Apply to California College of the Arts

Here’s how to apply for admission to the best value art and design school in the country.


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Two ways to submit your application

CCA practices rolling admissions, which means applications can be submitted for review after the priority deadlines listed below; however, if you wish to be considered for merit and the Visionary Practice scholarships, you should apply by the priority deadline appropriate to you. Need-based scholarships will continue to be awarded to qualified applicants who submit a late application.

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Spring 2025 enrollment timeline

August 1, 2024: Application becomes available
October 1, 2024: Priority deadline for first-year and transfer applications

Fall 2025 enrollment timeline

August 1, 2024: Application becomes available
November 15, 2024: Early action deadline for first-year applications
February 1, 2025: Priority deadline for first-year applications
March 1, 2025: Priority deadline for transfer applications


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CCA application and program requirements

To apply to a CCA graduate program, visit our online application list in SlideRoom, select the program or dual-degree program application of your choice, create an account, and submit all required application materials. Please note: There is no separate scholarship application, and CCA does not require GRE scores.

Applications submitted by the graduate priority deadline will be given consideration for institutional merit scholarships as well as priority processing for application reviews with faculty. Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a rolling basis.

Individual program application requirements

Graduate key dates

  • September 1: 2025 application becomes available
  • January 15: Priority deadline for 2025 graduate applications

Youth Programs

The future of art and design is YOU

High school students

Live and learn on campus with a community of artists and designers—while earning college credits. Apply to Pre-College.

Early high school students

Year-round weekend and summer intensive programs for high school students to learn new techniques and build portfolios. Register for the Atelier program.

Middle school students

Register for the Young Artist Studio Program, which offers one—and two-week intensives geared toward middle school students in sixth through eighth grade.

Adult Courses

Discover all the ways to keep learning

Year-round, on weekends and evenings, these noncredit courses push you creatively on your schedule. Register for extension courses at CCA.


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Undergraduate and graduate students

Our admissions counselors can help answer your questions about CCA, arrange a campus visit, explain the application process, and much more. For general information about CCA, you can also call the admissions office at +1 800-447-1ART, text the admissions office at +1 415-610-7004, or send an email to [email protected].

Youth programs and extension courses

For questions related to Youth Programs, please contact [email protected].

If you have questions regarding courses for adults, please email [email protected].

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