Core Waiver by Portfolio Review

About Waiving Core Studio Courses

The Portfolio Review
In order for a Core Studio waiver to be granted, students are reviewed based on their formal portfolio, conceptual abilities, and communication skills. Be sure to present work that reflects the Student Learning Outcomes for each course you seek to have waived. (Note: Students may require more images than originally provided in the application portfolio.)

Students are required to bring a copy of their digital portfolios on a flash drive, laptop, or Mac-formatted CD-ROM to the portfolio review session during orientation week. Please also see Transfer Credit / Placement for additional information.

Portfolio Review Deadline
Students are highly encouraged to have Portfolio Reviews during Orientation so that their schedules can be adjusted before classes begin. All students, new first-year students and transfer students alike, are expected to finalize review and placement for their Core Studio requirements within their first semester (deadline for Spring 2014 is February 14). Students who entered in Spring 2014 are not eligible to do a Portfolio Review after that date. To set up an appointment, please email firstyear@cca.edu

No placement consideration occurs in later semesters. AP and IB waivers for Core Studio requirements are not automatic except for Drawing 1 (with a score of 3 or higher in AP Drawing).
Students are reviewed based on their formal portfolio, conceptual abilities, and communication skills. Be sure to present work that reflects the Student Learning Outcomes for each course you seek to have waived.

Note: It may be necessary to feature more images than originally provided in the application portfolio. Be sure to review the Portfolio Review Requirements.

Students are required to bring a copy of their digital portfolios on a flash drive, laptop, or Mac-formatted CD-ROM to the portfolio review session during orientation week.

Portfolio Review: Possible Outcomes

  • 3 units of AP or college credit accepted for one Core Studio course
  • Core Studio course is waived (yet an additional 3-unit elective is required if no college credits exist to fill in for the required 3-unit course)
  • No CORE Studio course waived: Determined during review due to fact student learning outcomes require additional development. (Faculty then guides student toward successful completion of the course.)

Related Information
Download the Core Portfolio Review Info pdf
Portfolio Review schedule
Requirements & deadlines

(Transfer students with equivalent coursework need not submit an additional portfolio.)