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CCA was a horrible mistake.BrightOther
CCA was a horrible mistake. Both in it's conception and in my decision to attend. I was accepted into several better schools but CCA's scholarship was so high I had to take it. Now I know why they had to pay me to be there.

Let's start out by saying the people in my program are a mixed bag. If you're going to find anyone amazing at this school it's in this department. But they're the exception not the rule. Along with that there isn't enough space for people to work, aren't enough program licensees for everyone, and the staff managing the space is overworked and underpaid.

The curriculum is also a huge waste of time. If you ever wanted to learn about vaginal knitting it's your time to shine. But if you were looking for a well rounded generalized education consisting of history, math, and literature look elsewhere. They dedicate a huge section of your education (and cold hard cash) to things not pertaining to your major. It's a huge distraction and 100% not worth the effort.

In terms of accommodations CCA makes me question where they spend my tuition. The dorms are atrocious. They frequently set out rat traps in the hallway. The dorm I'm currently residing in is located in downtown Oakland. It's both dangerous and noisy. I haven't gotten a good night sleep since I moved down here and I've had my car broken into 3 times. There have been multiple robberies just outside of the dorms.

THERE IS NO MEAL PLAN OR NURSE. If you get hurt on campus the best you can expect to find is an empty first aid kit on the wall and a lyft coupon for the ER. While the people who run the cafe there seem nice the food is pretty terrible and overpriced. You ever wonder what a $9 plate of rice and egg taste like? It tastes like getting ripped off.

The administration are the real problem. I don't know who to blame or what their reasoning is. They're bloated, unhelpful, and sometimes make decisions that seem actively malicious.Just recently they've kept class open despite the toxic air levels citing a "policy". Apparently CCA has so course of action for common sense decision making. Overall, I'd say They don't care about students, their health, goals, or general well being. All they care about is keeping that sweet sweet money rolling in. Overall I would rate CCA 0/10 if you want to do art just do art and use the money you'd spend here to hire a tutor and buy supplies. This school is NOT for people with drive.

3rd Year Female -- Class 1920
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Individual Value: F
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CCA does not careQuite BrightOther
CCA does not care about their students health. No health facilities on either campus. We had to attend class with unhealthy air quality, people were sick. All the other schools were closed, but we had to go to class or we could fail!
1st Year Female -- Class 1922
Innovation: B+, Individual Value: F
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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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