Summer at California College of the Arts is a great time for undergraduate and graduate students to work with a visiting artist, explore a new discipline or venue, develop skills, satisfy a requirement or elective, and stay on track for graduation.
Every summer CCA offers approximately 40 degree courses that are scheduled throughout the summer on the San Francisco and Oakland campuses. While most of the college’s summer degree courses are scheduled at the onset of summer, additional courses are offered throughout.
Studio courses typically take place during the day, while Humanities and Sciences courses are offered during the day and evening.
Because the class schedules are varied, students are able to select courses that enable them to earn credits and satisfy degree requirements while also allowing ample time to visit family, work, intern, travel, etc.
Please note that shuttle service between campuses is not available during summer session.
2013 Undergraduate Courses
Humanities & Sciences
- Cultural History
- Diversity Studies Seminar
- Foundations in Critical Studies
- Media History
- Methods Seminar
- Social Sciences
- Visual Studies
- Writing and Literature Seminar
- Diversity Studies Studio
- Fashion Design
- Graphic Design
- Industrial Design
- Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studio
See the list of Graduate degree courses available this summer. In addition to these specific courses, graduate students are eligible to enroll in CCA's summer study abroad courses. Graduate students are also eligible to enroll in one undergraduate course per term (see summer undergraduate course listings above).
Additional Summer Programs at CCA
Summer Study Abroad
CCA offers approximately ten study-abroad and off-campus courses each summer. Because of their unique nature, summer study-abroad programs have earlier registration and withdrawal/refund deadlines. Read more about CCA's summer study-abroad programs.
Summer Programs for International Students
Summer Degree for Non-CCA Students
While summer degree courses are designed for current matriculated CCA students, students who are in good standing at other accredited colleges and meet the course prerequisite (if applicable), are welcome to enroll. Inquiries should be directed to the Office of Special Programs at 510.594.3710.
Housing may be available through CCA. Inquiries should be directed to Residential Life at 510.420.2000.
Financial aid (scholarships and loans) is only available to matriculated CCA degree students.
CCA Extension and Youth Programming
Summer is the busiest time of year for Special Programs. When much of the college takes a break, we ramp up our offerings for adults and youth with a wide range of noncredit and credit programs.
Our distinctive summer programming for youth (middle school and high school students) allows participants of this age group to explore art and design in a college setting.
Young Artist Studio Program (YASP) (middle school, noncredit)
Summer Atelier (high school, rising sophomore, noncredit)
Pre-College (high school, for credit)
Summer High School English + Design Program (international students, noncredit)
CCA Extension classes provide interested amateurs, working professionals, and practicing artists the opportunity to explore a new discipline or medium or refresh existing art and design skills. Courses are scheduled on both our Oakland and San Francisco campuses.
CCA Extension (noncredit courses for adults as well as select fall and spring courses for high school students)
Office of Special Programs
Oakland, Ralls 201
Dean of Special Programs
Operations Manager, Special Programs
Oakland campus, Ralls 201
Office Hours: Monday–Friday
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
See Contact Info to reach a specific program.
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