Art and design courses for adults are an opportunity to deepen your skills, add to your portfolio, or explore something new.


Non-credit courses designed for adults

Create on campus or meet online

Curiosity and self expression have their own timeline. One individual’s creative path is unique to any other’s. That’s why CCA offers a wide range of non-credit courses designed for adults (age 18+) to pursue new dimensions of professional, intellectual, and creative development. We champion the continued education of former art and design school students just as strongly as we nurture beginners of any age. All you need is an interest in making something new to you.

  • Accessible, multi-week learning experiences
  • Evenings and weekends
  • In-person classes meet in San Francisco
  • Online courses meet live on Zoom


Study at a top-ranked art and design school

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Pick from a range of disciplines

CCA’s blend of theory and practice inspires our students and faculty to make work that matters. CCA Extension courses are driven by a similar purpose — to help adults shape culture and society through the hands-on practice and critical study of art, architecture, design, and writing. Upcoming courses for foundations and fundamentals build on each other throughout the year so you can pursue creative practice at whatever pace fits you best.

Summer 2024 classes

The following non-credit foundation and fundamentals courses run May through June or July through August.

Session 1 (May - June)

  • Basics & Beyond: Drawing
  • Basics & Beyond: Fashion Construction
  • Black & White Photography
  • Painting: Abstraction
  • Graphic Design: Typography Fundamentals
  • Photography: Digital Tools (online)
  • Introduction to Painting
  • Queer Artists Book Intensive
  • Intermediate Painting Workshop
  • Painting: Color Theory

Session 2 (July - August)

  • Painting: Materials, Surface, and Meaning
  • Professional Practice for Artists
  • Painting: Your Body of Work
  • Conceptual Drawing
  • Teaching Art: Projects and Solutions for Your Classroom
  • Intro to Jewelry Making: Intensive Workshop
  • Making Comics: The Art of Reading (online)
  • 2D to 3D Boot Camp: Introduction to Digital Workflows in Architecture and Interior Design


Register now for upcoming courses

Learn a new skill or deepen your practice

To attend a CCA Extension course, you will need to register and pay the course tuition and fees in full. Courses are populated on a first-come, first-served basis, so prepare to register early for your course, or courses, of choice. Our small class sizes offer a personalized learning experience and enable stronger connections between you and your instructors, peers, and creative work.

Steps to register online

  1. Select the "Add to Cart" button on the course description page or select the shopping cart icon. To add more courses, select “Continue Shopping.” If you are ready to finalize your selection, click “Checkout.”
  2. Enter your payment information, review your order, and confirm you agree with the CCA Extension refund policies.
  3. Check your email. All registrations are confirmed by email within 48 to 72 hours via automatically generated messages. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please email [email protected]. Students who do not receive a confirmation email are still liable for the tuition of CCA Extension courses for which they have registered. Read all CCA Extension Policies.
  4. Prepare to pursue purposeful work!

Support & FAQs

Expand your potential at CCA Extension

Connect to a community of makers

We believe creativity is a lifelong experience that expands the potential of communities and individuals alike. How can we help? Email us anytime at [email protected].

Frequently asked questions

How much does CCA Extension cost?

Costs vary by course and are listed on CCA Extension’s course descriptions and registration page. We offer a 25% discount for employees of educational institutions, including middle and high school teachers, higher education professionals, and community-based or nonprofit arts organizations. Email [email protected] for more information.

Is there a fee for materials?

CCA Extension students will need to purchase all required consumable materials unless otherwise noted as included in the course tuition.

What payment methods do you accept?

CCA accepts credit card, cash, and personal check or money orders payable to California College of the Arts (a $25 fee will be charged for any returned check). Online registration requires a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express). Read all CCA Extension Policies.

Do you offer refunds?

To request a CCA Extension tuition refund, you must formally withdraw by written notice to [email protected]. Read all CCA Extension Policies.

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