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Immerse yourself in an inspiring, creative community.

Make friends. Make art.

Summer 2020 Program Dates: June 22 - July 17

At CCA’s Pre-College Program, you’ll join a diverse group of creative thinkers and makers that have one thing in common: the pursuit of purposeful work.

Our setting is CCA’s lush Oakland campus, where studio-focused, college-level courses help you push beyond concepts to portfolio-ready pieces.

Our backdrop is the San Francisco Bay Area, home to powerhouse brands, remarkable tech companies, and world-class museums—all easily reachable by BART train or rideshare.

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 completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school by summer 2020. Students must be at least 15 by June 2020 and not older than 18 to attend.

Online Application

Applications for summer 2020 will open on January 8

Please email ( or call (510.594.3638) for space availability in specific studios.

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Rachel Gelenius, Pre-College Program Manager