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How is CCA able to offer in-person on campus classes during COVID?

CCA is excited to be able to schedule a number of in-person on campus Pre-College studios for summer 2021. We are able to do so because we have an expansive enclosed outdoor area within our San Francisco campus in which to hold classes. CCA's Back Lot is a multipurpose outdoor space for recreation, community, learning and this summer home to Pre-College. Each studio will have a designated work space (under an individual tent, think outdoor wedding) with all students and instructors adhering to health and safety protocols in effect for July 2021. Additional structures are in place to protect against the elements. Enrollment is limited.

Architecture - 10 students

Artist as Activist - 10 students

Comics - 10 students

Illustration/Drawing - 18 students

Industrial Design - 10 students

Interior Design - 10 students

Painting/Drawing - 18 students

Creative Writing - 10 students - Will be held at our CCA’s Writer’s Studio, Deharo Gardens, one block from the main campus building.

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.

There will be COVID-related protocols that all on campus students and parents/guardians will need to agree to (in writing) before arriving on campus. Because this is an evolving situation, students will receive this information three weeks prior to the start of the program.

How often should I check my email?

All program notifications, including application confirmation, studio placement, scholarship awards, and registration information, will be send via email. It is very important to check your email on a regular basis. If you do not have an email address that you check regularly, please apply using a parent or guardian's email address.

Do my high school transcripts have to be received before you look at my application?

Yes. Your application is not considered complete until we receive a copy of your transcript(s). Transcripts can be uploaded onto your application, or emailed to Youth Programs and Continuing Education

Transcripts must include grades from Fall 2020. We recommend that you order transcripts from your high school as soon as possible in the spring. Most schools take at least two weeks to send out a transcript. Please be aware that high school administrative offices often close during spring break and your transcript request may not get processed during that week.

Will I be notified when the college receives my application?

Yes. An email will be sent to the address provided once your application has been processed. Please allow up to 2 weeks to process applications.

What’s the average amount of a scholarship award?

CCA awards a significant number of Pre-College scholarships each year. Merit scholarships range from $500 to $2,000. Because the number of students applying for scholarships and their financial need varies from year to year, it is not possible for us to state what the average need-based scholarship will be for summer 2021.

We do our very best to distribute our scholarship money so that as many applicants as possible may be able to attend our program. Some students only need a few hundred dollars, some students need $1,000, some students need more.

In addition to demonstrated financial need, applicants with strong artwork and high GPAs receive the most financial support.

Scholarships are for tuition only.

Need-based scholarships are only available for U.S. citizens

Do I have to pay the application fee and deposits, if I am applying for scholarship?

Yes. Scholarships are for tuition only.

How many pieces should I include in my scholarship portfolio?

For artwork, please submit only five to eight pieces that reflect your best work. Creative Writing applicants should submit two to five pages of writing samples.

What is the best way to submit my portfolio for scholarship consideration?

Applicants may submit their portfolio for review online using SlideRoom ($10 fee). Please label each piece with your full name, media, dimensions, and year completed. If you submit photographs, please indicate whether they were printed commercially or by you.

What is the attendance policy?

Students are expected to arrive to all classes on time. Three late arrivals or early departures (10 minutes) will count as one absence. Absences will negatively impact the student's grade. Parents will be notified after the second absence in any class. Three unexcused absences in a given course will constitute a failing grade.

When will I get my grade?

An unofficial copy of your grade will be mailed to you 4–6 weeks after the program ends. To obtain an official copy of your CCA transcripts, please see Student Records.

How can I get a copy of my official CCA Pre-College transcripts?

Detailed instructions on how to order official transcripts can be found in the CCA Student Handbook.

How do I find out more about CCA undergraduate programs?