California College of the Arts

The California College of the Arts opened in 1907 and offered interdisciplinary studies to students in the Oakland area. Today, it offers programs in 20 disciplines and seven graduate majors. Programs include writing, design, fine arts, and architecture. There is a campus and Oakland and one in San Francisco. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the National Architectural Accrediting Board, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. The college offers both an academic and cultural experience and prepares graduates for a life of creative work and service to their community. The school has taken on the responsibility of providing access and opportunities for students of all backgrounds, and they pay special attention to supporting groups who are often not found in academic environment. The curriculum at the school reflects the diversity of its students and courses in Diversity Studies are required of all students. Current student organizations include the Alliance of Multiculturalism in Architecture, a Basketball Club, the American Institute of Architecture Students, the Ceramics Guild, the Rho Chi Fraternity, the Future Action Reclamation Mob, the Glass League, the International Interior Design Association, the Students of Color Coalition, and more. Students are invited to begin new student groups and can find an application to organize a group on the school's website.

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