StudentsReview :: California College of the Arts - How to Get into CCA (Undergraduate)
Search for Schools by Region

or within distance of city

Similar Schools
California Institute of the Arts -- Valencia, CA
Art Center College of Design -- Pasadena, CA
School of the Art Institute of Chicago -- Chicago, IL

  Who's got the Best?

Perceptual Rankings:
You Make 'Em.
We Post 'Em.
You Vote 'Em Up.
You Vote 'Em Down.
Aww yeah.

California College of the Arts

Students who got into CCA:

Tips mention: Interview (3), ACT/SAT (7), Grades (2), Sports/Extracurriculars (0), College Essay (3)
Transfered credits, submitted portfolio, interviewed with staff, filled outNov 03 2008Industrial Design
Transfered credits, submitted portfolio, interviewed with staff, filled out application, applied for financial aid and scholorships.
Submit portfolioSep 11 2008Design Arts - Industrial Design/Graphic Design/etc
Submit portfolio. The more quality it has the better. And take as many AP classes as you can, especially humanities, like AP english (2AP english classes would be perfect, so you can waive both requirements), AP Calculus and AP Art of course. It will help in a long run. And submit work for all scholarships possible and all financial aid opportunities.
SAT: 1800 Female
Slide portfolio (16 images of recent work)Jan 06 2008Fine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
Slide portfolio (16 images of recent work). An Essay, and three letters of recommendation. I also went to a national portfolio review day and interviewed with CCA, and they gave me high remarks which I provided with my application. I also took the English AP and Studio AP test, I received a 4 and 5 respectively and provided those results as well.

Make sure the work you submit with your portfolio is thematically coherent (they love that). Meaning a clear series of work that connects to one another.
SAT: 1150 Male

On the essay I recommend you answer the question,Aug 27 2007Art & Design Department
On the essay I recommend you answer the question, but to be yourself in it.This is what they are looking for, if you really have compassion to work in the arts.Also make sure your portfolio has some drawings from life. Still life or figure studies.

A complete CCA application includes five requirements:

1. Application and fee
2. Personal essay
3. Transcripts
4. Two letters of recommendations
5. Portfolio

CCA recommends you participate in interviews, or National Portfolio Days, as well as the submission of your SAT, ACT, or AP test scores for placement exam waivers.

Application and Fee

An application form is included in the printed catalog. You may also apply online.

You must submit the completed application and the nonrefundable $50 application fee to the Enrollment Services Office.

CCA honors the College Board Application Fee Waiver Form.

Personal Essay

A one- to two-page essay must accompany the application. The essay is considered part of your portfolio. It allows us to learn more about you and is your opportunity to help us complete the picture of you, in addition to your grades, portfolio, test scores, and recommendations.

Your essay should address the major influences on your decision to pursue art, architecture, design, or writing, and may include one of the following additional topics:

* Describe a personal hardship or barrier that you have had to overcome and explain how it has affected your education or academic performance.
* Based on your life experience, describe your understanding of cultural differences, how this understanding was acquired, and how it has affected you.
* Artists often work on projects that involve, reflect, or influence their community. Tell us about a project you have been involved with that has made a difference to your community.

You must submit an official transcript from your high school showing proof of graduation or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Official, sealed transcripts from your high school must be sent from the school directly to the Enrollment Services Office.

If you have attended college and received college credit while in high school, please submit official transcripts from the college(s) attended.

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 10–12) and details of curriculum you are pursuing through any public or private agency (including community college transcripts, if applicable).
Two Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation from current or recent instructors or school counselors must be submitted to the Enrollment Services Office. If you do not have access to instructors, you may include letters from employers or other professional references. There is no special form for these letters.

The letters should be sent in sealed envelopes directly to CCA or mailed with your application.

A portfolio representing your art experience must be submitted to the Enrollment Services Office. The portfolio consists of your artwork and a personal essay. The portfolio allows the admissions committee to gain an understanding of your interests, experience, and creative potential.

CCA recognizes that students enter college with diverse artistic backgrounds; therefore, portfolios are evaluated on an individual basis, keeping in mind the specific educational background and experiences of each applicant.

See Portfolio Preparation for more information.

While an interview is not required, prospective students are invited to meet with an admissions representative at National Portfolio Days, college-sponsored events, or a scheduled appointment on either campus throughout the year.

Test Scores : If your test scores aren't great, be sure to have a good essay and a good portfolio.They look at the portfolio before the test scores.

SAT I or ACT scores are highly recommended. You may also submit your AP and IB exam scores. SAT, ACT, AP, and IB exam scores may be used in waiving placement exams upon entering CCA.

Increasingly CCA is a more competitive school to getDec 07 2005Fine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
Increasingly CCA is a more competitive school to get into...CCA is looking for real talent and yourself, show your best work, put your best foot the end it comes down to your portfolio. Make sure YOUR portfolio reflects what you think is your best, not what your teacher thinks, your parents, etc. CCA is about what you think and about how you are most able to describe your position and thoughts.
Compare CCASave CCA

StudentsReview Advice!

• What is a good school?
• Statistical Significance
• How to choose a Major
• How to choose your Career
• What you make of it?
• How Ivy League Admissions works
• On the Student/Faculty Ratio

• FAFSA: Who is a Parent?
• FAFSA: Parent Contribution
• FAFSA: Dream out of reach

• College Financial Planning
• Survive College and Graduate
• Sniffing Out Commuter Schools
• Preparing for College: A HS Roadmap
• Talking to Your Parents about College.
• Is a top college worth it?
• Why is college hard?
• Why Kids Aren't Happy in Traditional Schools
• Essential College Tips
Ah, college. Considered by many to be the time of a young person's lif... more→
• Cost of College Increasing Faster Than Inflation
According to NPR, the cost of college... more→
• For parents filling out the FAFSA and PROFILE (from a veteran paper slinger)
Just so you know, filling out these forms is a lot more than penciling... more→
• How to choose the right college?
My name is Esteban Correa. I am currently a second year INTERNATIONAL ... more→
• Create The Right Career Habits Now
Getting ahead in your career can be easier if you make the choice to b... more→

• Senior Year (Tips and experience)
It's the end of junior year and everyone is anticipating the arrival o... more→
• Informational Overload! What Should I Look For in a College or University?
We are in an instant information age, where you can find almost anythi... more→
• Personality Type and College Choice
Personality type is something very important to consider when deciding... more→
• A Free Application is a Good Application
As a senior finishing her scholastic year, I feel that it is my duty ... more→

• College Academic Survival Guide
The leap from high school to college academics is not an insignificant... more→
• Getting Involved: The Key to College Happiness
As a tour guide, the absolute, most frequently asked question I got wa... more→
• Choose a Path, Not a Major
Unless you're one of the fortunate souls who's already found their cal... more→
• The Scoop on State Schools
A recent college graduate, I vividly remember touring campuses as a p... more→

• The Purpose of a Higher Education
You are one of the millions of people this year applying for admission... more→
• The Importance of Choosing the Right College Major (2012)
One of the most important academic choices you'll make while in colleg... more→
• How to choose a college major
I was not sure what college major to choose. When you are in your late... more→
• How to guarantee your acceptance to many colleges
Are your grades are not what you think they should be from high school... more→

• Nailing the College Application Process
College applications seem to always be put on top of students procrast... more→
• What to do for a Successful Interview
Interviews seem to become more commonplace in every facet of life as o... more→
• I Don't Know Where to Start (General College Advice)
Preparing for college is a difficult time for every student and it?s o... more→
• Attitude and Dress Code for an Interview (General College Advice)
An interview is something we all have to go through when we get a job... more→

• Starting College (General College Advice)
College is a huge milestone in your life. You?ve seen the castle like ... more→
• Boston Apartment lease: Watch out!

Are you a student and about to sign the very first lease in your li... more→

• What college is right for you?
When thinking about their choices for colleges, many students and pare... more→