Each online application requires an untimed writing sample or essay (of at least 250 words).

The essay is a vital portion of your application where we learn more about you. Think of the essay as your opportunity to give us a more complete picture of you, in addition to your grades, portfolio, and recommendations.

Essays and writing samples are encouraged to address the major influences on your decision to pursue art, architecture, design, or writing.

The writing sample should also address how you see yourself contributing to the CCA community, specifically with respect to the college’s values, summarized below.

CCA's Values

CCA understands the important role of artists, designers, architects, and writers in solving social, cultural, environmental, and economic problems.

The educational experience we provide is geared toward helping students

  • cultivate intellectual curiosity, risk-taking, collaboration, innovation, compassion, and integrity
  • foster social justice and community engagement
  • promote diversity on our campuses
  • advocate sustainability and environmental responsibility