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Academic Advising

CCA Undergraduate Advising advocates for student success. We partner with students to develop and achieve their creative, academic, personal, and professional goals as participants in diverse local and global communities. Undergraduate advising at CCA is divided into two stages: First Year Advising for first-time, first-year students, and Program Advising for transfer, second-degree, and continuing students.

Academic Policies (including Grading Information)

Learn about the college's grading and attendance policies; review information regarding academic progress and degree requirements.

Access/Disability Services

The mission of Access/Disability Services is to ensure that all students can access the learning environment at CCA. Access/Disability Services accomplish this by ensuring students with disabilities have equal access to educational opportunities at CCA and by providing all students access to disability support services and viable health insurance coverage to maintain their health.

Annual Fire Safety & Security Report

Important information about college policies, personal safety and crime prevention, and reporting procedures. The annual security report also includes crime statistics as required under the Clery Act for the last three calendar years. The annual fire report contains information about campus fire safety policies and fire statistics at the College.

FERPA (Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level.


Housing & Residential Life Policies

CCA-provided housing carries with it the requirement all students conduct themselves as responsible members of the college residential community as well as the surrounding neighborhood community.

President's Diversity Steering Group

The President’s Diversity Steering Group (PDSG) is composed of key faculty, staff, and students who are advocates for human rights and social justice, and who work together to guide the college's fulfillment of its diversity mission and goals.

President's Sustainability Steering Group

The President's Sustainability Steering Group (PSSG) was established in 2009 to more closely work with the president to identify ways that would showcase the college’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. As part of this commitment, the PSSG ensures the college's leadership role upholds specific values that govern an eco-conscious approach to learning.

Student Health Insurance

CCA student health insurance is through an Aetna PPO plan, giving students access to a network of doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and specialists throughout the Bay Area and nationwide. Enrolled Aetna PPO students are strongly encouraged to sign up for the One Medical Membership to expand their healthcare network.

Student Technology Requirements

Recognizing that digital literacy is essential to art & design education, CCA requires that incoming students own a laptop that meets the minimum system requirements for software used in the First-Year curriculum. This requirement will help ensure that all students have access to the college’s digital resources at home or on campus. As collaboration is a foundation of our curriculum, owning a laptop will promote communication and research, as well as making, in and out of the classroom. If a student knows their intended major, they should check the recommended bundle for their major.


CCA is a two-campus community, and some class choices may require traveling between the two campuses (Oakland and San Francisco). CCA encourages students, staff and faculty to rely on public transportation options for their commuting needs.

Your Right to Know

This page provides an overview of the information California College of the Arts and other US institutions of higher education are required to provide to current and prospective students.