High School Student Studio Courses

Summer Atelier

CCA’s Summer Atelier offers students who just completed their freshman year of high school by June 2014 the opportunity to immerse themselves in art making. Students hone their skills, learn new concepts and techniques, and meet other students from around the Bay Area who share their interest in art.

Summer Atelier is a noncredit, nonresidential program. Enrollment in each section is limited to 16 students. Participants do not receive a grade; however, a letter will be sent in August that acknowledges their program participation. Housing is not available. 

All programs conclude with an exhibition of the students’ work on the final Friday of the program from 4-5 p.m..


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.

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Summer 2014 Program Dates

June 23 to July 18

Immerse yourself in a college-level curriculum and become part of a creative community, meeting and working with other talented, serious students from diverse backgrounds.

Pre-College provides a perfect platform to expand your knowledge, grow as an individual, develop strong portfolio pieces, and get a taste of college life.

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The Bay Area: An Ideal Classroom

While taking courses on CCA’s beautiful and historic Oakland campus, you 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.

An abundance of culture and history exists here:

  • the commercial creative endeavors of Pixar and Lucasfilm
  • the legacy of the 1950s Beat poetry scene
  • world-renowned museums such as the de Young and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • recent architectural projects by Renzo Piano, Daniel Libeskind, and Herzog & de Meuron

As a Pre-College student you will find inspiration in this unique environment. Approximately 250 students attend each summer, many of them from around the country or from abroad; 160 of these students reside in CCA housing.