Pre-College is an all-day program. Classes are held Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on CCA's Oakland campus (a lunch break is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m.).

Optional evening activities include art and design workshops, life-drawing sessions, and social events.

Review a typical Pre-College day »

Pre-College Eligibility

The program is designed for students who will have completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school by summer 2014.

CCA also offers a three-week Summer Atelier for students who have just completed their freshman year of high school, and the Young Artist Studio Program for students who have just completed sixth, seventh, or eighth grade.

For more information, please call 510.594.3710.

2014 Pre-College Program Costs

Application Fee: $45 (nonrefundable)
Tuition: $2,875
Registration Fee: $50
All art supplies and lab fees are included in the tuition cost.

Housing (optional)

On-Campus Housing: $925
Damage Deposit: $150 (refundable)

Meal Plans (optional)

Breakfast: $135
Lunch: $155

Please review the refund policy.


Students must attend the entire four weeks of the program. The last day, Friday, July 18, consists of final critiques and concludes with a major exhibition and reception from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in which student work is exhibited throughout campus and in all college galleries.

All Pre-College students are required to attend until 5 p.m. on the final day.

Pre-College is an immersion experience. In addition to scheduled class time, students will be developing and completing assignments outside of class. Some after-class studio time will be required. Students should not make outside commitments or summer plans that interfere with their ability to focus on the program.

College Credit

Students earn 3 units of college credit upon successful completion of the program. An official report documenting your letter grade(s) and credits earned will be mailed to you at the end of August. Absences will affect your grade; three absences result in automatic failure.


CCA is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

CCA's Oakland Campus

Pre-College students find CCA’s beautiful Oakland campus an inspiring environment for their summer art experience. The campus stretches over four acres of landscaped grounds and is surrounded by a pleasant residential neighborhood.

College Avenue, a two-mile stretch of cafés, independent bookstores, boutiques, and restaurants, runs between CCA and the University of California at Berkeley. It is within walking distance of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Rockridge station, from which it is approximately 20 minutes by train to downtown San Francisco.

Personal Conduct

In order to ensure a positive and safe learning environment, students are required to adhere to the policies and standards of the program. With their notification of admission, they receive a contract outlining CCA’s policies and rules, which they and their parents/guardians are required to sign, acknowledging their understanding and acceptance.

Health Insurance

All Pre-College students must have health insurance coverage for the entire duration of the program and must submit proof of insurance before their arrival. Students who do not submit proof of insurance by May 16 risk losing their spot in the program.

Those who fail to submit proof of insurance will not be allowed to attend. (CCA has a vendor for students who need to obtain insurance coverage. Please call 510.594.3638 for more information.)

Students with Disabilities

For information about CCA's support services, please call 510.594.3638.


The campus is served by AC Transit and, by connection, other Bay Area public transit systems. The Rockridge BART station is within walking distance (eight blocks). Many Pre-College students commute via BART from San Francisco and other Bay Area cities.

See Maps & Directions for detailed directions to campus.