California College of the Arts (Oakland, CA)

Oakland, CA
Arts & Crafts
Preteens, Teens, Young Adults, Adults

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Experience with the Pre-College Program at Calif. College of the Arts?

Oct 2012

My 15 year old son is considering applying to attend the summer 2013 session of Calif. College of the Arts Pre-College program, in Oakland. I would greatly appreciate hearing from anyone about the experience other teens had in that program. Thank you. anon

My daughter had a very positive experience at the CCA pre-college summer program, and as someone who went to art school I can vouch for the high quality instruction it offers young artists. The teachers seemed energetic, fun and caring, and my daughter got a lot out of going. It definitely gives young students a chance to experience college level curriculum and the same level of discipline and focus necessary for a studio class at the college level. The program seemed to attract some very accomplished artistic students who were creating amazing work, as well as students who came to explore new mediums for the first time. Great program. I credit this program for preparing my daughter for her first college level drawing class that she took last spring as a sophmore in college. In fact, she used her CCA portfolio to convince her drawing teacher to allow her to enroll in the more advanced drawing class instead of the required beginning class. Hope your son will enjoy the program if he decides to go. Artist Mom

Feb 2011

We would really appreciate updated information from families who have experience at any of the arts schools, including Oakland School of the Arts, Marin School of the Arts, or San Francisco School for the Arts, especially in the theater arts programs (but if in other programs, about several factors in general). How are the academic classes and teachers? How is school and classroom culture? Any other information that might be relevant to our decision would be very welcome. We need to decide soon. jen

California College for the Arts (at College and Broadway in Oakland) offers a summer program. I took it during high school for 2 summers and it was FABULOUS. Comprehensive overview of drawing techniques at the time; they have probably updated the curriculum. It's worth asking them.

April 2006

Re: Art Camp or Workshop for my 14 year old
Call California College of the Arts on Clarement Avenue and ask for the Young Artist Studio Program. It offers excellent classes for middle schoolers and high schoolers. jdeloison

April 2006

Re: Art Camp or Workshop for my 14 year old My son attended California College for the Arts - they have a youth art program in the summer ( 2 week program) that was wonderful. All kids have to take life drawing and then there are many electives. The college is in Oakland at Broadway and 51st. I highly recommend the program. Professional artists taught and there was an excitement and energy. I would call right away as they fill up quickly. anon

April 2006

Hi, Does anyone have experience (good or bad) with the Young Artist Studio Program at the California College of the Arts? We're interested in sending our 12 year old to an art camp that is fun but also teaches technique. Any advice is appreciated. Tim

My son went for two years and we were really happy with the program. It is very serious and the teachers are professors at CCA. They don't teach down to the students at all, and have high expectations. It is definitely one of the best art experiences around for students of that age. Lucy

July 2001

Re: Beginning Adult Photographey Class
The California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland is fabulous! They have a wonderful darkroom and most of the teachers from whom I've taken courses are very patient but also talented.