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Center for Creative Youth

How to Apply

Applications are still being accepted for the 2018 program! Applications will be accepted until all spots are filled.

Auditions: March 22, 2018 at Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts
March 24, 2018 at Wesleyan University
Acceptance notification: April 2, 2018

The 2018 CCY Program runs from July 1 (move-in) to July 28, 2018 (move-out)

The application fee is $50.
The total cost of the program is $3,995 ($2,295 tuition plus $1,700 room & board).
Financial Aid is available, more information is below.
You'll be notified of your acceptance by April 2, 2018. (If you are applying late, you will be notified once your audition material is reviewed and your interviews are completed.)

The Center for Creative Youth is open to all high school students ages 14-18. Students must have completed at least one year of high school, demonstrate a maturity level that proves readiness for a residential program and be focused on the arts. Selection is based on a written application, an audition/portfolio review, and a residential interview.

The cost to submit an application is $50. You can apply online and instantly pay via credit card. ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE. No paper applications will be accepted. Supporting/supplemental documents may be emailed or mailed to the CCY office: Financial Aid Applications, photos, teacher recommendations, etc.

In addition to your online application, please submit the following. Applications will not be reviewed until we have all materials:

  1. Two Teacher Recommendations: (Download/view the form here) We are seeking ONE recommendation from an arts teacher and ONE recommendation from a non-arts teacher (a guidance counselor, academics teacher or an adult in the community). Teachers may complete the form provided on the website OR write a letter of recommendation that gives us an estimate of your ability in your chosen art form. This letter should discuss personal characteristics, such as initiative, reliability, leadership, and ability to work with others.
  2. Photo: Please submit a photo of yourself. This photo will appear on our Friends and Faces poster upon acceptance, so please make sure it is a clear photo of your face (photo size on the poster is 1x1 inch)
  3. Financial Aid Application: (Download/view the form here).

“CCY provided an experience for Jessica that guided her in finding resources in herself that she never knew existed. What makes CCY so special is the combination of caring with firmness, discipline, respect, and an expectance of and belief that students will be at their highest level of functioning in all areas - academic, artistic, interpersonal and self-discipline. CCY has been a transforming experience for Jessica.”

Sandra Rizkallah, parent of Jessica Rizkallah, Visual Arts - Massachusetts


All applicants must audition regardless of art major. We have options to audition live, to submit a video audition or to submit your portfolio for review. Based on your major of choice and availability to attend the Connecticut auditions; please select the appropriate Program Group to start your application.

Each audition will include an evaluation of work by the departmental instructor and a residency interview with a member of the CCY residential staff.

For complete information including dates and locations, visit the Auditions page.

Spot Availability and Competitiveness

As each art form can accommodate only a certain number of students each summer, the total number of applicants within that art form initially determines the level of competitiveness. The ratio of applicants to openings fluctuates somewhat annually, and with it the acceptance rates. The talent level of the applicant group also fluctuates slightly each year, which may affect the competitiveness level. CCY seriously considers maturity and artistic commitment in addition to talent level when making acceptance decisions. CCY accepts more students than it does not accept, generally about 65%-70% of those who apply.

Incomplete Applications

We only review applications submitted with all required pieces. The exception to this rule is recommendation letters being sent separately, as this is generally beyond the applicant's control. Otherwise, applications will only be evaluated once all pieces are submitted. Please do NOT send the application materials to CCY in pieces unless you have contacted the CCY office and received permission to do so. CCY processes close to 250 applications each year and collating loose pieces becomes burdensome for the office staff and increases the risk of misplaced materials. If you are applying for Financial Aid, it is important that your application materials are complete to be considered. This includes a completed Financial Aid application along with the required support documents: First two pages of your most recent tax return or other proof of income, and a personal letter explaining any extenuating circumstances. Please call or email the office should you have any questions.

Late Applications

Please email the office at or call 860-757-6391 to confirm space availability. If space is available in your art form we will consider accepting a late application. We will continue to recruit and accept students until all disciplines are full, but rarely will have tuition assistance available for students applying past the deadline. Please call the office for details should you need to submit a late application.

Fees and Financial Aid

Download the Financial Aid form (PDF)

The fee for the program is $3,995 total ($2,295 for tuition and $1,700 for room & board.) The tuition covers all classes, Master class sessions, workshops, most supplies, transportation to events, and admission to performances and exhibits. Some Connecticut school districts will fund all or part of the tuition portion of the fee for a limited number of students. You may email or call your district to find out if your district pays and if your student is eligible.

CCY's limited amount of financial aid is based on a variety of factors: Certain funders have a residency requirement, others provide unrestricted assistance. Generally, aid is assigned based on a needs-based rubric. However, every application is examined and considered taking individual circumstances into account. If you are intending to apply for any amount of financial aid, please download, complete and submit the application for financial aid as soon as you apply to the program.

Financial aid decisions will not be made until ALL required tax return information is supplied. Additional information that may be helpful to the financial aid evaluation should be submitted on a separate sheet of paper and included with the financial aid application.

All monies due must be paid prior to the first day of the summer session. There are no refunds for the program once we are in session.

NEW College Credit Option for 2018

Wesleyan University Summer Session – College Credit Option (July 2 – August 1)

Wesleyan University offers an intensive Summer Session in which students can complete semester-long courses in just one month. Wesleyan Summer Session is open to rising high school juniors and seniors with the academic qualifications and commitment to complete intellectually challenging courses in a compressed schedule. CCY has selected certain Wesleyan Summer Session courses that can serve as “alternative majors” for the CCY program. CCY students may apply to enroll in these courses as part of their CCY experience. Options include Intensives in Digital Art, Screenwriting, Techniques of Fiction and The Art of the Personal Essay. If admitted, they will be in classes alongside Wesleyan undergraduates and other selected high school students. All Wesleyan courses have limited enrollment, preserving the small seminar experience, and opportunity for close relationships with faculty and fellow students that are the hallmarks of a Wesleyan education. These courses are taken for college credit; no auditors. To learn more about Wesleyan’s Summer Session, offering college credit courses for high school students, please visit

Additional charges apply ($3,260 per credit in addition to the CCY program fees. Financial aid is not available for this additional college credit option.)

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