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Dates: July 9 - August 17, 2018; students can check in to their housing on July 6

CCA's Summer Start is a six-week program for CCA international students admitted for the summer term to get an early start on their studies and earn 6 credits.

Whether you're making work in your 3D studio, learning new skills in the classroom, or exploring San Francisco's rich culture, you will embrace your authentic self.

(You attend fall orientation after the program ends.)


The CORE 3D studio introduces you to three-dimensional art, design, and architecture using a variety of materials, processes, and tools. (The CORE 3D studio is one of the required first-year courses. Students who do not need credit for this course will receive 3 units towards any remaining studio elective or open elective requirement.)

You also take a course on the Language of Art & Design that prepares you for taking academic and studio classes in the United States with native speakers of English. 

Additionally, you work with continuing CCA students who have been trained as academic mentors and tutors. 

Classes meet five days per week, with faculty leading regular field trips to explore the San Francisco Bay Area's vibrant art scene.

The Language of Art & Design counts towards any remaining Humanities and Sciences elective requirement for all students. 


All students live in CCA's new Panoramic residence in San Francisco. Housing is required due to the immersive nature of the program.

Each room (double occupancy) is fully furnished and includes a kitchen and bathroom. Free wireless internet, onsite laundry facilities, and community lounges are provided.

Enrollment Steps

Confirm your attendance by May 1.

To confirm your attendance in the summer program, submit your nonrefundable enrollment deposit ($300) 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 enroll@cca.edu 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 payment by Friday, June 8.

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 8.

Students who have not paid by June 8 will be dropped from the program. Students who are dropped from the summer program will not be able to attend CCA in the fall.


Tuition includes six units of discounted undergraduate college credit, which will include books, some art supplies, field trip expenses, a print account, and one-on-one tutoring. Housing fees include six weeks at CCA's San Francisco Panoramic Residence.

  • Registraiton Fee: $50
  • Tuition (6 credits): $6,000 (Includes the non-refundable $300 enrollment deposit)
  • Summer Housing Fee: $2,236
  • Refundable Housing Deposit (in case of damage or cleaning): $150 

Total: $8,436.

Tuition does not include meals, airfare, and cost of transportation to/from airport. Students are also required to purchase summer health insurance, which costs $267.50 and will be paid to CCA's insurance partner.

Refund/Withdrawal Policy

Housing Fee Refund: A 100 percent housing fee refund will be accommodated for withdrawals on or before June 8. No housing refunds will be issued after June 8.

Tuition Refund: A 100 percent tuition refund (does not include $300 nonrefundable deposit) exists for withdrawals on or before June 8. No tuition refunds will be issued after June 8.

All withdrawal requests must be emailed to your admissions counselor and to the office of special programs at specialprograms@cca.edu on or before June 8. 

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 required for the student visa interview at the U.S. embassy.

(Additional information about how to apply for an F-1 visa is available by visiting the Bureau of Consular Affairs website.)

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

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

Health/Travel Insurance

All participants must purchase a 1-month health insurance plan administered by CCA, which will cover Summer Start students for the duration of the program. This 1-month health insurance plan costs $267.50 and is included in the Total Program Costs noted above.

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 1st.

For more information, see the resource page for CCA’s Office of Access and Wellness.

Arrival/Airport Information

Plan to arrive at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on Friday, July 6, 2018. 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 6. Also, you would need to make housing arrangements for the day(s) you arrive before July 6, the official check-in date.)