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general info


Studio Courses


special acti v ities


H ousing


International Students


I nsurance and C osts


S cholarships


A pplying


Important Dates and D eadlinEs


frequently asked q uestions






of a creative community, meeting and working with other talented, serious students from diverse backgrounds. While taking classes on CCA’s historic Oakland campus, you can explore the Bay Area’s rich culture and geography. Pre-College provides a perfect platform to expand your knowledge, grow as an individual, develop strong portfolio pieces, and get a taste of college life. The San Francisco Bay Area’s thriving urban centers and wild open spaces have long attracted creative individuals. There is an abundance of culture and history here: the commercial creative endeavors of Pixar and Lucasfilm; the legacy of the 1950s Beat poetry scene; world-renowned museums such as the de Young and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and recent architectural projects by Renzo Piano, Daniel Libeskind, and Herzog & de Meuron. As a Pre-College student you will find much to inspire you in this unique environment.








ABOU T P R E -C O LL EGE Eligibility The program is designed for students who will have completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school by summer 2012. (CCA also offers a three-week Summer Atelier for students who have just completed their freshman year of high school, and the Young Artist Studio Program for students who have just completed the sixth, seventh, or eighth grade. For more information please call 510.594.3710.)

P rogram Dates Four weeks : J une 25 –J uly 20

Pre-College is an all-day program. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., on CCA’s Oakland campus. There is a onehour lunch break at noon. Optional evening activities include art and design workshops, life-drawing sessions, and social events.


Students must attend the entire four weeks of the program. The last day, Friday, July 20, consists of final critiques and concludes with a major exhibition and reception from 3:30–5 p.m. in which student work is exhibited throughout campus and in all college galleries. All Pre-College students are required to attend until 5 p.m. on this final day. Pre-College is an immersion experience. In addition to scheduled class time, students will be developing and completing assignments outside of class. Some after-class studio time will be required. Students should not make outside commitments or summer plans that interfere with their ability to focus on the program.

C ollege Credit Students earn 3 units of college credit upon successful completion of the program. An official report documenting your letter grade(s) and credits earned will be mailed to you at the end of August. Absences will affect your grade; three absences result in automatic failure.

P lacement We make every effort to place applicants in the studio of their first or second choice. However, due to the popularity of certain studios, some students may be assigned to their third selection. Receipt of your application by the priority deadline does not guarantee placement in your first (or second) choice.

Faculty The Pre-College faculty members are dedicated and highly accomplished artists, architects, designers, and writers who are interested in sharing their professional insights and experiences. The majority of them also teach in CCA’s four-year degree programs.

Accreditation CCA is a private, nonprofit college, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

Students with D isabilities For information about CCA’s support services, please call 510.594.3638.



DIO RSE S Pre- College studio courses are designed to challenge students at all levels of artistic experience . Participants may choose to try something new or explore in greater depth a discipline in which they are already interested. In addition to studio work, courses include slide presentations, group discussions, and an art history component. Critiques help students develop an understanding of their work in the context of their classmates’ responses and project objectives. Some studio courses last all day, and others are paired with a complementary discipline. Class size ranges from 12 to 18 students, depending on the discipline.

Animation Students learn essential techniques of character animation, experimental motion, and cinema through individual projects and group exercises. They gain technical skills in squash and stretch distortion, timing, exaggeration, and storytelling. Projects include multiple drawings, flipbooks, acting sketches, storyboards, and QuickTime movies. The class also spends time evaluating great animated sequences. Instruction is split between the studio (working by hand with drawing tools, clay, and sand) and the computer lab (with pencil test software, Adobe After Effects, and Adobe Photoshop). Digital still and video cameras may be used. At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to animate characters successfully using dynamic design, smooth motion, and acting. Guest animators from Pixar, just three miles from campus, visit the class. One student per computer. Animation is an all-day studio.


Architecture Introducing ways of architectural seeing, thinking, and making, this course explores architecture as a two- and three-dimensional spatial discipline through sketching, drafting, model building, and digital representation. Projects include analytical and sculptural explorations focused at the scale of the body, the room, and the city, culminating in the design of a building in an urban site. Daily lecture and discussion sessions examine the history and theory behind current and traditional ideas of architectural space. Students learn how architects bring form and material to abstract concepts, generate architectural rhythms, and capture space and light through form. The class makes a field trip to San Francisco—a city of world-renowned architecture and cutting-edge design—to visit architectural firms and directly experience important building projects. Architecture is an all-day studio.

Drawing Drawing is the most direct, basic means of artistic expression. In this studio students learn new concepts and techniques for drawing and are challenged to look at and respond to stimuli in new ways. They work on gesture, proportional accuracy, perspective, contour, and position in space as they draw from the figure (five class sessions are devoted to working from a nude model) and natural and human-made objects. The emphasis is on developing hand-eye coordination. The course explores issues of line, shape, texture, pattern, composition, value, realism, abstraction, content, context, point of view, and the frame. Media include charcoal, graphite, ContĂŠ crayon, sumi brush, ink wash, and oil stick. Drawing may be paired with Illustration (page 10), Painting (page 12), or Screenprinting (page 15).

Drawing/ Painting This studio is designed for students who are eager to experiment with the boundaries between drawing and painting, combining the two practices without regard to their historical hierarchy. The technical focus is on composition, value, color, form, and line, with a strong emphasis on creative problem solving. Most importantly, students throw away any preconceived distinctions between the two disciplines and make great drawings/paintings with a wide variety of tools, media, and formats. This studio is not recommended for beginners. Drawing/Painting is paired with Sculpture (page 16).

Fashion D esign The San Francisco Bay Area fashion community is on the cutting edge in developing innovative, sustainable fabrics and contemporary activewear. Students explore the full range of what it means to be a fashion designer, from concept development to communicating ideas through fashion drawing to creating wearable pieces. They work with both traditional fabrics and high-tech new materials as they explore the sculptural silhouette of the human form. Students learn about the influence of contemporary culture, international trends, and historical references as they consider how to build a fashion collection. Field trips and guest speakers enrich the studio experience. Fashion Design is an all-day studio.


Film In this introduction to modern cinema, students experience the immediacy and flexibility of the vast and hybrid medium of film; CCA has long been in the media arts vanguard. Working with film language, digital cameras, lighting, sound recorders, and Final Cut Pro, participants immerse themselves in the conceptual and technical fundamentals of narrative and nonnarrative filmmaking. Screenings, critiques, and research inform individual and collaborative projects. Students gain inspiration as they develop their own voices as artists and filmmakers. Also included is a field trip to the Embarcadero Center Landmark Cinema to see a current independent feature and a special guest lecture by one of our local filmmaking greats. Film is an all-day studio.

G raphic D esign


Graphic designers create some of the most exciting images in the world today, from packaging to branding to websites. In this studio students express concepts graphically, create visual metaphors, and learn the fundamentals of type design, with equal emphasis on creativity and craft. They are encouraged to integrate photography, drawing, and various experimental processes into their projects. The computer is an essential tool for designers, and students learn the basics of the Adobe software programs (Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign) that are used by all professional graphic designers, dividing their time between the design studio and the computer lab. One student per computer. Graphic Design is an all-day studio.

Illustration Illustrators enhance, explain, decorate, and reinforce the printed word. From magazine covers to children’s books, posters, CD packages, fashion drawings, animated characters, movie storyboards, graphic novels, and web images, the work of the illustrator is everywhere in our visually conscious world. Students explore the craft of drawing through class exercises, presentations of professional work, and group critiques. An understanding of the expressive and communicative possibilities of all of art’s languages is encouraged. Students progress from dry media to watercolor to a mixed-media approach. Illustration may be paired with Drawing (page 9) or Printmaking (page 15).

Industrial D esign Who designs the everyday items in our lives: cell phones, athletic shoes, chairs, computers, cars, bikes, even teakettles? Industrial designers are responsible for the most exciting products in the world today—products that transcend the sometimes-mundane nature of their use. The best new designs incorporate not just beauty and utility but also sustainability, minimizing their ecological footprint by maximizing energy and resource efficiency. Students learn and apply the fundamentals of the industrial design process: how to sketch their ideas, make models, and create working prototypes that communicate with power, grace, and confidence. The course includes a field trip to at least one cutting-edge local design firm (last year’s class visited fuseproject). Industrial Design is an all-day studio.

J ewelry / Metal A rts Metalworking is an ancient technique that predates Egyptian times. Few materials have metal’s longevity, malleability, and rich history. From small-scale, intimate objects such as hardware, flatware, and jewelry to large-scale sculpture, architecture, and modes of transportation, metal surrounds us in myriad forms. Students gain an understanding of its historical and contemporary uses and learn the specialized techniques—sawing, texturing, forming, torch soldering, finishing, and more—involved in transforming wire and sheets of metal into original works of art. They develop an individual aesthetic approach with an underlying conceptual base, successfully communicating their ideas through well-designed, sophisticated pieces of jewelry or sculpture. Jewelry / Metal Arts is an all-day studio.


Painting Cave paintings dating back 32,000 years ago are evidence of humanity’s profound urge to create images. This studio teaches the formal aspects of painting, from organizing the picture plane to mixing colors. Students also explore new ways of thinking about space, form, line, texture, and pattern as well as various approaches to applying paint. Class projects are primarily structured around observed subjects, such as the still life and the figure, but they also include exercises that pull from the imagination or expand into abstraction. Students learn to ask themselves not only “How do I paint?” but also “What do I paint, and why?” Painting is paired with Drawing (page 9).

P hotography: B lack and W hite


Effective images express ideas and a personal vision. Through technical and aesthetic instruction with a single-lens reflex (SLR) camera, students explore new visual possibilities and ways of seeing. They learn camera operation, principles of exposure, 35-millimeter film developing, and darkroom printing. Slide lectures demonstrate the varied roles of photography, both contemporary and historical. Students spend half the day shooting at a wide variety of locations and the remainder of the day in the darkroom developing the images. At the end of the course they will have a portfolio of images and a set of small printed zines. Participants must bring a 35-millimeter SLR camera to the first class meeting. Photography: Black and White is an all-day studio.


P hotography: D igital Digital imaging technologies have profoundly transformed our understanding of photography, art, and communication. This studio focuses on the capabilities and applications of these new technologies, which allow artists to envision previously impossible realities. Using images gathered on field trips, students create a series of conceptbased artworks while exploring the mechanics, aesthetics, and ethics of digital imaging. They receive comprehensive instruction in all elements of digital photography, including scanning, fine inkjet printing in color and black and white, color management, digital color theory, photomontage techniques, and the Adobe computer applications Photoshop, Bridge, and Camera Raw. Participants must bring a 35-millimeter single-lens reflex (SLR) camera, with its manual, to the first class meeting and are encouraged to bring other film cameras they may have. One student per computer. Photography: Digital is an all-day studio.

P hotography: E xperimental Approaches This studio explores new visual possibilities and ways of seeing through instruction on the technical and aesthetic aspects of a variety of experimental photographic techniques. By combining both digital and analog processing, color and monochromatic outputs, and traditional and experimental modes of image capture, participants are pushed to work (and rework) their photographs to express ideas and develop a personal vision.


Working seamlessly between two often-separate photographic workflows (a digital lab and an analog darkroom), students are able to play with and exploit this fascinating intersection. Slide discussions and field trips to galleries and artists’ studios demonstrate the varied roles of photography, both contemporary and historic. By the end of the course, students have a portfolio of images in a variety of mediums, a set of small handmade magazines, and the foundation for a strong conceptual understanding of how photographs are used and interpreted. Participants must have consistent access to the same digital camera for the duration of the course. T echni q ues covered:

- Advanced metering and exposure using a digital SLR - Cyanotype printing (hand-coated non-silver process) - Van Dyke printing (hand-coated silver process) - Pinhole camera construction and use (black-and-white darkroom) - Alternative origins of digital images (scanning/ re-photographing/collage) - Manipulating digital images using Adobe Photoshop - Making digital negatives using inkjet transparency media - Self-publishing techniques and DIY magazines - Large-format color inkjet printing Photography: Experimental Approaches is an all-day studio.

P rintmaking Printmaking provides the unique opportunity to create multiple images using the printing press. Both drawing and painting skills are employed in the creation of a print. Through classical and experimental approaches—including lithography, etching, relief printmaking, and screenprinting—students explore a variety of mark-making techniques and develop a unique body of imagery. They become familiar with presses, rollers, fine-art papers, inks, and the basic terminology of the medium. The final project deals with sequencing; each student creates a varied edition, a series, or a book. Printmaking may be paired with Illustration (page 10) or Screenprinting (below).

S creenprinting Screenprinting is the most versatile of all the print media, with the ability to create multiple images on many different substrates, including paper, fabric, or wood. This studio is geared to the creation of original prints in multicolored, limited editions as well as individual pieces of art. The various methods of creating a film positive—painting, hand drawing, cutting masking film, photography, and digital output—are demonstrated and explored. The final project pushes the boundaries of the medium to consider a range of possibilities, from the book form to sculpture and installation. Screenprinting is paired with Printmaking (above).


S culpture


Sculpture is about shaping space and manipulating materials to give them specific forms and meanings. Students investigate the concept of occupying space and are challenged to develop their own language to explore this idea by considering line, plane, volume, composition, rhythm, balance, color, proportion, and scale. Class discussions address ideas of positive versus negative, interior versus exterior, static versus dynamic, and representational versus abstract. Students experiment with a variety of materials and techniques, including figure modeling in clay, assemblage, mold making, casting, and site-specific installation. Projects range from static, object-oriented pieces to experimental, time-based, and collaborative work. Sculpture is paired with Drawing/Painting (page 9).

T extiles Students focus on fabric dyeing, printing, and surface-treatment techniques for the creation of one-of-a-kind fashions, interior furnishings, and fine art. They learn to slow down our fast-paced, high-tech lives and concentrate on “low-techâ€? traditional processes that have contemporary applications. Half of the class time is spent immersed in resist-dyeing, block printing, and screenprinting patterned fabric surfaces. The other half concentrates on the intricacies of crochet, embroidery, and appliquĂŠ as additional and independent surface embellishments. Alternating between these two approaches, students learn to research, design, and develop imagery, narratives, and layering effects to create personally expressive and unique fabrics. Textiles is an all-day studio.

C R E AT I V E W R I T I N G I n this hands - on course , students practice the craft of writing in a lively , artistic atmosphere under the guidance of faculty from C C A ’ s W riting and L iterature P rogram . Using short works by great writers as models and drawing parallels and inspiration from the visual arts and music, students create their own poetry, stories, plays, and creative nonfiction. Through in-class prompts, draft writing, peer workshops, revisions, and instructor feedback, they develop their distinctive voices while investigating essential aspects of the craft: description, imagery, rhythm, point of view, character, tension, epiphany, and resolution. The Bay Area has a rich literary history and a vibrant contemporary writing scene. Visits from published guest writers as well as field trips to the famous City Lights bookstore and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art enliven the class experience. The class size limit for Creative Writing is 18 students. Creative Writing is an all-day course.


SPECI A L AC TIVI T I E S T he Campus Pre-College students find CCA’s beautiful Oakland campus an inspiring environment for their summer art experience. The campus stretches over four acres of landscaped grounds and is surrounded by a pleasant residential neighborhood. College Avenue, a two-mile stretch of cafés, independent bookstores, boutiques, and restaurants, runs between CCA and the University of California at Berkeley. It is within walking distance of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Rockridge station, from which it is approximately 20 minutes by train to downtown San Francisco.

S pecial Acti v ities


Various special activities supplement and enrich the coursework and are available to both resident and commuter students. In the past, social events have included outdoor films, dances, and weekend field trips. Other activities are designed specifically to enhance the studio experience.

Early- E v ening Workshops Workshops take place on weekdays from 4:30–10 p.m. They are optional and open to students in all disciplines. Supplies are provided. In previous years they have included life drawing, silkscreening, bookmaking, one-on-one portfolio reviews, “How to Apply to Art School,” “Make a Ring,” “Altered Garments,” “Intro & Advanced Photoshop,” “Sustainable Design,” and visits from prominent artists and writers.

T ransportation The campus is served by AC Transit and, by connection, other Bay Area public transit systems. The BART Rockridge station is within walking distance (eight blocks). Many Pre-College students commute via BART from San Francisco and other Bay Area cities. Visit for detailed directions to campus.

C losing Ceremony The Pre-College Program culminates with a final exhibition and reading of student work on Friday, July 20. Families are encouraged to attend. Formal invitations to this event are mailed at the end of June.

F ield T rips All students spend a day visiting CCA’s San Francisco campus and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Fine arts students attend a panel discussion by studio instructors, who talk about how they make a living as artists. Design students meet professionals in their field or visit local firms. Weekend activities and field trips take students to some of the Bay Area’s most remarkable natural and cultural sites, from the Pacific Ocean and the California redwoods to major art museums and renowned architectural buildings. Past field-trip destinations have included Santa Cruz, Muir Woods, Headlands Center for the Arts, the Oakland Museum of California, the Legion of Honor museum, Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, and Oakland’s historic Paramount Theatre.




Residential L ife Living in campus housing can be a great learning experience and a lot of fun. CCA housing is staffed and supervised by area coordinators, resident advisors, and a graduate student intern. Area coordinators are professional, live-in staff members who oversee all aspects of residential life. Resident advisors are currently enrolled CCA students who are trained in community building, problem solving, and emergency procedures. A nightly curfew of 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and midnight Friday and Saturday, is strictly enforced. Residential students are not allowed to bring vehicles. Additional information regarding residential policies will be provided to accepted applicants.

On -Campus H ousing All of CCA’s residence halls (one of which received an award for its design from the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco) are safe, secure, comfortable, on-campus communities that support and complement the Pre-College Program. Housing applicants should apply by the March 16 deadline.

The halls can accommodate a maximum of 160 Pre-College students. All residents live in shared rooms. Each room is fully furnished with beds, desks, dressers, a mini refrigerator, and a microwave. All residents have access to shared kitchens, lounge areas, laundry facilities, and internet. Students must provide their own linens. The cost of living in the residence halls is $875. An additional $150 refundable damage deposit is charged to all residents. Damage deposit refunds are issued four to six weeks after the program ends, less any cleaning or damage charges that have been incurred.



M e A ls The A2 Café is located at the center of the Oakland campus, close to student housing and classes. It is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (hours subject to change). Meals are not included in the cost of housing, but the A2 Café offers an optional breakfast meal plan for $130 and an optional lunch meal plan for $140. More details will be in the notification packet sent to accepted students. Students living in campus housing have access to shared kitchens. There is a supermarket around the corner from campus, and cooking dinner together can be an enjoyable part of student life. There are also numerous neighborhood restaurants within walking distance.

P ersonal Conduct In order to ensure a positive and safe learning environment, students are required to adhere to the policies and standards of the program. With their notification of admission, they receive a contract outlining CCA’s policies and rules, which they and their parents/guardians are required to sign, acknowledging their understanding and acceptance.

I nternational Students International students are welcome to attend CCA’s Pre-College Program. Students in past years have come from France, Mexico, Poland, Thailand, Turkey, and many other countries. Pre-College is a wonderful way to pursue your artwork while experiencing American culture and college life. International students must have strong English language skills; the program is conducted in English only. If you are applying from a country where English is not the primary language, you must submit a letter from a school counselor or English teacher that describes your skills in listening to, speaking, reading, and writing English. If you have completed the TOEFL, TOEIC, or IELTS, those scores should be submitted with the letter. Non-U.S. citizens who are admitted to CCA’s Pre-College Program are not eligible to obtain an international student (F1) visa since they are not degree-seeking students. They can apply for a tourist (B) visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate. So that international students can proceed with travel and visa arrangements, they will be notified of admission and housing decisions two weeks after all required application materials are received.


INSU R A NC E AN D C O STS Insurance All Pre-College students must have health insurance coverage for the entire duration of the program and must submit proof of insurance before their arrival. Students who do not submit proof of insurance by May 4 risk losing their spot in the program, and those who fail to submit proof of insurance will not be allowed to attend. CCA has a vendor for students who need to obtain insurance coverage. Please call 510.594.3638 for more information.

T uition and F ees A pplication fee: $75 T uition : $ 2 ,700 R egistration fee: $5 0 A ll art supplies and lab fees a re included in the cost of tuition .


O n - campus housing: $87 5 damage deposit: $15 0 (refundable) O ptional meal plans are availab le for all students .

Refund P olicy Students who withdraw for any reason must do so in writing. The postmark date will be honored as the withdrawal date. Please allow six weeks for processing. Refunds are made according to the following schedule: - W ithdrawal on or b efore May 4 : 100% refund (minus the $7 5 nonrefunda b le application fee). No housing refunds will b e issued after M ay 4 . - W ithdrawal on or b efore June 1: 80% tuition refund (minus the $7 5 nonrefunda ble application fee). - W ithdrawal after June 1: N o refund

Students who apply to the program after June 1 must pay in full and are not eligible for refunds. Also, if a student is asked to leave the program for violations of school policies or regulations, no refund will be issued.

S cholarships In addition to more than $100,000 in scholarships awarded by the college, at least one annual full-tuition scholarship is awarded in memory of Marcella Cleese through a generous endowment created by her friends. M erit S cholarships

CCA offers highly competitive $2,500 merit scholarships. Awards are based on a student’s academic achievement, creative ability (as demonstrated by their portfolio), and scholarship essay. The merit scholarship competition is open to all Pre-College applicants. Need- Based S cholarships

Scholarship assistance is available to those with documented financial need. Award amounts vary and are based on the student’s academic achievement, demonstrated artistic promise, financial need, and scholarship essays. Students who submit all required scholarship application materials for a need-based scholarship by March 16 are automatically considered for merit scholarships.


AP P LY I NG Applying to the program and for housing a completed pre-college application includes: - Pre-College Program application form - $75 application fee (nonrefundable) - $125 tuition deposit - $100 housing deposit, if you are also applying for housing. (Housing is not guaranteed to all applicants. Students who receive campus housing will receive a confirmation letter. If housing is not available, the housing deposit will be refunded. Students who submit their applications by the March 16 priority deadline will receive housing notification by April 20.) - Official high school transcript that includes your fall 2011 grades. (This must arrive in a signed, sealed envelope, either enclosed with your application or sent directly from your school.)


International applicants must submit a letter from a school counselor or English teacher that describes their skills in listening to, speaking, reading, and writing English. The Pre-College Program is conducted in English only. If you have completed the TOEFL, TOEIC, or IELTS, submit your scores with the letter.

Applying for scholarships a completed merit scholarship application includes: - All required materials for application to the program, including application fee and deposits. - A slide, photographic, or CD portfolio of your artwork (five to eight pieces, formatted no larger than 8 ½ x 11 inches). No original artwork accepted. If you submit photographs, indicate whether they were printed commercially or by you. Video submissions are accepted for Film applicants only. Creative Writing applicants should submit two to five pages of writing samples. - A half-page essay describing your artistic interests and goals, and specifically the reasons for your interest in CCA’s Pre-College Program. All of the above items must be postmarked by March 1 6 for scholarship consideration .

a completed need-based scholarship application includes: - All required materials for application to the program, including application fee and deposits. - A slide, photographic, or CD portfolio of your artwork (five to eight pieces, formatted no larger than 8 ½ x 11 inches). No original artwork accepted. If you submit photographs, indicate whether they were printed commercially or by you. Video submissions are accepted for Film applicants only. Creative Writing applicants should submit two to five pages of writing samples. - A half-page essay describing your artistic interests and goals, and specifically the reasons for your interest in CCA’s Pre-College Program. - A copy of your family’s 2011 federal income tax return. Your family should also document any child support received (or paid) and any other money received that is not reported on the tax return. On an individual basis, where necessary, CCA may request further financial documentation. You will not be considered for scholarships if you do not include the 2011 tax return. - A written statement describing why you need financial assistance to attend the program. Preferably a parent or guardian should write this statement, although it may also be written by a high school counselor or art teacher. All of the above items must be postmarked by March 16 for scholarship consideration.

AP P LY O NLI N E AT cca . edu/ precollege You must save images and writing samples as PDFs to upload with the online application. Video submissions must be mailed in. You also have the option of applying online and mailing us a CD of your work.


IM PO RTAN T DATE S AN D D E AD L I N E S P RIORIT Y A P P LI CAT I O N D E A D L I NE : P OSTM A R K E D MA R CH 1 6 Applications postmarked on or before March 16 will receive first consideration for studio selection and housing. Every effort will be made to place you in your first (or second) studio selection; meeting the priority deadline, however, does not guarantee placement due to class size limitations and the popularity of some studios.

S CH O L A R S H I P D E A D L I NE : P O ST MA R K E D MA R CH 1 6 Applications postmarked after March 16 will not be considered for scholarships.


T UIT IO N BA L A N CE D E A D LI N E : P OSTMA R K E D MAY 4 You must submit a $125 tuition deposit with your application. The remaining balance of $2,625 is due by May 4 or two weeks after your acceptance date, whichever is later. All necessary supplies are included in the price of tuition. You may pay by check (payable to California College of the Arts), Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. Failure to pay your tuition in full by the deadline could lead to forfeiture of your studio selection and possibly your place in the program. A late fee of $100 will be charged if the $2,625 balance is not received by the deadline.

HOUSIN G F E E D E A D L I NE : P OSTM AR K E D MAY 4 You must submit a $100 housing deposit if you wish to apply for housing. The housing fee balance of $775 and the $150 damage deposit are due by May 4 or two weeks after your acceptance date, whichever is later. You may pay by check (payable to California College of the Arts), Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. Failure to pay the housing fee in full by the deadline will lead to the forfeiture of your housing reservation.

29 N otification Applicants who meet the March 16 priority deadline will be notified by April 20 of admission, housing, and scholarship decisions. Note: After March 16 we begin rolling admissions, which means that applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. To check availability, please call our office at 510.594.3638. Students who apply to the program after June 1 must pay in full, and are not eligible for refunds.

frequently asked q uestions

summer 2 012 is the pre- college program ’s 26 th year. approx imately 2 5 0 students attend each summer, many of them from around the country or from abroad. 1 6 0 reside in cca housing. ECOLLeGE Visit us online for FAQs and photos from past years


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CCA Pre-College 2012 Brochure  

For more than 25 years, CCA’s Pre-College Program has been an inspiring opportunity for high school students to study art, architecture, des...

CCA Pre-College 2012 Brochure  

For more than 25 years, CCA’s Pre-College Program has been an inspiring opportunity for high school students to study art, architecture, des...