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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.

Note regarding COVID-19 coronavirus from CCA Pre-College:

We understand that families may be having uncertainty about their summer plans, but want to assure you that CCA plans to move forward with this summer's Pre-College program. We are excited to support high school students' success and look forward to welcoming everyone to campus in late June.

That said, we are of-course carefully monitoring the current COVID-19 coronavirus situation on an ongoing basis and will post any changes in plans here.

Please reach out to Rachel Gelenius, Pre-College Program Manager, at with any questions or concerns.


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 are now open. Please click the link below:

Online Application

Please note once you submit your application you will be sent a link to pay the application fee.

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

We have extended our Scholarship deadline to Friday, April 3!

CCA awards both merit and need-based scholarships for our Pre-College program.

Scholarship information may be found here.

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Rachel Gelenius, Pre-College Program Manager