Gregory Hurcomb, these marks are but fragments of us; installation in the CCA San Francisco Campus Nave


Our interdisciplinary community connects creativity to issues and industry. It's why we’re one of the world’s top-ranking art and design colleges.

Admissions at a glance

Applying to art school admissions at CCA is easy. Basic application requirements include the following materials:

Some applicants will need to submit additional materials with their application, such as language test scores, additional letters of recommendation, or more work samples for their portfolio. See individual requirements by applicant status below. First-year and transfer students can apply to college using the Common Application.

Apply based on your applicant status

Requirements vary based on the type of student you’ll be when you enter CCA. The information you provide helps us get the best picture possible of where you’d fit in, what you’re hoping to do here, and why you’ll thrive in our rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum. Select a link below to learn more.

Applicants have specific dates for admission and financial aid deadlines. If you have questions at any point in the application process, reach out to an Admissions team member for help. You’ll find our contact information and admissions deadlines below.


Submit your application on time to start making art that matters at CCA. Each deadline is determined by applicant status. Here are key due dates for submitting your admissions and scholarship applications. Priority applicants receive additional consideration.

Undergraduates: Fall semester

Aug 01

2020 undergraduate application becomes available

Apply for admission to CCA.

Nov 15

Undergraduate fall priority deadline: Early action

Deadline to submit application for an early response from CCA.

Feb 01

Undergraduate fall priority deadline: First-year scholarships

First-year applicants must submit application by this deadline to be considered for all undergraduate institutional scholarships, including diversity, merit, named, and all-college honors.

Mar 01

Undergraduate fall priority deadline: Transfer scholarships

Transfer applicants must submit application by this deadline to be considered for all undergraduate institutional scholarships, including diversity, merit, named, and all-college honors.

Jun 01

Undergraduate deadline to confirm attendance and submit deposit

Admitted undergraduate students must confirm attendance and submit the $300 enrollment deposit for the fall semester by this date.

Undergraduates: Spring semester

Oct 01

Undergraduate spring priority deadline for first-year and transfer students

Deadline for first-year and transfer applicants to submit applications for spring semester.

Graduate students

Nov 01

2020 graduate application becomes available

Apply for admission to CCA.

Jan 10

Graduate application priority deadline

Deadline to submit application for institutional scholarship consideration and admission for the following academic year. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Jun 01

Graduate deadline to confirm attendance and submit deposit

Admitted graduate students must confirm attendance and submit the $500 enrollment deposit for the fall semester by this date. MFA in Comics enrollment deposit deadline is April 15.

View of the San Francisco campus

Photo: Nicholas Lea Bruno

Go on a virtual tour

Explore where all the making happens on our Oakland and San Francisco campuses—from state-of-the-art studios to inspiring green spaces to places to enjoy lunch with friends. Click around campus at your own pace and get an in-depth look at how theory meets practice in our interdisciplinary settings.

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The value of a CCA education

Our graduates become creative leaders in their fields who make powerful contributions to society. So when they’re students, we offer many financial aid resources, including merit and institutional scholarships, and staff support to help maximize every aid opportunity. View 2019–2020 estimated total cost of attendance

Net price calculator

The net price calculator estimates what you can expect to pay for college with financial aid. By answering a few simple questions, you can get an estimate based on your eligibility for federal and state grants, as well as institutional merit and need-based aid at CCA. These calculations are based on CCA’s current financial aid awards and the cost of attendance. Select your enrollment status below to get an estimate.

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While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of CCA’s net price calculators, please know the result is an estimate only; it does not represent a final determination or actual award of financial assistance.

Architectural rendering of new residence hall, Founders Hall.

CCA's new residence hall at 188 Hooper Street, called Founders Hall, opens fall 2020.

A community of artist-citizens

Our residence halls offer you a chance to live and grow within a community of artist-citizens at the center of the Bay Area’s best art and design neighborhoods. CCA’s Housing and Residential Life’s new residence halls and dining facility foster student connections through open design and proximity to campus. Our mission is to provide an inclusive, welcoming living environment for all types of students.

Scholarship Student, Arleene, in her studio

Scholarship recipient Arleene Correa Valencia in her studio

Over 73% of students receive support

Every year, CCA awards more than $24.8 million in college-funded scholarships and over $49.8 million in combined scholarships, grants, loans, and employment to help you achieve your academic goals. To cover additional expenses, we can also help you find other funding, such as work-study, internships, and other resources.

CCA Career Development

Career services for what’s next

From mock interviews to resume prep to training, our comprehensive career service offerings help create a sustainable career pathway from first year forward.

CCA students and alumni meet and connect

Job and internship board

The CCA Handshake job board aggregates listings from more than 12,000 employers. Students and alumni can use the site to apply for opportunities, RSVP to events, and connect to career-movers and makers.

CCA career events and workshops are designed for success

2018 Career Expo

Career events and workshops

Attend professional meetups, training, and networking opportunities the Career Development office hosts all year long. Students and alumni are always welcome. Get notified about upcoming events here.

Schedule an appointment with a counselor

Our admissions counselors can help answer your questions about CCA, arrange a campus visit, explain the application process, and much more.

Contact your regional counselor

If your region isn’t listed, please email [email protected] to be connected with your counselor. International students should email [email protected] and transfer students should email [email protected].

Ana Scharfenaker

States: Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Nevada, North Carolina, and South Carolina
California counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura

Claudia Molina

States: Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Utah
California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, and Santa Clara

Columbia Shafer

States: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, and West Virginia
California counties: Sonoma and Napa

Tory Adkisson

States: Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
California counties: Marin, Sacramento, and Santa Cruz

Katie Lindsey

California county: San Francisco

Contact an Admissions counselor

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CCA Admissions

+1 415-610-7004 (call, text)

[email protected]
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Yuki Tsuchitani-Watson

Administrative Assistant

+1 415-703-9523 (call only)

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Carrie Dhillon

Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions

+1 415-529-4802 (call, text)

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Claudia Molina

Admissions Counselor

+1 415-853-3225 (call, text)

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Kress MacLaren

Assistant Director of International Recruitment

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Michael Rossi

Assistant Director for International Enrollment

+1 510-594-3687 (call only)

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Ana Scharfenaker, Admissions Counselor, CCA Admissions

Ana Scharfenaker

Admissions Counselor

+1 415-301-7081 (call, text)

[email protected]

Columbia Shafer

Senior Admissions Counselor

+1 415-802-1036 (call, text)

[email protected]
Emmitt Smith, Admissions Counselor, CCA Admissions

Emmitt Smith

Senior Graduate Admissions Counselor

+1 415-914-7721 (call, text)

[email protected]
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Tory Adkisson

Transfer Admissions Counselor

+1 415-914-9244 (call, text)

[email protected]
Katie Lindsey, Student Engagement and Communications Manager, CCA Admissions

Katie Lindsey

Student Engagement and Communications Manager

+1 415-915-7249 (call, text)

[email protected]

Shiraz Chavan

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

+1 415-903-6868 (call, text)

[email protected]
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David Murray

Director of Graduate Admissions

+1 415-703-9533 (call only)

[email protected]

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