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California College of the Arts

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Tips mention: Interview (3), ACT/SAT (7), Grades (2), Sports/Extracurriculars (0), College Essay (3)
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.

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.

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