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.


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 meet all day, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a one hour lunch break scheduled at noon. Other courses are paired with a complementary discipline, each meeting for half the day.

Enrollment ranges from 12 to 18 students in individual classes. 


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.