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The school totally exceeded my expectations.Quite BrightArchitecture
The school totally exceeded my expectations. The overall environment that is created by both students and faculty is remarkable. The work load however is intense but manageable. I would not recommend working while at school. Class sizes are small, leaving mote time to interact with the professor(s). By working in studio everyday (week ends included) students inconjuntion with the instructors help eachover with the workload. Overall I really love the school.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2014
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Social Life: C+
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Great school.Super BrilliantDesign Arts - Industrial Design/Graphic Design/etc
Great school. Illustration departament is like it's own little world with unbelievably amazing faculty that are available anytime and great curriculum. Couldn't wish for more.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2012
Education Quality: A+, Extracurricular Activities: C+
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I went to CCA for one semester, FallSuper BrilliantFine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
I went to CCA for one semester, Fall 2010. The over all curriculum was pretty good. I got three A's and one B that semester. The professors where generally really interesting.

However half the school is in oakland and the other half is in San Francisco. This is fine if your major is located generally in one building or the other. I was a painting major at the school. The program was really spread out. I didn't feel a lot of support for the painters at the school. There was hardly any community for the painting majors. I was often by myself in the painting studios, wondering to myself ... where are the other painters? This is why I decided to leave. I was a transfer student. I decided to use the dorms, to meet people .. etc... All transfer students generally go to the Webster Dorms. Three weeks into living at Webster a shoot out with machine guns happened outside my window. Thats right, MACHINE GUNS. Oakland has the fourth highest crime rate in the US. It's really important to think about that before deciding to go to CCA. Half the campus is in Oakland, ask how many classes exactly would you need to take in oakland? Their campus security reports will tell you only a few thefts happen on campus and that there are no reports of violence on campus ... What they aren't telling you is that people are getting shot and mugged at the safeway right next door to the campus ... the safe way is where a lot of students go for their food. It's really a scary situation .... What I got is that too many students where afraid to say they made a mistake and where afraid to go home because of being locked into student loans. Thats just my honest impression. My advice is not go here and check out other schools that are actually fully in SF.

1st Year Female -- Class 2014
Campus Maintenance: A, Perceived Campus Safety: F
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