Summer Session

CCA offers approximately 40 degree courses each summer, scheduled on the San Francisco and Oakland campuses. Undergraduate and graduate students can work with a visiting artist, explore a new discipline or venue, develop skills, satisfy a requirement or elective, and stay on track for graduation by earning credits . . . all while allowing time to visit family, work, intern, travel, etc.

Additonal Summer Session 2016 course information will be posted in February. Continuing CCA student registration for on-campus summer courses begins March 4; registration for nondegree students begins March 28.

Summer 2016 courses are offered at the reduced undergraduate tuition rate of $3,000 per 3-unit course ($1,000 per unit). This lower tuition applies to both on-campus and online courses.

Program fees for CCA's summer study-abroad programs vary according to the program.

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

On-Campus Summer Sessions

Six-Week Sessions

May 23-June 30
July 5-August 12

Three-Week Intensive

July 25-August 12

Online Eight-Week Session

June 20-August 12
Foundations in Critical Thinking, Intro to the Modern Arts, Writing 2

14-Week Session

May 16-August 19
A small number of courses are scheduled within a 14-week session that spans the summer. These courses begin in May and end in August with a few initial and final on-campus meetings. In between, students work on their own, checking in periodically with the instructor.

Summer Session Course Schedule

Summer Session 2016 course information for undergraduate and graduate study will be posted in February 2016.

Courses are typically offered in the following categories:


Humanities & Sciences

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


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


In addition to summer graduate courses for specific disciplines, CCA offers summer study-abroad courses in which graduate students may enroll. Graduate students are also eligible to enroll in one undergraduate course per term.


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), are welcome to register on a space-available basis.

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

Note: Financial aid (scholarships and loans) is available only to matriculated CCA degree students enrolled in a minimum of six units for the summer.

Additional CCA Summer Programs

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 »

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.

Youth Programming

Our distinctive summer programs for youth (middle school and high school students) allows participants of this age group to explore art and design in a college setting.

CCA Extension & Professional Development

CCA offers noncredit courses in the fall, spring, and summer, providing interested novices, working professionals, and practicing artists the opportunity to explore a new discipline or medium or refresh existing art, design, and software skills.