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The California State Summer School for the Arts is a creative, cutting-edge, immersive program in the visual and performing arts, creative writing, animation and film for talented and dedicated artists of high school age. CSSSA provides a supportive environment in which students hone acquired skills, collaborate across disciplines and explore new techniques and ideas for an intense and exciting learning experience. The school was created by the California Legislature, and held its first session in 1987. Its purpose is to provide a training ground for future artists who wish to pursue careers in the arts and entertainment industries in California. The California State Summer School for the Arts is a state agency funded through a unique public-private partnership with the CSSSA Foundation.

Apply to CSSSA:

For more information, and to apply, see

Funding Prospective CSSSA Students:

Scholarships are available. To learn more about our CSSSA financial aid program, and to apply, go to

Arts Scholar Network

All students who graduate from CSSSA are designated as California Arts Scholars and awarded a certificate with the great seal of the state of California.

In addition, in participating Arts Scholar Network Counties, students attend recognition ceremonies with elected officials, parents, teachers and community leaders to celebrate the honor of selection for CSSSA. 

The California Arts Scholar designation attests to CSSSA’s importance as an educational institution in California and to the quality of the CSSSA program.