Admitted Student Sessions

We’re glad you’re here, admitted students! Get to know CCA even better through video introductions to key student resources within our community, as well as event recordings of admitted student sessions covering everything from academics to campus life.

For Undergraduate Admitted Students

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Students connect with prospective employers at the career expo.

Connect with prospective employers at the CCA Career Expo, a private job fair for students and alumni.

Meet the Career Development Office

Our Career Development Office’s programs for newly admitted students can support you in building your creative career at CCA and launching into your field after graduation. Learn all about what the team offers and how you can incorporate their support into your college experience your very first year here.

CCA animation students working in teh digital animation lab.

Learn advanced tools to create new worlds in the Digital Animation Lab.

Meet Remote Technology Services

Technology can enhance the study and practice of all disciplines within art and design, so we view computing as an essential tool in your education. Learn about technology support and resources available to students and how you can access them while learning remotely.

Students collaborate on the Backlot of CCA's San Francisco campus.

Collaborate with peers on class projects in the Backlot of our San Francisco campus.

Your First Year at CCA

In this presentation by Carol Elkovich, associate chair of CCA’s First Year program, learn about what to expect during your first year at CCA, including studio coursework, mentorship opportunities, social events, critique culture, and how you’ll gain foundational skills that set you up for success at CCA and beyond. (Recorded March 16, 2021)

Designers Shannon Harvey and Adam Michaels, founders of IN-FO.CO and Inventory Press, speak with students, faculty, and invited guests about their design and publication practices in an intimate forum follow-up to their public presentation at CCA on March 7. Presented by CRB.

Designers Shannon Harvey and Adam Michaels, founders of IN-FO.CO and Inventory Press, speak with students about their design and publication practices.

Meet CCA’s Minors

Our five minors (Ecological Practices, Computational Practices, Social Practice and Community Engagement, History of Art and Visual Culture, and Writing and Literature) are designed to complement your main area of study. Learn about each and how these areas of focus can contribute to your practice as an artist or designer.

diversity studies faculty artwork

Faculty art in HOME: Making Space for Radical Love and Struggle exhibition.

Meet Critical Ethnic Studies

Committed to equity, intersectionality, and social impact, Critical Ethnic Studies courses will inform your research and creative processes at CCA by analyzing all contexts of cultural production, examining the experiences of underrepresented groups, and exposing institutionalized oppression. Learn about the origins of the program, its goals, and its multicultural coursework from Shylah Pacheco Hamilton, the program’s chair.

Students working in the studio on the San Francisco campus.

Engage new ideas in hands-on studio coursework.

Welcome, International Students

CCA leadership welcomes our newly admitted international students and their families. In this session, we review the necessary steps for enrollment, answer questions about the upcoming semester, and introduce CCA’s Office of International Student Affairs and Programs (ISAP) that helps support our vibrant international student community. (Recorded April 16, 2021)

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Meet Housing, Dining, and Residential Education

CCA’s Housing, Dining, and Residential Education team discusses student housing, meal plans, and the live-on residency requirement, as well as questions about the application process, amenities, and more. (Recorded April 13, 2021)

Multicolored acrylic shapes laying on a desk.

Make art and design that challenges convention.

Meet Access / Disability Services

Learn more about CCA’s Access / Disability Services team, their mission to ensure students of all abilities have equal access to educational opportunities at the college, and how they provide support services and health insurance coverage for students.

Did we mention the beach? Here’s another view of Ocean Beach’s windswept sand dunes.

The San Francisco Bay Area is the perfect place for unbridled creativity.

CCA Student Perspectives: Living in San Francisco

Current CCA students students and admissions ambassadors share their experience moving to San Francisco to attend CCA and what it's like living in the Bay Area.

Two people engaging with fluid-filled vessels at an exhibition at Hubbell Street Galleries.

Merge multidisciplinary areas of interest.

Welcome, Transfer Students: Meet Individualized Studies

Discover the opportunities of the Individualized Studies major. We give an overview of how this self-directed program lets you work closely with faculty mentors and academic advisors to craft a personalized curriculum that incorporates aspects of multiple disciplines into a unique expression of creative intent.

A student pours ink in an introductory screenprinting class.

Take a range of studio courses, like introductory screenprinting.

Welcome, Transfer Students: CCA Transfer Alumni Panel

Transferring to CCA can open up pathways to your future and a world of new opportunities to explore. Hear from a group of transfer student alumni first-hand about their experiences at the college, their lives after graduation, and the opportunities that came out of their time at CCA. (Recorded April 24, 2021)

For Parents & Families

Stay up to date

Exterior view of the entrance to Founders Hall on CCA's San Francisco campus.

Our newest residence, Founders Hall, is designed to support and build community between new students. Photo by Richard Barnes.

First Thursday Forum: July 2021

At this monthly event, the CCA Enrollment Management team provides updates for newly admitted students and their families about the fall 2021 semester, including CCA’s student health insurance policy, orientation information, and updates from Student Accounts on due dates, how to view your bill, and setting up a payment plan. (Recorded July 8, 2021)

First Thursday Forum: June 2021

At this monthly event, the CCA Enrollment Management team provides updates for newly admitted students and their families about the fall 2021 semester, COVID-19 vaccine requirements, updating your student record, and move-in information. (Recorded June 3, 2021)

How to Support your Art Student in their First Year at CCA

For new CCA parents. Art school is a unique experience and your student may be the first in your family to undertake this journey! First Year Program Associate Chair Carol Elkovich, calls on her own experience as a parent, artist, and instructor to share some keys to success when building a creative life, resources to help your student as they adjust to college (and art school specifically!), and how to support your student through common issues and experiences in their first year. (Recorded June 22, 2021)

For Graduate Admitted Students

Prepare for the future

View of students presenting their work at Autodesk.

Architecture and Interior Design students in tranSTUDIO, an interdisciplinary and innovative design laboratory at CCA, work in Autodesk Technology Center in San Francisco.

Summer Steps to Enrollment

CCA Enrollment leadership shares updates and leads a Q&A session covering enrollment processes, policies, and deadlines for new incoming graduate students. (Recorded June 14, 2021)

Three CCA students stand in front of an architecture project off campus.

Meet future collaborators on campus and around the Bay Area.

All-Grad Welcome

CCA leadership gathers to introduce themselves and welcome all of our newly admitted graduate students! Plus, get campus updates and information about the enrollment process. (Recorded March 31, 2021)

Interior view of lounge area in Founders Hall.

Founders Hall has graduate student housing and lounge areas for socializing and studying.

Graduate Housing

CCA’s Housing, Dining, and Residential Education team discusses housing options for graduate students; shares the benefits of living on campus; and answers questions related to leases, amenities, and more. (Recorded April 6, 2021)

TV installation by Stephen Radley

Show your work in our numerous campus galleries, like this installation by Stephen Radley (BFA Film 2019)

Meet Exhibitions and Public Programs

The Exhibitions and Public Programs team at CCA fosters meaningful dialogue among visiting artists, students, faculty, and the local community through a robust schedule of events each year. Learn more about the opportunities you’ll find for graduate students to exhibit, curate, and participate in this programming.

Shihan Zhang (MFA Design 2017)

Collaboration and critique are at the core of all CCA programs.

Welcome to MFA Design

MFA Design Chair Jon Sueda and Assistant Chair Sara Dean host the welcome event for admitted MFA Design candidates. (Recorded March 25, 2021)

DMBA Venture Show, Spring 2019

Students at the DMBA Venture Show in spring 2019.

Welcome to MBA Design Strategy

Design Strategy Chair Sara Fenske Bahat hosts the welcome event for admitted DMBA candidates. (Recorded April 7, 2021)

Graduate students during class in CCA's Curatorial Research Bureau

Curatorial Practice students work closely with visiting curators, designers, and artists.

Welcome to MA Curatorial Practice

Curatorial Practice Chair James Voorhies and Associate Professor Christina Linden host the welcome event for admitted MA Curatorial Practice candidates. (Recorded March 25, 2021)

Looking from the outside into the MFA in Comics exhibition at Hubbell Street Galleries.

MFA in Comics exhibition at Hubbell Street Galleries.

Welcome to MFA Comics

Comics Chair Matt Silady hosts the welcome event for admitted MFA Comics candidates. (Recorded March 25, 2021)

Reflected light from the greensweep casts a pallid glow upon the gleeful faces of film students as they compose their shot.

Access multidisciplinary tools and materials.

Welcome to MFA Film

Film Chair Ranu Mukherjee hosts the welcome event for admitted MFA Film candidates. (Recorded April 8, 2021)

A man sniffing a row of suspended glass jars.

Explore new modes of making.

Welcome to Graduate Architecture

Graduate Architecture Chair Brian Price and Associate Chair Jason Anderson host the welcome event for our admitted MArch and MAAD candidates. Learn about both programs and meet the faculty. (Recorded April 2, 2021)

Josh Silverman at January’s In/Visible Talks design conference in San Francisco.

Graduate Interaction Design Chair Josh Silverman at In/Visible Talks design conference. Photo by Kait Miller.

Welcome to MDes Interaction Design

Graduate Interaction Design Chair Josh Silverman and program faculty host the welcome event for admitted MDes candidates. (Recorded April 5, 2021)

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