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Application Requirements

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Your application to the 2021 Pre-College Program must include the following:

  • High school transcript (With Fall 2020 grades)
  • CCA Pre-College Application
  • Application fee: $50 (nonrefundable). Once you submit your application you will be sent a link to pay the application fee. Please allow 24 hours for link to be sent.

All applications submitted after May 8 must be paid in full at the time of application. Please contact the Pre-College Program Manager to inquire about studio availability.

The following applicants have additional requirements:

  • Scholarship applicants - Scholarship deadline: Monday, March 22
  1. All required materials for application to the program including 2021 Pre-College application and application fee.
  2. A portfolio consisting of five to eight pieces of your artwork. 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.
  3. A half-page essay describing your artistic interests and goals, and the reasons for your interest in attending CCA’s Pre-College Program.

Additional Items for need-based applications:

  1. A copy of your family’s 2019 US federal income-tax return. Your family should also document any child support received (or paid) and any other money received that is not reported on the tax return.
  2. A written statement by a parent/guardian, high school counselor, or art teacher describing why you need financial assistance to attend the program.

Eligible students 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 no older than 18.

Online Application

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All Pre-College applications are submitted online. The online application for Summer 2021 is open.

Please apply using an email address that you check regularly, as all communication from the program, including studio placements, scholarship decisions, and registration confirmation, will be sent via email.

You will receive a confirmation email once your application has been received and processed.

Transcripts

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Transcripts can be uploaded onto your online application, or emailed directly from your high school to the CCA Pre-College Office at rgelenius@cca.edu

Grades from fall 2020 must be included.

All transcripts must be in English or accompanied by a certified English translation of the original. Home-schooled applicants should submit detailed syllabi of courses (equivalent to grades 9–12) and details of curriculum you are pursuing through any public or private agency (including community college transcripts, if applicable).

Studio Selection

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Completed applications are processed and reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. An application will not be reviewed until all materials—including transcripts, fees, and scholarship materials, if applicable—are received. Within two weeks of receiving your completed program application, we will email you an admission notification including studio placement.

Early application is recommended. Because space in each studio is limited, we cannot guarantee placement in your first choice. In the event that your first choice is full, you will be waitlisted and placed in the next available studio selection.

You will be notified immediately if space becomes available in a studio for which you are waitlisted.

Important Dates & Deadlines

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Tuesday, January 12

CCA begins accepting Pre-College applications

Program applications are accepted on a rolling basis. You will be notified of studio placement within two weeks of receiving your completed application.

Monday, March 22

Scholarship application deadline

All need-based and merit scholarship applications must be postmarked on or before March 22. Scholarship applications postmarked after this date will not be eligible for scholarship consideration .

Monday, March 29

Scholarship notification

Scholarship applicants who meet the March 22 deadline will be notified of awards via email by March 26th

Friday, April 2

Deposit deadline

A nonrefundable tuition deposit. Deposits are applied to total tuition and are due two weeks after your admission notification. For scholarship applicants the deposit deadline is Friday, April 2. Instructions on how to pay your deposits will be included in your admission notification email.

Saturday, May 8

Balance and enrollment documents due

The tuition balance, all enrollment documents, required signatures, and proof of health insurance are due by May 8 or two weeks after your acceptance date, whichever is later.

After May 8, any application submitted must include tuition and fees (if applicable) paid in full.

You may pay by Visa, American Express, Discover or MasterCard. Failure to pay your tuition and fees in full by the deadline could lead to forfeiture of your studio selection.

Scholarships

Need-Based Scholarships

Tuition scholarship assistance is available to those with documented financial need. We do our very best to distribute our scholarship money so that as many applicants as possible are able to attend CCA Pre-College. Need-based awards can range from $500 to $3,000.

Award amounts are based on a student's academic achievement, demonstrated artistic promise, financial need and scholarship essays. Need-based scholarships are for US citizens only.

Students who submit all required scholarship application materials for a need-based scholarship by March 22 are automatically considered for a merit scholarship.

Merit Scholarships

CCA offers a limited number of highly competitive merit scholarships in amounts ranging from $500 - $2,000. Awards are based on a student's creative ability (as demonstrated by their portfolio), academic achievement (GPA), and scholarship essay.

Marcella Cleese Scholarship

In addition to scholarships awarded by the college, at least one annual full-tuition scholarship is awarded in memory of Marcella Cleese through a generous endowment created by her friends.

Applying for Scholarships

All of the following items must be postmarked by March 22 for scholarship consideration.

For both need-based and merit applications:

  • All required materials for application to the program including 2021 Pre-College application and application fee.
  • A half-page essay describing your artistic interests and goals, and the reasons for your interest in attending CCA’s Pre-College Program.
  • A portfolio consisting of five to eight pieces of your artwork. 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. Due to the possibility of lost, stolen, or damaged artwork, the college cannot accept delivery of original pieces of art.
  • If you submit photographs, please indicate whether they were printed commercially or by you.

Creative Writing applicants should submit two to five pages of writing samples. To upload with your online application, you must save your writing samples as PDFs.

Additional Items for need-based applications:

  • A copy of your family’s 2019 US federal income-tax return. Your family should also document any child support received (or paid) and any other money received that is not reported on the tax return.

On an individual basis, where necessary, CCA may request further financial documentation. You will not be considered for scholarships if you do not include the 2019 US tax return.

  • A written statement by a parent/guardian, high school counselor, or art teacher describing why you need financial assistance to attend the program.

See FAQ for answers to commonly asked scholarship questions.

International Students

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Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 CCA’s Pre-College program will be unable to host international students in person, on campus, this summer. International students are invited to enroll in a CCA online Pre-College course instead. We look forward to being able to welcome international students back to campus for summer 2022.

English Language Proficiency

International students must have strong English language skills as the Pre-College program is conducted in English only.

All applicants with citizenship from a country where English is not the national language are required to upload one of the following English language proficiency test scores with their Pre-College application:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

CCA Pre-College requires a minimum TOEFL score of 550 PBT or 80 iBT

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

CCA Pre-College requires a minimum IELTS score of 6.5

  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

CCA Pre-College requires a minimum Pearson score of 58

  • Duolingo (online English test)

CCA Pre-College requires a minimum Duolingo score of 110

Alternative to the English proficiency test requirement

Minimum three years' attendance at an English-speaking secondary school in the U.S. or at an international school with English as a medium of instruction. We will review your transcript to evaluate that you have received the equivalent of a "C" or higher in your regular English classes. We do not accept ESL/ELL/ELD classes.

If you believe you should be exempt from taking a proof of English language proficiency test, please email Rachel Gelenius / rgelenius@cca.edu