Welcome to CCA!
California College of the Arts has enhanced the graduate-student experience:
- development of new award-winning graduate studios and facilities
- the augmentation of our stellar faculty body with new tenure-track faculty and international visiting artists
- the growth of new graduate programs that provide a deep interdisciplinary dialogue for all students
We have also built many bridges with Bay Area companies and organizations to pave the way to your career after graduation.
CCA's faculty, administration, and staff expect you to be deeply engaged not only within your program but also with the other resources at the college as well as with the remarkably creative community that surrounds us.
With great anticipation, your families, friends, and campus community are preparing to welcome and support you for this important milestone.
Nine Steps to a Successful Orientation
Step 1: Read the Enrollment Guide
The Enrollment Guide contains comprehensive information regarding financial aid, academic advising, health insurance, and more. A new student checklist is provided with instructions leading up to new student orientation.
Step 2: Activate your CCA email
Once your deposit is received, set up your CCA email address. If you have any issues with your account, Educational Technology Services can assist you.
Step 3: Activate your WebAdvisor account
You should now have full access to WebAdvisor, a web-based tool that allows you to review your academic and financial information, search for courses, emergency contacts, and update your address.
Your emergency contacts must be filled out prior to attending orientation. To do this, log in to WebAdvisor, under “Students Menu” select “User Account".
An “Emergency Contacts” link is located at the top left-hand corner of the page.
Step 4: Read CCA Laptop Initiative & Recommendations
The Student Computing Recommendations and Requirements outlines the Educational Technology Services department’s computing recommendations for all incoming students.
Step 5: Determine Health Insurance Eligibility
All students who are registered in 12 or more units per semester (9 units per semester for all graduate students) are considered full-time students. They are, therefore, required to have health insurance coverage.
The college has secured a group health insurance policy (a Kaiser Permanente HMO) that provides year-round coverage.
Part-time students are ineligible for CCA student health insurance.
Health Insurance Waiver
You may waive CCA's coverage by submitting an online waiver application before the end of the add/drop period. A student's own health insurance must meet minimum coverage requirement to qualify for an approved waiver.
Learn more: Health Insurance Waiver Application & FAQ
Step 6: Register on the job board, CCA Works for Work-Study and local part-time Positions
The job board contains Work-Study and local area part-time positions and internships, exclusively for CCA students. The Federal Work-Study Program affords students the opportunity for part-time employment to help defray educational costs. Funds are awarded on a need basis to students applying for financial aid.
Student job listings are posted on CCA's job board at CCA Works.
Step 7: Read the Student Handbook
The Student Handbook serves as a guide to the programs, policies, procedures, requirements, and resources of CCA.
Students are strongly encouraged to read the entire handbook.
Step 8: Take the Pre-Orientation Survey
Share what you know about CCA, so we can improve orientation! Students who complete the pre-orientation survey (and post-) will receive a gift and an opportunity to enter into a drawing!
Step 9: Join Graduate Student Alliance (GSA) on Facebook
Graduate Student Alliance directors are fellow students who play an integral role in advocating and funding events for the graduate student community.
Add "CCA GSA" to your Facebook page and get connected with other current CCA graduate students.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org more info about graduate student orientation.
Contact your desired graduate program directly for program-specific information:
Master of Architecture (MArch)
Master of Advanced Architecture Design (MAAD)
Curatorial Practice (MA)
Fine Arts (MFA)
MBA in Design Strategy
MBA in Public Policy Design
MBA in Strategic Foresight
MFA in Comics
MFA in Film
Visual and Critical Studies (MA)
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