How to Apply
Apply now for fall 2013
Applications are now being reviewed for fall 2013.
Please contact Noel Dahl, Director of Graduate Admission at email@example.com for further information about submitting a late application.
The following elements are required with each application submission:
- Application ($70 nonrefundable fee required)
- Writing Portfolio
- Personal essay
- Résumé / Curriculum vitae
- Two letters of recommendation
- Official college transcripts
Applicants must complete and submit the application online. (Note: Due to the volume of applications received, CCA is unable to return any materials; please do not submit any original artworks or writings.) Apply online now.
A personal essay of 500 to 1,000 words must accompany the application. Explain how the program fits into your writing and career goals. Describe what has influenced your desire to write about visual arts, design, and/or architecture, mentioning the theories and texts that are of particular interest to you.
The portfolio must consist of two writing samples (5,000 words maximum per sample) demonstrating your interest in the field of visual and critical studies and your creative potential. Applicants should submit their portfolio online as a PDF by registering for a SlideRoom account specifically for CCA applicants. Once an account is registered, instructions on how to create the portfolio will be provided.
Due to the volume of submissions received, we are unable to return writing portfolios. Applicants should not submit their only copies of image files, artworks, or writing samples.
Résumé / Curriculum Vitae
Please outline your educational and professional background and relevant experiences and activities, including community work.
Official college transcripts are best to use for the application, however, unofficial transcripts are acceptable for review purposes only. These should be scanned, front and back, and uploaded with your other application documents. Should you be accepted and choose to enroll with CCA, the official, sealed transcript of your undergraduate coursework must be sent to Graduate Admission by August 1, 2013. Applicants who have taken graduate coursework are welcome to also send transcripts in support of their graduate application.
For international applicants, all transcripts must be in English or accompanied by a certified English translation of the original.
All admitted students who were still in the process of completing a bachelor's degree at the time of applying must send the final transcript before enrolling to verify completion of the bachelor’s degree, including official notation of date of graduation, no later than August 1, 2013.
Mail your official transcript to:
California College of the Arts
Enrollment Services Office—Graduate Admissions
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco CA 94107-2247
Two Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation are required from academic or professional sources. You must use our electronic recommendation process. This will ensure that we receive your recommendations in a timely fashion, and it is convenient for your recommenders.
When submitting your electronic application, please provide the email address for your recommenders. Your recommenders will receive the recommendation form electronically to complete and return to CCA.
Applicants may be contacted to arrange an interview with the graduate Curatorial Practice Program coordinator or a faculty member.
International applicants must submit additional requirements in support of their application to the graduate program.
Applicants who wish to apply for the dual-degree program will have the ability to submit a single application. However, applicants must submit portfolios (visual/written) that meet requirements for each program.
You will find the various dual-degree options under the Visual and Critical Studies category under the enrollment plans section of the electronic application. Be sure to first select Visual and Critical Studies for your initial graduate program in order to choose the a dual-degree option under the discipline area.
Graduate Visual and Critical Studies Merit Scholarships
The graduate curatorial practice admissions committee selects a limited number of outstanding students for a prestigious graduate merit scholarship. For the 2011–12 academic year the renewable awards was $11,000 per year.
The Dean’s Scholarship
The Dean of the College selects highly qualified applicants to receive these select competitive and endowed awards. The awards range from $1,000 to full tuition.
The graduate division awards several entering students special diversity scholarships. Last year these renewable awards ranged from $11,000 to $24,000 per year.
CCA's graduate teaching assistantships are based on merit and are awarded by the graduate chairs in conjunction with graduate faculty in the second year.
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