California Institute of the Arts, known as CalArts, and California College of the Arts are both highly rated fine arts colleges in California. U.S. News and World Report also ranks the University of California, Los Angeles, or UCLA, a top college for fine arts in California.
Other highly rated California colleges for arts include UC San Diego and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
CalArts is perhaps the most renowned of California's art colleges. Founded by Walt Disney and his brother Roy, the school boasts such famous alumni as actor Don Cheadle, film director Sofia Coppola and artist Mike Kelley. CalArts offers undergraduate degrees in a number of arts disciplines, including critical studies, animation, film, music and theatre, among many others.
The California College of the Arts, with campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, offers a similar array of arts-related undergraduate programs. While UCLA and UC San Diego are not exclusively arts colleges, they are highly rated for the arts programs they offer. The Art Center College of Design offers degrees in a more limited or focused array of programs, including environmental and graphic design, among others.
Other well-known arts programs that do not appear in the U.S. News and World Report rankings include San Francisco Art Institute, where Ansel Adams founded the first fine arts photography program in 1945 and where alumni such as photographer Annie Leibovitz or performance artist Karen Finley started out.