Apply to California College of the Arts

Here’s how to apply for admission to the best value art and design school in the country.


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Two ways to submit your application

CCA practices rolling admissions, which means applications can be submitted for review after the priority deadlines listed below; however, if you wish to be considered for merit and diversity scholarships, you should apply by the priority deadline appropriate to you. Need-based scholarships will continue to be awarded to qualified applicants who submit a late application.

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Fall 2022 enrollment timeline

August 1, 2021: Application becomes available
November 15, 2021: Early action deadline for first-year applications
February 1, 2022: Priority deadline for first-year applications
March 1, 2022: Priority deadline for transfer applications

Spring 2023 enrollment timeline

August 1, 2022: Application becomes available
October 1, 2022: Priority deadline for first-year and transfer applications


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CCA application and program requirements

To apply to a CCA graduate program, visit our online application list in SlideRoom, select the program or dual-degree program application of your choice, create an account, and submit all required application materials. Please note: There is no separate scholarship application, and CCA does not require GRE scores.

Applications submitted by the graduate priority deadline will be given consideration for institutional merit scholarships as well as priority processing for application reviews with faculty. Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a rolling basis.

Individual program application requirements

Graduate key dates

  • September 1: 2022 application becomes available
  • January 15: Priority deadline for 2022 graduate applications


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Our admissions counselors can help answer your questions about CCA, arrange a campus visit, explain the application process, and much more. For general information about CCA, you can also call the admissions office at +1 800-447-1ART, text the admissions office at +1 415-610-7004, or send an email to [email protected].

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