University description (as per official university website)
History of California College of the Arts
California College of the Arts was founded in 1907 by Frederick Meyer to provide an education for artists and designers that would integrate both theory and practice in the arts. Meyer’s vision continues to the present day.
President Stephen Beal says, “CCA’s history is tied to the Arts and Crafts movement, a time when artists and designers were producing work that would address the social issues of the time and have a positive impact on the world. This spirit is still very much a part of the college today.”
Frederick Meyer and the Arts and Crafts Movement
The Arts and Crafts movement originated in Europe during the late 19th century in response to the industrial aesthetics of the machine age. Frederick Meyer was a cabinetmaker in his native Germany, and he was already involved in the movement when he came to live in the Bay Area in 1902. He established a cabinet shop and taught at the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art.
The 1906 earthquake and fire destroyed both his shop and the institute. At a meeting of the Arts and Crafts Society shortly after the disaster, he articulated his dream of a school that would fuse the practical and ideal goals of the artist.
CCA's Arts-Education Partnership
At California College of the Arts, we partner with you and your family to ensure you achieve your goals. Our financial aid program is designed to help make CCA more affordable so all students reach their creative potential.
In 2009–10 the college expects to award more than $13 million in college-funded scholarships and over $34 million in combined scholarships, grants, loans, and employment. Over 75 percent of CCA's students will receive college-funded merit and need-based scholarships.
Commitment to Students
CCA pledges to maintain a consistent level of scholarship funding each year. You can expect to receive an equivalent offer of total-gift assistance for each year you are enrolled full time and remain in good academic standing. (Note: this pledge is contingent on your family's financial situation remaining relatively unchanged while enrolled at CCA.) The college is committed to ensuring all students earn their degrees.
We expect all eligible financial aid recipients to continue to apply for any state or federal awards, which ensures the college maximizes its resources and continues to meet its commitment to as many students as possible.
New for 2010–11: CCA to Participate in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program
To streamline the educational loan process and improve student service, CCA is moving from the Federal Stafford Loan program to the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan program effective summer 2010.
Students will continue to have access to federal educational loans: direct subsidized, unsubsidized, PLUS, and graduate PLUS.
The Financial Aid Office will provide CCA students and families additional information and instructions pertaining to the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan process in spring 2010.