Gregory Hurcomb, these marks are but fragments of us; installation in the CCA San Francisco Campus Nave


Our interdisciplinary community connects creativity to issues and industry. It's why we’re one of the world’s top-ranking art and design colleges.

Admissions at a glance

Applying to art school admissions at CCA is easy. Requirements differ by student and level of study. Some applicants will need to submit additional materials with their application, such as language test scores. Supplementary requirements for all applicants include a portfolio of work, transcripts, letter(s) of recommendation, and a personal essay. First-year and transfer students can apply to college using the Common Application.

Apply based on your enrollment status

Requirements vary based on the type of student you’ll be when you enter CCA. The information you provide helps us get the best picture possible of where you’d fit in, what you’re hoping to do here, and why you’ll thrive in our rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum. Select a link below to learn more.

Are you an admitted student? Pay your deposit through Student Accounts.

Applicants have specific dates for admission and financial aid deadlines. If you have questions at any point in the application process, reach out to an Admissions team member for help. You’ll find our contact information and admissions deadlines below.

Contact the Admissions team


Shiraz Chavan (call, text)

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

+1 415-903-6868

[email protected]

Carrie Dhillon (call, text)

Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions

+1 415-529-4802

[email protected]
Kress Maclaren, Assistant Director of International Recruitment

Kress MacLaren (call only)

Assistant Director of International Recruitment

+1 213-238-6911

[email protected]
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Claudia Molina (call, text)

Admissions Counselor

+1 415-853-3225

[email protected]

Michael Rossi (call only)

Assistant Director for International Enrollment

+1 510-594-3687

[email protected]

Ana Scharfenaker (call, text)

Admissions Counselor

+1 415-301-7081

[email protected]

Columbia Shafer (call, text)

Senior Admissions Counselor

+1 415-802-1036

[email protected]

Emmitt Smith (call, text)

Admissions Counselor

+1 415-914-7721

[email protected]

James Yu (call, text)

Admissions Counselor

+1 415-914-9244

[email protected]

Katie Lindsey (call, text)

Student Engagement and Communications Manager

+1 415-915-7249

[email protected]
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Yvette Dibos (call only)

Receptionist and Administrative Assistant, Enrollment Services

+1 415-703-9523

[email protected]
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Katie Johnson (call only)

Receptionist and Administrative Assistant, Enrollment Services

+1 510-594-3698

[email protected]


Submit your application on time to start making art that matters at CCA. Each deadline is determined by enrollment type. Here are key due dates for submitting your admissions and scholarship applications. Priority applicants receive additional consideration.

Nov 15

Undergraduate fall priority deadline: Early action

Admissions deadline to enroll in the fall semester of the following academic year.

Feb 01

Undergraduate fall priority deadline: First-year scholarships

Admissions deadline for all undergraduate institutional scholarships, including diversity, merit, named, and all-college honors scholarships.

Mar 01

Undergraduate fall priority deadline: Transfer scholarships

Admissions deadline for all undergraduate institutional scholarships, including diversity, merit, named, and all-college honors scholarships.

Oct 01

Undergraduate spring priority deadline for new students

Admissions deadline to enroll in the spring semester of the following academic year.

Nov 01

Undergraduate spring priority deadline for transfers

Admissions deadline to transfer in the spring semester of the following academic year.

Jan 10

Graduate fall priority deadline

Admissions deadline to enroll in the fall semester of the following academic year.

Mar 01

International fall priority deadline: Scholarships

Application deadline for all international institutional scholarships.

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The value of a CCA education

Our graduates become creative leaders in their fields who make powerful contributions to society. So when they’re students, we offer many financial aid resources, including merit and institutional scholarships, and staff support to help maximize every aid opportunity. View 2018–19 estimated total cost of attendance

Net price calculator

The net price calculator estimates what you can expect to pay for college with financial aid. By answering a few simple questions, you can get an estimate based on your eligibility for federal and state grants, as well as institutional merit and need-based aid at CCA. These calculations are based on CCA’s current financial aid awards and the cost of attendance. Select your enrollment status below to get an estimate.

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While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of CCA’s net price calculators, please know the result is an estimate only; it does not represent a final determination or actual award of financial assistance.

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Students at the CCA Panoramic student residence hall

A community of artist-citizens

Our residence halls offer you a chance to live and grow within a community of artist-citizens at the center of the Bay Area’s best art and design neighborhoods. CCA’s Housing and Residential Life’s new and forthcoming residence halls foster student connections through open design. Our mission is to provide an inclusive, welcoming living environment for all types of students.

Scholarship Student, Arleene, in her studio

Scholarship recipient Arleene Correa Valencia in her studio

Over 73% of students receive support

Every year, CCA awards more than $21.2 million in college-funded scholarships and over $45.6 million in combined scholarships, grants, loans, and employment to help you achieve your academic goals. To cover additional expenses, we can also help you find other funding, such as work-study, internships, and other resources.

career services for what's next

2018 Career Expo

Career services for what’s next

From mock interviews to resume prep to training, our comprehensive career service offerings help create a sustainable career pathway from first year forward.

Job and Internship Board

Job and internship board

The CCA Handshake job board aggregates listings from more than 12,000 employers. Students and alumni can use the site to apply for opportunities, RSVP to events, and connect to career-movers and makers.

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2018 Career Expo

Career events and workshops

Attend professional meetups, training, and networking opportunities the Career Development office hosts all year long. Students and alumni are always welcome. Get notified about upcoming events here.

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