Information & Policies

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.). Required studio hours are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Optional evening activities such as life drawing sessions, artist talks, and hands-on art and design workshops enhance the overall program experience.

Important Dates

Sunday, June 24
On-campus housing check-in from 1–3 p.m.

Monday, June 25
Morning orientation (all students)

Wednesday, July 4
July Fourth holiday observed

No classes will be held on July 4. Some on-campus activities will be planned for residential students.

Friday, July 20
Pre-College final exhibition and closing ceremony

In order to ensure student participation in this important event, the residence halls will be closed to all residents and visitors between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 21
Housing checkout

All students check out of the residence halls by 10 a.m.

Program Information & Policies


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


Students must attend the entire four weeks of the program. Please note there will be no classes on Wednesday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

The last day, Friday, July 20, 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 is required. Students should not make outside commitments or summer plans that interfere with their ability to focus on the program.

Code of Conduct

In order to ensure a positive and safe learning environment, all Pre-College 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.

Violations of conduct policies may result in dismissal from the program without refund or credits earned.

College Credit

Students earn 3 units of college credit upon successful completion of the program. A transcript 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.


2018 Tuition & Fees

Application Fee: $50 (nonrefundable)
Tuition: $3,300
Tuition Deposit: $200 (nonrefundable, applied to tuition)

All art supplies and lab fees are included in the tuition cost.

Housing (optional)

On-Campus Housing: $1,305
Housing Deposit: $100 (nonrefundable, applied to housing)
Damage Deposit: $150 (refunded after move out, less any damage charges)

Meal Plans (optional)

Monday-Friday only
Breakfast: $165
Lunch: $175

Note: You will be charged an insufficient-fund fee of $25 for any check your bank returns to CCA.


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 by June 2018, and no older than 18.

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

For more information, please call 510.594.3710.

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 1 risk losing their place 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.)

Housing (On-Campus)

Cost of Residential Living

The cost of living in the residence halls is $1,305 for summer 2018. An additional $150 refundable damage deposit is charged to all residents.

Damage deposit refunds are issued four to six weeks after the program ends, less any cleaning or damage charges that have been incurred.

Housing applicants are encouraged to apply early. Those who reside in communities with access to public transportation to the college, or those who have previously been housed in CCA’s Pre-College Program, receive secondary consideration for housing.

The halls can accommodate a maximum of 160 Pre-College students. All residents live in shared rooms. Each room is fully furnished with beds, desks, dressers, a mini-refrigerator, and a microwave.

All residents have access to shared kitchens, lounge areas, laundry facilities, and the Internet. Students must provide their own linens.

A 10 p.m. curfew Sunday through Thursday, and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, is strictly enforced. Residential students are not allowed to bring vehicles. Additional information regarding residential policies will be provided to accepted applicants.


The A2 Café is located at the center of the Oakland campus, close to student housing and classes. It is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (hours subject to change). Meals are not included in the cost of housing, but the A2 Café offers optional breakfast and/or lunch plans.

More details will be included in the notification packet sent to accepted applicants. Students living in campus housing have access to shared kitchens.

A supermarket is located around the corner from campus, and cooking dinner together can be an enjoyable part of student life. Numerous neighborhood restaurants also are located within walking distance from the campus.

Living in campus housing can be a great learning experience and a lot of fun. CCA housing is staffed and supervised by professional staff members, summer conference assistants (SCAs), and a graduate intern. SCAs are currently enrolled CCA students who are trained in community building, problem solving, and emergency procedures.

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.

Refund Policy

Students who withdraw for any reason must do so in writing, either via email or postal mail. The timestamp or postmark date will be honored as the withdrawal date. Please allow two weeks for processing.

All refunds that are issued in the form of a check, are made payable to the student. Refunds are made according to the following schedule:

  • Withdrawal on or before May 1: 100 percent refund (minus the nonrefundable $50 application fee, $10 registration fee, $200 tuition deposit, and $100 housing deposit). No housing refunds will be issued after May 1.
  • Withdrawal between May 2 and May 15: 50 percent tuition refund (minus the nonrefundable $50 application fee, $10 registration fee, and $200 tuition deposit).
  • Withdrawal after May 15: No refund.

Students who apply to the program after May 1 must pay in full. If a student is asked to leave the program for violations of school policies or regulations, no refund will be issued.

Students with Disabilities

For more information about disability services at CCA, please call 510.594.3638.

Please be aware that all accommodation requests will be considered. However, there may be limits as to what CCA can reasonably provide. Access and Wellness recommends a minimum of 4 weeks’ notice for all requested accommodations.


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.