Pre-College courses are designed to challenge students at all levels of artistic experience. Participants may choose to try something new or explore in greater depth a discipline in which they are already interested.


We make every effort to place applicants in the studio of their first or second choice. However, due to the popularity of certain studios, some students may be assigned to their third selection. Receipt of your application by the priority deadline does not guarantee placement in your first (or second) choice.

In addition to studio work, art and design courses include slide presentations, group discussions, and an art history component.

Critiques help students develop an understanding of their work in the context of their classmates’ responses and project objectives. Some courses last all day, and others are paired with a complementary discipline.

Enrollment ranges from 12 to 18 students, depending on the discipline.


The Pre-College faculty members are dedicated and highly accomplished artists, architects, designers, and writers who are interested in sharing their professional insights and experiences. The majority of them also teach in CCA’s four-year degree programs.