School and Ranking Information
The majority of schools in the San Francisco area that offer graphic design degree programs are either private for-profit colleges or 2-year public institutions. Based on program offerings and student services, the following school is considered one of the top schools in the area for graphic design:
- Winner: California College of the Arts is the only 4-year private, not-for-profit school in a roughly 10-mile radius of San Francisco with degrees in this field. This school offers a bachelor's degree in graphic design.
School Info Chart
|Category||California College of the Arts|
|Rankings|| #11 Graduate Fine Arts Schools (2012),
#11 Graphic Design Graduate Programs (2012)**
|Location||San Francisco, CA|
|School Type||4-year, private, not-for-profit|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$40,334*|
|Graphic Design Degrees Offered||Bachelor's|
|Graphic Design Degrees Awarded in 2013||53*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||62%|
|Noteworthy||Graphic design students and alumni have won numerous awards|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **U.S. News and World Report
California College of the Arts
- CCA has 484 faculty members, with the vast majority of them teaching undergraduate courses
- Student-exchange program with over 30 different arts schools in numerous cities
- The school has $20 million in scholarship funds, with the average amount per undergraduate recipient at nearly $18,000
Founded in 1907 by Frederick Meyer, California College of the Arts (CCA) is a 4-year not-for-profit private school. In fall 2014, it enrolled approximately 1,968 students between its San Francisco and Oakland campuses. Programs range from animation to writing. This school has a comparably low student-to-faculty ratio of 8:1.
CCA offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, consisting of a total of 126 credits. The curriculum includes hands-on studio courses, core major requirements and general education coursework. Students can participate in an internship with a design firm. CCA also offers a Master of Fine Arts in Design with courses in graphic design.