Admissions at a glance
Applying to art school admissions at CCA is easy. Basic application requirements include the following materials:
- An online application and nonrefundable application fee of $70
- Personal essay
- High school and/or university transcripts
- Letter of recommendation
- Portfolio (log in to SlideRoom)
- Proof of English proficiency (international applicants only)
CCA does not require SAT or ACT as part of the application review process. We understand many high schools and colleges have shifted their grading standard for online coursework to credit/no-credit or an equivalent system during 2020. We will accept these grades for the fall 2021 application and this will in no way negatively impact the application review.
Some applicants will need to submit additional materials with their application, such as language test scores, additional letters of recommendation, or more work samples for their portfolio. See individual requirements by applicant status below. First-year and transfer students can apply to college using the Common Application.
Apply based on your applicant 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.
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.
Submit your application on time to start making art that matters at CCA. Each deadline is determined by applicant status. Here are key due dates for submitting your admissions and scholarship applications. Priority applicants receive additional consideration.
Undergraduates: Fall semester
Undergraduates: Spring semester
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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 2019–2020 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.
Paying for college at CCA
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 residence halls and dining facility foster student connections through open design and proximity to campus. Our mission is to provide an inclusive, welcoming living environment for all types of students.
Over 73% of students receive support
Every year, CCA awards more than $24.8 million in college-funded scholarships and over $49.8 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.
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.
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.
Art and design career opportunities
Schedule an appointment with a counselor
Our admissions counselors can help answer your questions about CCA, arrange a campus visit, explain the application process, and much more.