Summer Session

Summer at California College of the Arts is a great time for undergraduate and graduate students to work with a visiting artist, explore a new discipline or venue, develop skills, satisfy a requirement or Elective, and stay on track for graduation.

Summer Session

Summer Session 2015 course information will be posted by the end of February.

Every summer CCA offers approximately 40 degree courses that are scheduled throughout the summer on the San Francisco and Oakland campuses. While many courses are scheduled at the onset of summer, additional courses are offered throughout.

Studio courses typically take place during the day, while Humanities and Sciences courses are offered during the day and evening.

Because the class schedules are varied, students are able to select courses that enable them to earn credits and satisfy degree requirements while also allowing ample time to visit family, work, intern, travel, etc.

Please note that shuttle service between campuses is not available during summer session.


Courses are typically offered in the following areas each summer


  • 3D
  • 4D

Humanities and Sciences

  • Diversity Studies Seminar
  • Foundations in Critical Studies
  • Literature/Performing Arts
  • Math/Science
  • Media History
  • Philosophy & Critical Theory
  • Social Sciences/History
  • Visual Studies

Undergraduate Studios

  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Diversity Studies Studio
  • Fashion Design
  • Furniture
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Design
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Textiles
  • Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studio


  • Fine Arts Seminar
  • Grad-wide Elective
  • MFA Studio Practice

In addition to these specific courses, graduate students are eligible to enroll in CCA's summer study abroad courses. Graduate students are also eligible to enroll in one undergraduate course per term (see summer undergraduate course listings above).

Additional Summer Programs at CCA

Summer Study Abroad

CCA offers approximately 10 study-abroad and off-campus courses each summer. Because of their unique nature, summer study-abroad programs have earlier registration and withdrawal/refund deadlines.

Read more about CCA's summer study-abroad programs »

Summer Programs for International Students

CCA also offers six-week summer programs for international students: an English+Art Studio program or Writing Skills Workshop for incoming international undergraduate students and a Grad Prep Intensive for incoming international graduate students.

Summer Degree for Non-CCA Students

While summer degree courses are designed for current matriculated CCA students, students who are in good standing at other accredited colleges and meet course prerequisites (where applicable), may register on a space-available basis.

Inquiries should be directed to the Office of Special Programs at 510.594.3710.

Housing may be available through CCA. Inquiries should be directed to Residential Life at 510.420.2000.

Financial aid (scholarships and loans) is only available to matriculated CCA degree students.

CCA Extension & Youth Programming

Our distinctive summer programming for youth (middle school and high school students) allows participants of this age group to explore art and design in a college setting. We also offer CCA noncredit Extension classes in fall and spring, providing interested amateurs, working professionals, and practicing artists the opportunity to explore a new discipline or medium or refresh existing art and design skills.

CCA Extension (noncredit)
Professional Development (noncredit)

Young Artist Studio Program (YASP) (middle school, noncredit)
Summer Atelier (high school, rising sophomore, noncredit)
Pre-College (high school, for credit)
Summer High School English + Design Program (international students, noncredit)


Office of Special Programs
Oakland, Ralls 201

Nina Sadek
Dean of Special Programs

Carol Pitts
Operations Manager, Special Programs