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Last updated on Jun 29, 2021

We are pleased to be able to return to some in-person instruction for summer 2021 and are making plans to welcome Pre-College students to our San Francisco campus. Pre-College studio courses will be held outdoors, within the campus grounds. We will continue to closely monitor the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and follow the guidance and recommendations of public health agencies. Our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our CCA community, as well as our neighbors and loved ones at home.

Please direct any questions to Pre-College Program Manager Rachel Gelenius at

Immerse yourself in an inspiring, creative community.

Make friends. Make art.

In-Person On Campus Program Dates: July 7-August 3, 2021 (4 weeks)

Online Program Dates: June 28-July 30, 2021 (5 weeks)

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Schedule a zoom meeting with Pre-College Program Manager Rachel Gelenius. You will be able to ask questions about the program, studio offerings, application and anything about Pre-College.

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In-Person Offerings

At CCA’s Pre-College Program, you’ll join a diverse group of creative thinkers and makers who share your passion for art and design. The program is open to all interested participants, those with little art and design experience and those with advanced skills.

Summer 2021 marks the first time that CCA’s Pre-College program will be scheduled in San Francisco! This summer we will not be offering housing due to the COVID situation. Students must be able to commute to campus. Participants will have the opportunity to take studio-focused, college-level courses to help push beyond concepts to portfolio-ready pieces while earning 3 college credits.


July 7-August 3, 2021 (4 weeks)


Artist as Activist



Industrial Design

Interior Design


Our setting is CCA’s San Francisco campus, our backdrop is the San Francisco Bay Area, home to powerhouse brands, remarkable tech companies, and world-class museums.

Online offerings, for students unable to join us in person.

These four studios all begin at 9 am PST Monday through Friday.

June 28-July 30 (5 weeks)

Animation 2D/3D (online)

Fashion Design (online)

Game Design (online)


If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be in art school, this is your time to grow as an individual and take your artwork to the next level.


  • The program is designed for students who will have just completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school by summer 2021. Students must be at least 15 by July 2021 and not older than 18 to attend.

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Rachel Gelenius