More than 100 years ago, CCA was founded with the radical goal of merging theory and practice to engage communities through the power of art and craft. That’s still our jam today.
Even though things look a little different on campus than they did in 1907 (hello, 3D printers), our approach to teaching art, design, architecture, and writing balances traditional skill-building with future-focused experimentation.
It’s your turn to make a transformation
Select your pathway
To best imagine your future at CCA, first-year students should continue on this page to learn about the undergraduate experience, and transfer, graduate, or international students should select from the options below.
CCA students learn how to use their skills to actively shape the future and make work that makes a difference. This distinctive mission of ours is achieved through supportive hands-on learning and a radically creative spirit that can only be found in the Bay Area.
Here are stories of undergraduate students, alumni, and faculty learning to look at the world in a new way and find solutions to modern-day problems, no matter their discipline.
Students find their voice at CCA
A campus that learns by doing
Small classes and mentorship from diverse faculty
Our professors are accomplished educators, scholars, professional practitioners, and researchers. Just like our student population, diversity of faculty is important to us: 33% of tenure-track and tenured faculty identify as people of color, and 47% of tenure track and tenured faculty are female-identifying (49% overall).
Faculty of expert practitioners
As part of your CCA admissions application, you’ll submit a compilation of work through our online submission portal. This portfolio for first-year students should include 10 to 15 examples of your best and most recent work. You can share images, videos, audio, and PDFs.
Your portfolio helps us make admissions and scholarship decisions. It can feel vulnerable to share your work, especially in this capacity, but don’t be nervous! We encourage all forms of creativity and are excited by unique modes of personal expression, so don’t be shy in showing us you. We’re looking for potential—not perfection.
Connect one-on-one with a counselor
Text, call, email, or schedule an appointment with a member of our Admissions team! We can answer questions, provide feedback on your portfolio, arrange a campus visit, and help with pretty much anything else that comes up along your journey to freshman year.
At CCA, you’ll connect with a range of visiting artists, scholars, entrepreneurs, and others thanks to our access to the Bay Area’s influential art and design communities and business industries. Here are two ways to follow along now and learn more about our undergraduate programs.
Undergraduate Admissions Events
Register now for these valuable informational events for prospective undergraduate students, including Q+As with program chairs, current students, alumni, and faculty; discussions with admissions and financial aid counselors; and guided virtual tours of our campuses.
CCA Events Calendar
Many upcoming events in our virtual spaces are free and open to the public, including weekly chats with faculty from various divisions.
Events for prospective students and their families
Wednesday, June 16 – Portfolio Workshop: Need some help getting started with your portfolio? At this free, virtual workshop, a CCA admissions counselor will share tips on how to curate your portfolio, what to include, and ways to help you make it stand out! Plus, we’ll share examples of work and answer your questions about the application process.
Thursday, June 17 – Transfer Pathways Info Session: Learn about the transfer admissions process at CCA, and get tips on how to plan and prepare starting as a student in high school. We’ll talk about our academic programs, transfer credit opportunities, and community college partner institutions. This presentation serves as an educational resource for you to make the best possible decision for your academic future.
Wednesday, July 14 – Portfolio Workshop: Need some help getting started with your portfolio? At this free, virtual workshop, a CCA admissions counselor will share tips on how to curate your portfolio, what to include, and ways to help you make it stand out! Plus, we’ll share examples of work and answer your questions about the application process.