Summer Courses

Graphic Design students working in Nave

CCA offers approximately 35 for-credit 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 still allowing time to visit family, work, intern, travel, etc.

Summer Housing

For information, please contact the Office of Residential Life at 510.594.3722 or

Note: No shuttle service is offered between campuses during summer, however, the Mission Bay Shuttle at 9th Street @ Market in San Francisco will be running their expanded service to CCA’s San Francisco campus. Check Mission Bay Shuttle for its summer schedule.

Summer 2019 Session Dates

Six-Week Sessions
May 20-June 28, 2019
July 8-August 16, 2019

Three-Week Intensives
July 29-August 16, 2019

Seven-Week Online Session
July 1-August 16, 2019
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13-Week Session
May 20-August 16, 2019
A few courses are scheduled within a 13-week session that spans the summer. 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.

By Discipline (Undergraduate)

Summer 2019 undergraduate courses are offered at the reduced 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. In-person summer study abroad registration begins February 20, 2019.

Note: to be eligible for Federal Direct loans, matriculated CCA degree-seeking students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units for the summer. If you are applying for financial aid, make sure you read about summer financial aid.

Summer 2019 courses should be posted by December 21. Summer offerings typically include:

Humanities & Sciences

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


Many summer studio courses could be of interest and are open to students from all disciplines.

  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Diversity Studies Studio
  • Fashion Design
  • Furniture
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Painting
  • Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studio
Graduate Courses

A list of graduate degree courses available summer 2019 should be posted by late November.

In addition to these specific courses, graduate students are eligible to enroll in CCA's summer study-abroad courses. Many summer study-abroad courses offer a GELCT section to satisfy a Grad-wide Elective. If a GELCT section is not available, graduate students are generally eligible to enroll in at least one undergraduate course during the course of their graduate studies (see undergraduate summer on-campus courses as well). Please check with your Program Manager.

Eligibility for Non-CCA College 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), are welcome to register on a space-available basis.

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