Pre-College programs at AICAD schools offer high school school students a unique opportunity to "try-out" art & design school during the summer before their 3rd year or final year of secondary school. Pre-College programs range in duration but are typically 6 weeks long and are designed to give students a real college experience. Students choose an area of focus/major, live in the college dorms and follow a college-level studio curriculum with other like-minded students from around the world.
Eligible students are considered through an application process which may or may not include an essay, a letter of recommendation and samples of artwork. Students and families can also apply for various forms of financial aid and scholarships.
The following AICAD schools offer Pre-College programs:
CSSSA is a rigorous, preprofessional, month-long training program in the visual and performing arts, creative writing, animation and film for talented artists of high school age. Its purpose is to provide a training ground for future artists who wish to pursue careers in the arts and entertainment industries in California. California residents enrolled in grades nine through twelve may apply to attend CSSSA. Students from outside of California may also apply and are admitted each year.
Students apply for admission within regular application guidelines (identifying themselves as CSSSA alum) and CSSSA scholarship awards are made by the admissions department directly.
All students who have completed CSSSA, are eligible to be considered for college scholarships from several affiliated AICAD schools (should they gain admission), including: