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Summer Start for Graduate Students

Location & Housing
Payment Information
Refund/Withdrawal Policy
I-20 Document for F-1 Student Visa
Health/Travel Insurance
Arrival/Airport Information

Summer Start is a six-week immersion into CCA's community, Bay Area culture, and American academic life. Graduate students get to jumpstart their studies, earning 6 credits, while receiving individualized attention and instruction from CCA faculty. 

Dates: July 9-August 17, 2018 (students attend fall orientation after the program ends)



CCA’s Summer Start for graduate students is a six-week, 6-credit session for incoming design, architecture, and fine art graduate students.

You take courses in Placemaking and Langauge of Design. These courses meet a disciplinary-specific requirement or an elective requirement for the major area of study. 

Classes meet five days per week. You also work with continuing CCA graduate students who have been trained as academic mentors and tutors.

Location & Housing

San Francisco is one of the most popular destinations in the world, well known for its world-class art museums, shopping, music, restaurants, summer street festivals, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the energy created by the technology and design industries.

During the program, you live in CCA's new student residence in San Francisco. You reside in a shared room with a kitchen and bathroom. 

Due to the immersive nature of the program, all students are required to reside in CCA housing for the six weeks of classes. 

After the program, you are free to travel or move into housing of your choice before the start of the regular academic term. 

Students who plan to live in the residence hall for fall semester may stay in the residence hall during the period after the program ends and before the fall semester begins. Additional housing fees apply. 


2017 Total Program Costs

  • $9,468 program tuition (graduate tuition of $1,578 per credit for 6 credits)
  • $50 nonrefundable registration fee
  • $500 nonrefundable enrollment deposit (credited to account upon registration)
  • $2,100 housing fee 
  • $150 refundable housing damage/cleaning deposit

Total $11,268

2018 pricing will be available in February 2018

Tuition includes 6 units of graduate college credit. Housing fee includes six weeks at CCA's San Francisco Panoramic residence in a shared room.

A damage/cleaning deposit of $150 will be collected along with the tuition and housing fee payments. If the room is left clean with no damage, this $150 will be returned to the student in full.

Tuition does not include meals, airfare, cost of transportation to/from airport, and health/travel insurance.

Steps to Summer Program Enrollment
Confirm Your Attendance by May 1

To confirm your attendance in the summer program, submit your nonrefundable enrollment deposit ($500) by May 1 online using WebAdvisor.

Log in to your WebAdvisor account using your username (student ID number in this format: cca1234567) and password. From the Prospective Student menu select Student Finance to make your online deposit. (Email If you cannot remember your WebAdvisor username or password.)

Establish Your CCA Email and New WebAdvisor Account

Once your enrollment deposit has been processed, you will receive an email with instructions on how to establish your new CCA email account and password and new WebAdvisor account.

Your new WebAdvisor account will allow you to access your online student records and pay the tuition and housing fees for the program. At this point you are logging in to the STUDENT menu, not the Prospective Student menu.

Use the Activate Student Account link . Once activated, you’ll immediately be able to send and receive email. Once your account is created, all CCA email notifications will be sent to your new CCA email account.

Make Your Summer Program Payment by June 9

Once registered, the student may pay their tuition and housing fees online through WebAdvisor, or by wire transfer, check (payable to California College of the Arts), Visa, American Express, Discover, or MasterCard. If you are unable to pay through WebAdvisor for any reason, call Student Accounts directly, 510.594.5086, with your payment information.

Payment Deadlines

Deadline to pay summer tuition and summer housing fees is June 9.

Students who have not paid by June 9 will be dropped from the program. Students who are dropped from the summer program will be dropped from fall at the same time.

Refund/Withdrawal Policy

Housing Fee Refund: A 100 percent housing fee refund exists for withdrawals on or before June 9. No housing refunds will be issued after June 9.

Tuition Refund: A 100 percent tuition refund (does not include $500 nonrefundable deposit) exists for withdrawals on or before June 9. No tuition refunds will be issued after June 9.

All withdrawal requests must be emailed to your admissions counselor and to the office of special programs ( on or before June 9.

Please make sure you receive an email confirmation of your withdrawal request.

I-20 Document for F-1 Student Visa

Students are required to submit the CCA I-20 Request form and all required financial documentation in order to receive the I-20 document necessary for the student visa interview at the US embassy.

(Visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs website for additional information about how to apply for an F-1 visa.)

Students should carefully plan ahead and make appointments for their visa interview as soon as possible, scheduling appointments in April at the latest.

Visit the U.S. Department of State website for more information and to make an appointment for a visa interview.

Health Insurance

All participants must have health insurance for the duration of the program that is valid for medical care in the United States.

Students who do not have health insurance will be given the opportunity to sign up for CCA's Kaiser Health insurance plan. 

Note: Once the fall semester begins, all international students are required to purchase the CCA Kaiser Health insurance plan. Kaiser coverage for the school year begins on August 15.

Visit CCA’s Office of Access and Wellness resource page for more information.

Arrival / Airport Information

Plan to arrive at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on Saturday, July 8, 2017. A CCA representative will meet students at the airport to oversee their transportation to the residence hall. 

Additional information will be emailed to registered students.

Note: We will not be able to meet you at the airport if you arrive prior to July 8. Also, you would need to make housing arrangements for the day(s) you arrive before July 18, the official check-in date.