Your Journey Starts Now

Ready to start your journey with CIAT? There’s no better time than right now. At the California Institute of Arts & Technology, we’ve made the admissions process as easy as 1, 2, 3. Simply follow these steps to jumpstart your path to earning a degree or certificate in IT, software development, graphic design, or web design. We truly appreciate your interest in our programs, and we can’t wait to meet you.

Admisions Process

1. Speak with an Advisor

We learn about you and determine what program would be the best fit.

2. Apply Online

We’ve streamlined our online application process so you can apply easily.

3. Get Started

Congratulations! We’re looking forward to sharing this journey with you.

Am I Ready?

We care about your success, which is why we want you consider whether you’re truly ready to make this commitment. Earning your degree will take dedication, not to mention countless hours of homework, projects, and studying. We know it can be overwhelming, but we’re here to help you navigate through all your options to make sure that you’re set up for success. Here are some helpful things to consider before starting at CIAT.

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Time & Priorities

Increase productivity and keep track of your goals with a calendar.

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Learning Patterns

Find out how you learn. Is it via sequence, precision, technical reasoning, or confluence?

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Tech Readiness

Make sure you have the appropriate devices for the courses in your program.

How to Apply

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Apply Online

Your CIAT adventure begins right after you complete a quick, convenient online application. If you need any assistance regarding your application, feel free to contact our Office of Admissions at or (619) 795-6440.

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Supplemental Materials

Once you’ve completed your application, be sure to submit a copy of your high school diploma or equivalent documentation to our Office of Admissions. Additional documentation can include your GED, DD-214, and college transcripts.

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Scholastic Level Exam

If you’ve earned less than six college-level semester credit hours, you’ll need to complete a Scholastic Level Exam (SLE). We’ll provide you with a link to the exam via email once you submit your application.

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Proof of Identity

We need you to submit a government-issued proof of identity showing a photo and your age (e.g., a driver’s license, or passport with picture) to our Office of Admissions once you’ve completed your application.

New Student

The CIAT experience is unlike any other. Because of our comprehensive, hands-on education and career-focused curriculum, our courses and programs are designed with your success in mind. We provide the tools you’ll need to reach all of your professional goals with our training, state-of-the-art equipment, and job placement services. Ready to dive in?

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We’re committed to helping service members and veterans take their education to the next level. We currently offer nine different programs for active duty members and veterans along with multiple certifications and trainings. Whether you’re transitioning back into civilian life or are advancing your career in the armed forces, you’ll graduate from CIAT feeling empowered.

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Returning Student

We know timing is everything when it comes to school, and sometimes you need to step back and take a break. If you’re returning to CIAT after some time off, you’ll need to reach out to your academic advisor to see how to pick up where you left off.

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Transferring Student

Transferring to CIAT is easier than ever. Simply submit your transcripts to have them reviewed for credits you’ve earned at other colleges and universities. We’ll also take into account any military training and professional experience you’ve acquired. And remember, you’re not alone in this journey. Our academic advisors are always ready to help out.

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Talk to an Advisor

Reach out today and one of our knowledgeable Admissions Representative will be happy to answer any questions you have about CIAT.

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Student Services FAQ

Have questions about our stellar student services? Take a look at some of our most frequently asked questions.

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