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California College of the Arts

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You don't needMay 10 2017Unknown
You don't need SAT or ACT scores to get in. Just a portfolio.
Visit the campuses, talk toFeb 08 2016Fine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
Visit the campuses, talk to actual students not just the reps, check out the galleries (online and in person) to see what types of work come out of there, research the faculty to see if there are some you want to work with.
I went to a national portfolio day and showedNov 02 2011Other
I went to a national portfolio day and showed mostly photos and paintings, the guy said it was the best portfolio he'd seen all day and waived my application. If you have an SAT score average or better, they'll love you. It's honestly not that hard to get in.
SAT: 1930 Male
I am a poor ass bastard, literally! I'm aApr 19 2009Fine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
I am a poor ass bastard, literally! I'm a one-night stand baby, (the financial lady assured me however it aint so uncommon, didn't really help my FAFSA, wtf? ha ha. Since high school, my Mama's health has been terrible and keeps her out of work, we survived on food stamps, the whole 9 yards on the system. And look I go to CCA!!! True story!
If your get decently good grades in high school, you'll get financial aid, I can only speak for CA residents. . .the Cal Grant saves my life. Do your research, shake down the government, where ever you live!

Truly be passionate about what your creating, no matter whose fronting the dime, the Government, your parents, gosh golly you?! Make it worth your while, it's expensive, but luckily for all us poor kids who never got new clothes to k-12 and never got braces, fancy art college is affordable, ha ha!

No matter what your background is, be passionate. Be articulate, and ask your self, what do I really want to do with my life? I always think people with diverse interests/passions make the best artists, just be true to yourself, trust your self, and be real, give it all you got, and you'll most definitely get in CCA. For older students, like "real" grown-ups, not just that you can grow a hip beard, etc. CCA may not be worth it as a full time student, I'd say test the waters, before diving in, because it does have the dominant energy and awkwardness of early 20 year olds. I'm only 22 and I get annoyed! I always appreciate the rebel rousers in class, because they at least say something, and shake things up (in stimulating ways, not destructive ones). But again, it's your education, it's up to you to make it your own defined best, and I assure you my dears, if you do that, you won't be disappointed in the very least! Good Luck! Namaste.

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

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