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Graduate Student Orientation

Welcome to California College of the Arts!

AA: Students at Project Wall

California College of the Arts has enhanced the graduate-student experience:

  • development of new award-winning graduate studios and facilities
  • the augmentation of our stellar faculty body with new tenure-track faculty and international visiting artists
  • the growth of new graduate programs that provide a deep interdisciplinary dialogue for all students

We have also built many bridges with Bay Area companies and organizations to pave the way to your career after graduation.

CCA's faculty, administration, and staff expect you to be deeply engaged not only within your program but also with the other resources at the college as well as with the remarkably creative community that surrounds us.

With great anticipation, your families, friends, and campus community are preparing to welcome and support you for this important milestone.

Save the Date: 2019 Fall Orientation

  • Tuesday, August 27
  • San Francisco campus
  • New students are required to attend.

6 Steps to a Successful Orientation

Step 1: Read the Admitted Graduate Students' Webpage

  • The 10 Easy Steps to Enrollment contains comprehensive information regarding financial aid, health insurance, and more. A new student checklist is provided with instructions leading up to new student orientation.

Step 2: Read CCA Laptop Initiative & Recommendations

  • The Student Computing Recommendations and Requirements outlines the Educational Technology Services department’s computing recommendations for all incoming students.
  • Students are required to comply with the CCA Laptop Initiative.
  • Retail and discount opportunities are also available online at the CCA Computer Store.

Step 3: Determine Health Insurance Eligibility

  • Health Insurance
    • All students who are registered in 12 or more units per semester (9 units per semester for all graduate students) are considered full-time students. They are, therefore, required to have health insurance coverage.
    • The college has secured a group health insurance policy (an Aetna PPO plan) that provides year-round coverage.
    • Part-time students are ineligible for CCA student health insurance.
  • Online Waiver FAQ
    • You may waive CCA's coverage by submitting an online waiver application before the end of the add/drop period.
    • A student's own health insurance must meet minimum coverage requirement to qualify for an approved waiver.

Step 4: Read the Student Handbook

  • The Student Handbook serves as a guide to the programs, policies, procedures, requirements, and resources of CCA.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to read the entire handbook.

Step 5: Join Graduate Student Alliance (GSA) on Facebook

  • Graduate Student Alliance (GSA) directors are fellow students who play an integral role in advocating and funding events for the graduate student community.
  • Add "CCA GSA" to your Facebook page and get connected with other current CCA graduate students.


Email more info about graduate student orientation.

Contact your desired graduate program directly for program-specific information.