California College of the Arts School of Architecture


Oakland, CA

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Architecture; Master of Architecture


California College of the Arts offers the professional architecture degrees, Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch) and a Master of Architecture (M. Arch) which are fully accredited programs recognized by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The Bachelor of Architecture is a five-year program of study and seeks to prepare its students for the ever-changing field of architecture by using current developments of media, technology, and culture in its curriculum. The high level of architectural instruction has inspired students to frequently enter and place in design competitions. Each student is required to complete an internship before becoming a registered architect. California College of the Arts gives its students the chance to intern at firms abroad and in the US.
The Master of Architecture program is designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree in another area of education or for students who have begun the architectural undergraduate program of study. It is a 3 year curriculum and admission is based mainly upon evaluation of undergraduate transcripts and the prospective student’s portfolio.


Located in California’s leading cities in creative and technological thinking, California College of the Arts offers its students the opportunity to work with organizations and companies that are striving to create change. The architecture program seeks participation from recognized international individuals for its studio instruction and lectures. With 22 undergraduate programs and 11 graduate programs being offered, this college teaches that creativity can help to inspire societal improvement. The Bay Area is known around the world for its leadership in innovation and entrepreneurial thinking, and as such acts as an urban method of study for architecture students. California College of the Arts embraces this concept by helping to bridge design and technology in innovative new ways. Cultural ideals are integrated into the college’s art education, both in curriculum studies and in encouraging students to travel abroad. Creativity and innovation are no longer restricted to a college campus. Students attending California College of the Arts are inspired to push the boundaries, using their artistic education to affect their surrounding environment and produce change.