Admitted Graduates

Congratulations on your acceptance to California College of the Arts for the upcoming fall entering class.

We are thrilled you have been admitted to CCA's graduate program and look forward to welcoming you to our esteemed community this fall.

The 2014 Graduate Guide

The Graduate Enrollment Guide contains information materials that address a wide range of topics such as CCA resources and services, registration and billing forms, and a schedule of upcoming events to which you are cordially invited.

You'll also find helpful information on these topics:

  • Money matters
  • Registration & orientation
  • Housing
  • Travel between campuses
  • Studio & library facilities
  • Educational technology resources
  • Disability & access services
  • Career Development
  • International students
  • Health insurance
  • On-campus opportunities
  • Academic calendar
  • CCA quick links
  • Bay Area art & culture venues

10 Steps to Get You Started

(Applies to fall 2014 only)

Upon receiving an official offer of admission from CCA, students often have questions regarding the enrollment process.

Step 1: Read the 2014-15 Graduate Enrollment Guide

This guide provides answers to common questions admitted graduates have.

Step 2: Review your financial aid award

If you are a US citizen or permanent resident and have applied for financial assistance, you will receive an award letter. Please read it carefully.

All questions regarding your financial aid award should be directed to CCA's Financial Aid Office by calling 415.703.9528415.703.9528 or emailing

Return the enclosed page that indicates your acceptance of the financial aid offer, including any outstanding documents.

Note: International students are ineligible for need-based financial aid.

See also Funding Your Education for additional information about non-CCA-provided financial aid resources.

Step 3: Confirm your attendance

Submit the Intent to Enroll form, which you receive with your offer of admission.

Include the nonrefundable $500 enrollment deposit no later than the date indicated on the acceptance letter to secure your placement in the incoming class.

Step 4: Set up your CCA email 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 email account and password.

Use the New Student Account Activation link within the CCA email system to set up your account.

Once activated, you'll immediately be able to send and receive email.

You'll also be able to access your online student records and apply for housing through WebAdvisor.

Note: Deposits received after the indicated date could adversely affect your placement in the program.

Step 5: Follow all I-20/visa procedures (international students only)

To obtain a student visa, accepted international applicants must submit an I-20 request form and a bank statement that documents you have access to the following minimum amounts to meet your educational costs:

  • $62,723 (for Curatorial Practice, Fine Arts, Design, MBA in Design Strategy, Architecture)
  • $54,053 (for MFA in Writing)
  • $45,056 (for MFA in Comics)
  • $45,383 (for Visual and Critical Studies)
  • $68,568 (for a graduate program in addition to the Grad Prep Intensive)

See also International Applicants for additional information about student visas.

International students may also contact Assistant Director of International Admissions Shiraz Chavan at

Step 6: Housing consideration for new students

See Housing for more information (including off-campus housing options).

Step 7: Register for courses

Once you submit the Intent to Enroll form and enrollment deposit, review the Graduate Enrollment Guide, which contains instructions for fall 2014 course registration (June 1-15).

Contact the appropriate program manager for additional information:

Jen Sikora, 415.551.9245 or

Curatorial Practice
Carey Lin, 415.551.9239 or

Estee Eliasoph, 415.551.9352 or

Fine Arts
Jessica Skloven, 415.551.9214 or

MBA in Design
Nathalie Blavin-Kakone, 415.551.9324 or

MFA in Comics
David Morini, 415.551.9237 or

MFA in Film
John Jenkins, 510.594.3648 or

Visual and Critical Studies
Mike Rothfeld, 415.551.9251 or

David Morini, 415.551.9237 or

Step 8: Attend graduate student orientation

Orientation familiarizes new graduate students with the college, its programs, and campus resources. You will meet other students, faculty, and staff who will become an important part of your graduate experience.

See Plan a Visit for suggestions about traveling to the Bay Area.

Orientation packets will be available in July. See also Orientation.

Note: In addition to the graduate orientation, all international graduate students must also attend the international & exchange student orientation, which focuses on immigration regulations and resources for adjusting to life in the United States.

See also International Student Affairs & Programs.

Step 9: Get answers to your questions

Contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 415.703.9523415.703.9523 or to learn more about the enrollment process.

Step 10: Start planning

Bookmark the main events feed to keep abreast of the innovative events, lectures, and artist talks scheduled for the upcoming term!

Again, congratulations on your acceptance to CCA's graduate program. We look forward to meeting you.

Graduate Admissions Office Location

San Francisco campus
80 Carolina Street, second floor