Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the dates of the program?                                                                                                                                               Monday, July 9 - Friday, August 3, 2018.

What is the anticipated time commitment?
Making Architecture will run Monday through Friday, from 9am to 4pm. Students can expect to spend an additional 10-20 hours during evenings and weekends working on their design projects.

Where does the program take place?
Making Architecture will take place in the architecture studios at CCA’s San Francisco campus at 1111 8th Street, San Francisco CA.

Is housing provided for students coming from out of town?
Housing is very limited and will be granted in the order in which applications are received. Students in need of housing are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Making Architecture has reserved a small number of private rooms for students at The Panoramic, a new, modern micro-apartment building located in the heart of San Francisco's bustling South of Market district, approximately one mile from CCA's main campus.  These rooms will be available to applicants on a first come first served basis at an additional cost.  See this link for more info and costs. 

What's the deadline to apply?
The priority deadline to apply is March 15, or until full. Seats may still be available -- please contact the program office at to check on availability.
Individuals in need of housing are encouraged to apply early (see above).  Late applications for housing will not be accepted.

I missed the application deadline. Can I still apply?
Please contact the Making Architecture program office at to see if the course is still open to receive applications.

How much does the program cost?
Tuition for the 4-week program is $3400, in addition to a nonrefundable $50 registration fee.  Limited housing may be available for an additional cost.  See below for more information about housing.

What is the deadline to pay?
Tuition and housing payments are due in full by June 15, or upon acceptance for those admitted to the program after that date.  Placement is not guaranteed until all fees are paid in full.

Is financial aid available?
Please note that financial aid and scholarships are not available through CCA at this time.

What is your refund policy?
Withdrawals must be requested in written form on.  Withdrawals requested on or before June 1 will be accompanied by an 100% refund of tuition and housing payments, minus the non-refundable $50 registration fee.  Withdrawals requested June 2 through June 15 will be accompanied by a 50% refund, minus the non-refundable $50 registration fee.  After June 15, no refunds will be processed.

I don’t have a background in architecture. Can I still attend this program?
Yes!  Making Architecture is designed for those without a background in architecture, who are interested in pursuing a professional degree in the discipline.

I’m an international student.  Should I apply to this program?
Starting in 2018 we are able to issue an I-20 in order for international students to obtain an F-1 visa to participate in this program.  Please check back soon for more details on international applications. If you have another immigration status or are already in the United States, please contact us at for additional eligibility information. 

English is not my primary language.  Do I need to submit proof of English proficiency?  
A TOEFL score is required for all international students with the exception of citizens of countries in which English is the official language.  Please see additional information on CCA requirements here. We may require a TOEFL score from any student for whom English is not a primary language, at our discretion.  Please note, English fluency is essential for the successful completion of this program.

What computer resources are provided?
Making Architecture students will have access to CCA’s computer labs throughout the duration of the program. CCA computers will be installed with the necessary software. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops if they have the proper software installed: Adobe Creative Suite (including Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign), and Rhinoceros 3D with Grasshopper plug-in.

Do I need to bring my own materials?
CCA will provide basic model-making tools and materials to get students started. Students should expect to purchase additional materials throughout the program as their design projects develop. 

Is there academic credit for completing this program?
Yes. Successful completion of Making Architecture is equivalent to 3 course credits.

When will I be notified of the admissions decision?
Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  If it has been more than two weeks since you submitted your application, please contact us at