Congratulations on your acceptance to California College of the Arts! We’re thrilled to welcome you to our graduate community, where creativity shatters the status quo!

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To get started, see highlighted dates and next steps outlined below.

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Important Dates


April 15 (MFA in Comics only)
Confirm your attendance and submit your $500 enrollment deposit

May 1
Confirm your attendance and submit your $500 enrollment deposit

May 2 (MFA in Comics only)
First-half tuition payment & billing worksheet due

May 15
Housing application deadline

June 1 (MFA in Comics only)
Second-half tuition payment due

June 1-15
Online course registration

June 9 (MFA in Comics only)
Insurance waiver deadline

June 15 (MFA in Comics only)
Official transcripts due

July 5 (MFA in Comics only)
Residence hall move-in day

July 6 
Orientation: MFA in Comics

July 9 - August 3
MFA in Comics residency month

August 1
First fall tuition payment and billing worksheet due
Hard-copy official transcripts due

August 22
Orientation: MBA in Design Strategy

August 23
MBA in Design Strategy program begins

August 25
Residence hall move-in day

August 28
Graduate student orientations

September 5
Fall classes begin

10 Steps to Enrollment

Step 1: Confirm Your Attendance

Enrolling at CCA starts here with your intent to enroll. Please confirm your attendance by the date stated in your admissions letter

To confirm your attendance, submit your nonrefundable $500 enrollment deposit ($115 applied to registration fees; $385 applied to your fall semester) online using WebAdvisor.

Log in to your WebAdvisor account using your username and password. From the Prospective Student menu, select Student Finance to make your online deposit.

Forgot your WebAdvisor username or password? Email

Step 2: CCA Email & New WebAdvisor Account

Twenty-four hours following the processing of your $500 enrollment deposit, you will receive an email with instructions on how to establish your new CCA email, password, and new WebAdvisor account.

(Note: WebAdvisor requires a different login procedure from that used in the application process.)

Use the “Activate Student Account” link found at Once activated, you’ll immediately be able to send and receive email.

Once created, all CCA email will be sent to your CCA email address.

Step 3: Financial Aid Offer (Review/Accept)

Eligible graduate students are awarded financial aid based on criteria taken from the FAFSA application.

Remember to use your 2016 tax information to file your 2018-19 FAFSA.

After you have reviewed your award, either log into WebAdvisor to accept your summer, fall, and spring awards online or return the enclosed page of your award letter indicating your acceptance of the aid offer along with any outstanding documents.

Step 4: CCA Housing

The online housing application for new students is available at Housing at CCA and will be accessible through WebAdvisor starting March 15 at 10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time through May 15 at noon Pacific Standard Time. (NOTE: Students must complete steps 1 and 2 of the enrollment process before they can apply for housing. Once you have activated your CCA email account in step 2, please wait at least one full college business day prior to applying for housing.)

Completion of the housing application requires a $100 non-refundable housing application fee to enter the housing-assignment process.

The Incoming Student Housing Application Process is open each Spring Semester from March 15–May 15. (NOTE: If March 15 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the application will be open the business day before March 15. If May 15 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the application will stay open until the next business day and close at noon.)

Incoming students who submit a complete housing application and $100 non-refundable housing application fee on or BEFORE our Priority Deadline date of May 15 at noon Pacific Standard Time will receive priority-housing selection. (NOTE: After making your payment, be sure to go back to your application and hit the “Submit” button.)

All housing offers will continue to be made until we have reached our standard occupancy capacity.

If you are applying for housing AFTER our Priority Deadline date of May 15 at noon Pacific Standard Time, you will need to contact the Housing office at or 510.594.3722 to be granted access to our General Housing Application to participate in stand-by housing selection and placement.

After you select or are assigned a space in housing, an email will be sent to your CCA email address with confirmation of the space selected and information on how to submit the Housing License Agreement and the $300 refundable damage and cleaning fee to reserve your space. (NOTE: Assignments are not reserved until the $300 refundable damage and cleaning fee is paid AND your Housing License Agreement is submitted. Make sure to click the “Submit” button on the Housing License Agreement. Failure to do so will result in your space not being reserved.)

Students who live in the first-year residence halls (Clifton and Irwin halls, Avenue Apartments) are required to purchase a $250 A2 Cafè meal card. Residents who live in transfer housing may independently purchase a meal card directly from A2 Cafè.

Questions? Contact Housing and Residential Life at or 510.594.3722.

Step 5: Get Registered

New graduate student registration process takes place June 1 to 15.

All graduate students will be emailed by June 1 and provided with links to their program’s online registration forms.

Incoming graduate students are required to register by June 15. If you are unable to do so, late registration is possible during the add/drop period at the start of the semester.

Prepare to Register
First-semester graduate students are required to take specific courses and some electives depending on the program. In following semesters, you may choose from a collegewide offering of elective courses.

Note: If you applied using an unofficial college transcript, your final official college transcript is due August 1.

Step 6: Make Your Payments

In June you will receive a paper statement that will include a link and instructions for completing the student accounts billing worksheet.

Download the instructions »

The first tuition payment and your student accounts billing worksheet for the fall semester are due August 1; the first tuition payment for the spring semester is due December 1.

See Payment Plans & Methods to review different plans and payment options.  

Step 7: Health Insurance

All full-time students must have health insurance coverage. The college has secured an Aetna PPO group health insurance policy that provides year-round coverage.

All students are automatically enrolled in CCA’s student health insurance plan unless they submit an online waiver application. (A link to the online waiver site will be emailed to all students in early June.)

See minimum-coverage requirements for waiving CCA’s health insurance plan.

Step 8: In Case of Emergency

RAVE is CCA's wireless campus-wide emergency response network to quickly inform the community about any situation that poses a threat to safety.

Log into your WebAdvisor account, select Emergency Contacts in the “User Account” section. Designate a cell phone, cell-phone provider, home phone, alternative email address, and opt in to receive SMS or voice alerts.

Step 9: Obtain Your I-20 & F-1 Visa (International Students)

Most International students must obtain a student F-1 visa to come to the United States to study. Begin this process by submitting an I-20 request form and a bank statement that demonstrates your ability to cover the cost of attending CCA for at least one academic year.

Download the I-20 Request Form. Please submit all required paperwork as soon as possible to allow ample time to apply for the visa. 

See the Student Visa & I-20 tab on the Application Process page for more information.

Step 10: Attend Orientation

Attendance at graduate student orientation is required.

The one-day orientation will:

  • Highlight essential resources and services
  • Learn how to take artistic risk that is mindful of others
  • Navigate CCA's studio and critique culture
  • Meet fellow students
  • Connect with your respective programs

This program is crafted to give you the tools to succeed and thrive during your time at CCA.

(Note: International students must attend both international student orientation and graduate student orientation.)

More information about orientation »

Additional Resources

Computer Purchase

Digital technology has the potential to enhance the study and practice of all disciplines within art and design. CCA views computing as an essential tool and promotes the digital literacy of all students.

CCA highly recommends all students have a computer to assist in their studies. Certain graduate programs require the ownership of a laptop computer upon entry into the program.

Learn more about student computing recommendation and requirements.

To help with the cost of these recommendations and requirements, CCA students are eligible to receive a student discount on a computer purchase, have access to the Adobe Creative Suite, and can take advantage of educational pricing on software.

Disability & Access Services

Providing access to a diverse student population is embedded in CCA’s philosophy. We recognize disability as an aspect of diversity that is integral to society and to the campus community.

Accordingly, CCA’s Access and Wellness Services Office collaborates with students, faculty, staff, and community members to create usable, equitable, inclusive, and sustainable learning environments.

The college promotes and facilitates awareness and access through training, partnerships, innovative programs, and accommodations.


The following examples of supports and services are available through Access and Wellness Services to eligible students who encounter barriers to full access or participation in the physical, curricular, or informational environments within the college.

  • Note-taking assistance
  • Permission to record lectures
  • Extended time on exams
  • Alternative test design or location
  • Physical accommodations for access
  • Access to text in alternative formats
  • Sign-language interpreting: ASL interpreting or transliteration for  academic and extracurricular activities

Accessing Support & Services

Students who want to use any of these services should contact Director of Access and Wellness Services Suzanne Guevarra at 510.594.3775 or to schedule an appointment.

Campus Employment

CCA’s various departments and offices offer opportunities for domestic and international students to gain work experience while in college.

CCA will not automatically place you in a job -- you must conduct your own job search and identify the opportunities that best fit your interests, skills, and class schedules.

On-campus student job listings are posted in Workday, the internal college job board. Once registered, students and supervisors have access.

International Student Affairs and Programs (ISAP) hosts many different employment-related workshops for international students each semester.

  • Curricular Practical Training (off-campus internships)
  • Optional Practical Training (employment in the United States after graduation)
  • H-1B information sessions (employment in the United States after graduation in a “specialty occupation” that requires specialized knowledge and attainment of a bachelor’s degree or higher)


Know Your Rights

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford students certain rights with respect to their educational records:

  • The right to inspect and review their educational records within 45 days of the day CCA receives a request for access
  • The right to request the amendment of educational records that the student believes to be inaccurate or misleading
  • The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in their educational records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent
  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by CCA to comply with the requirements of FERPA

For full details of your rights, see Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act.