California College of the Arts
Division of Architecture
CCA's architecture programs prepare students for positions of leadership in the design professions. Academic programs and professional preparation are offered within a context of rigorous scholarship and creative endeavor, bringing innovative developments in culture, media, and technology to bear on the process of architectural production, and allowing students to capitalize on new opportunities in a rapidly changing profession. CCA's architecture programs currently enroll 260+ students, and its faculty is composed of leading researchers and design professionals.
Founded in 1907, the California College of the Arts prepares students to shape culture and contribute to their communities through their work as architects, artists, and designers. As the role of creativity throughout our society and economy is, CCA's mission has never been more relevant. Artists, architects and designers have become leaders in a culture that relies on a combined expansion of technological innovation and creative content. CCA offers undergraduate programs in animation, architecture, ceramics, fashion design, film and media arts, furniture design, glass, graphic design, illustration, industrial design, interior design, jewelry/metal arts, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and textiles. Graduate programs include architecture, design, design strategy, fine arts, visual criticism, and writing. With campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, the College has a student population of 2000+ made up of undergraduate and graduate students in the many different programs.
CCA's architecture programs integrate critical, artistic, and material approaches to the study and practice of architecture. Using both advanced digital investigation and conventional artistic modes of expression, students learn to meld abstract ideas with material reality. The College's location also informs the educational experience. The San Francisco Bay Area is a polycentric urban laboratory, inspiring new ways to configure architectural form and space. Throughout their studies, CCA students are encouraged to collaborate within and across disciplines; this integrated approach provides a fertile ground for their emerging design sensibilities. CCA architecture students develop into leaders in the field by addressing contemporary design challenges through their creative investigations.
Undergraduate and Graduate Professional Degree Programs: The architecture program offers an undergraduate five-year course of study leading to a first professional degree of Bachelor of Architecture, and a graduate three-year course of study leading to the professional degree of Master of Architecture. Students with undergraduate degrees in architectural studies (Bachelor of Architectural Science or equivalent) are eligible to apply for advanced standing upon enrollment into the M.Arch. program. Both the B.Arch. and M.Arch. degree programs are NAAB accredited. At CCA, students study architecture in a rigorous, creative, and supportive environment. The faculty includes highly accomplished designers, historians, and theorists who bring a diversity of thought and approaches to teaching. In the undergraduate program, architecture students begin their studies with students from other disciplines in a common first-year core experience. This program of interdisciplinary courses is designed to introduce students to formal and conceptual issues applicable to a wide range of practices in art and design. A comprehensive course of study in the humanities and sciences is also required. Central to the architecture curriculum is the design studio. Studio projects begin as controlled, focused exercises that grow in complexity and freedom of interpretation as the student progresses. All graduate students and a select number of undergraduate students also complete a thesis project for their final studio. Classes in history, theory, technology, urbanism and visual and digital media are designed to reinforce the studio experience and enhance the students' intellectual, professional, and ethical development. Students also participate in an internship program that connects them directly to the profession and to the needs of the community. Expanded opportunities for travel and advanced research supplement the core professional program.
- Building Technologies
- Community Design
- Digital Design
- Digital Fabrication
- History, Theory, Criticism
- Industry Collaborations