Advance your creative skill set
The Office of Special Programs offers student and adult education, including a number of opportunities for engagement in art classes and career-advancing workshops. These programs are open to the public, including everything from intensive summer courses for individuals to custom programming for companies.
CCA has a wide range of summer credit programs for continuing studies. Choose from a wide selection of humanities and sciences or studio courses to advance your creative education or further develop your artistic talents.
Whether you’re a student, alumni, or working professional, non-credit programs at CCA offer a convenient, inspiring way for you to pursue your creative interests. With topics covering digital tools, fine arts, and design, there’s something for every artist.
Expand your skill set
Develop your talents or explore new ones with CCA’s credit programs for student and adult education. We have approximately 50 for-credit summer courses for current and incoming CCA students and students from other colleges.
Make summer more productive
Students can make the most of their time at CCA by taking advantage of summer courses for continuing education. You’ll explore a new discipline, develop skills, and satisfy a requirement or elective, all while staying on track for graduation by earning extra units.
Summer course information
2020 summer session dates
May 26–July 2, 2020
July 7–August 14, 2020
July 27–August 14, 2020
Note: No shuttle service is offered between campuses during summer; however, the Mission Bay Shuttle at 9th Street and Market in San Francisco will run an expanded service to CCA’s San Francisco campus.
Explore new realms of creativity
California College of the Arts offers a wide range of year-round, non-credit extension courses for professional, intellectual, and creative development.
Continuing education courses are offered on the San Francisco and Oakland campuses in the evenings or on weekends.
CCA Extension courses offer deep dives into a wide range of topics including fashion, interior design, painting, drawing, Photoshop, Illustrator, and more.
Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to contain its spread, our summer CCA Extension program has been canceled for summer 2020. We hope to be able to resume this program in the fall.
You may be eligible for a course tuition discount if you’re a donor or a middle or high school art teacher. To check eligibility, go to Registration and scroll down to “Discounts.”
If you qualify, you must register by phone at +1 510-594-3680 or in person at the CCA Student Records office to ensure you receive your discount.
San Francisco address and hours
80 Carolina Street*
San Francisco, CA 94107 (map)
M–F, 8:30 am–5 pm
*adjacent to 1111 Eighth Street, CCA’s main address
Oakland address and hours
Oakland, CA 94618 (map)
M–F, 8 am–4 pm
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Custom programming for companies
Whether you wish to explore a new career or strengthen existing skills, custom programming can provide you with a cutting-edge advantage. CCA’s Office of Special Programs can design customized classes and workshops to develop and strengthen employee skills within your company. Examples of recent customized programs include:
- An ideation sketching course, for the design team of a national clothing and accessories retailer, scheduled Friday afternoons on our San Francisco campus
- Software-specific workshops, for designers from a national paper products and gifts retailer, scheduled in a two-day workshop format during the week on our Oakland campus
- Sustainability practices workshops, for fashion industry professionals, scheduled over two to three days
In addition to developing the curriculum, we can also make arrangements for food and beverage accommodations to ensure the success of your company’s offsite experience. To discuss customized programming for your company, email Nina Sadek, dean of Special Programs, at [email protected].