission. Financial aid is available to qualified US citizens and permanent residents. Eligible applicants should file, in conjunction with their CCA application, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) starting January 1, 2016. CCA’s federal school code is 001127.

Application requirements differ by program. Find them, along with CCA’s online application, here.

About California College of the Arts
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) offers 22 undergraduate and 13 graduate programs in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers BFA, BA, MFA, MA, MBA, BArch, MArch, MAAD, and MDes degrees.

Noted alumni include the artists Nathan Oliveira, Jules de Balincourt, Robert Arneson, Robert Bechtle, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos; the Oscar-winning filmmaker Audrey Marrs; the illustrator Tomie de Paola; the conceptual artists Harrell Fletcher, David Ireland, and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas, Michael Vanderbyl, and Gary Hutton.

For more information about CCA, visit

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