Immerse yourself in an inspiring, creative community. Make friends. Make art.

Summer 2019 Program Dates:
June 24-July 19

Check back on November 1 for updated 2019 information!

This summer, approximately 250 high school students -- makers, designers, DIYers, and original thinkers from all over the Bay Area and beyond will convene on CCA's Oakland campus and engage in an authentic art-college experience, including residing in CCA housing.

You will immerse yourself in a college-level curriculum studying art, architecture, design, and creative writing as you discover what makes the San Francisco Bay Area so ideal.

By completion, you will have strengthened your portfolio, deepened your craft, expanded your knowledge, and grown as an individual -- all while becoming an integral part of a creative community that embraces risk-taking in the pursuit of purposeful work.

Young student puts together a model
Young female student painting outside in garden
Photo montage on wall
Student working on an illustration



The program is designed for students who will have completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school by summer 2018. Students must be at least 15 and not older than 18 to attend.


Read about successful CCA graduates who started at the college in the Pre-College program.

Give the Give of Art

Make a donation to our youth program scholarship program.


Rachel Gelenius, Pre-College Program Manager