General Info

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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 Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m.

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

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 2016. Students must be at least 15 by June 2016, 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 Artist Studio Program for students who have just completed sixth, seventh, or eighth grade.

For more information, please call 510.594.3710.

2016 Pre-College Program Costs

Application Fee: $35 (nonrefundable)
Registration Fee: $10
Tuition: $3,050
All art supplies and lab fees are included in the tuition cost.

Housing (optional)

On-Campus Housing: $1,100
Damage Deposit: $150 (refundable)

Meal Plans (optional)

Monday-Friday only

Breakfast: $140
Lunch: $160

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

Pre-College Tuition Refund Policy

Students who withdraw for any reason must do so in writing. The 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 2: 100 percent tuition refund (minus the nonrefundable $35 application fee, $200 tuition deposit, and $100 housing deposit). No housing refunds will be issued after May 2.
  • Withdrawal between May 3 and May 16: 50 percent tuition refund only (minus the nonrefundable $25 application fee and $200 tuition deposit).
  • Withdrawal after May 16: No refund.

Students who apply to the program after May 2 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 must attend the entire four weeks of the program. Please note there will be no classes on Monday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The last day, Friday, July 22, 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.

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.


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).

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, 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.

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 4 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.)

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.