Now Accepting Applications: Pre-College 2016

Post date: Feb 4, 2016 6:44:45 AM

For more than 25 years, CCA’s Pre-College Program has been an inspiring opportunity for high school students to study art, architecture, design, or creative writing in an art school setting while earning 3 units of college credit. Pre-College provides a perfect platform for students to expand their knowledge, grow as individuals, develop strong portfolio pieces and get a taste of college life.

Students are immersed in a college-level curriculum and become part of a creative community, meeting and working with other talented, serious students from diverse backgrounds. Eligible students will have completed 10th, 11th, or 12th grade by summer 2016. Students must be at least 15 years old and no older than 18 by June.


We encourage all applicants to apply online, using the CCA online application.

A complete application contains the following requirements:

• Application ($35 non-refundable application fee)

• Tuition deposit ($200 nonrefundable)

• Official high school transcripts (translated)

• Housing deposit ($100 nonrefundable)

Only for students interested in on-campus housing

• Letter of English proficiency (if applicable)

In order for international students to make travel arrangements, they will be notified of admission and housing decisions two weeks after all required application materials are received.


While taking courses on CCA’s beautiful and historic Oakland campus, students can explore the San Francisco Bay Area’s rich culture and geography.

The Bay Area’s combination of thriving urban centers and wild open spaces has long been a draw for creative individuals. Pre-College students will find inspiration in this unique environment.


Pre-College 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.

Choose from 18 offered courses in fine art, design, writing, and architecture. Various special activities supplement and enrich the coursework.

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 undergraduate degree programs.