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The Program

The Program

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About CMA

The Creative Mind Academy (CMA) is a Summer institute for high school students in grades 11 and 12 from the US and all over the world, premiering in summer 2022. Over the course of 4 weeks, students complete 6 transferable college units at San Diego State University’s (SDSU) beautiful campus. Programming consists of theory-based, and hands-on courses that prioritize experiential learning and creative expression. At its core, CMA embraces a spirit of cross-disciplinary learning, blurring the lines that often divide sciences, art, social sciences, technology, and business.

July 5 - August 2, 2022

The Creative Mind Academy is an all-inclusive experience.

What's Included

  • Includes 6 lower-division undergraduate units (or 2 SDSU classes)
  • Units are transferable to other higher-education academic institutions
  • Includes all necessary learning resources, access to equipment, studio space and more.
  • Participation in the CMA does not impact or guarantee admission to any SDSU degree-seeking programs.

Financial Aid Availability

Housing and Accommodations

  • Includes a 4-week stay at one of two SDSU newly-renovated residence halls
  • Residence Halls feature a pool, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, putting green, observation deck, fire pits, and shaded outdoor lounge areas.
  • 24/7 on-site security
  • Unlimited WiFi on campus

Check out a 3D tour of your potential residence experience, and learn more about the residence halls.


  • Includes 3 full meals a day for the 4 weeks
  • Meals are provided by The Garden, SDSU’s premiere restaurant and dining facility
  • We can accommodate a wide variety of diets including halal, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and more.

The Experience Itinerary

*The final itinerary is subject to change

The CMA experience itinerary includes a long list of workshops, seminars and excursions that will supplement classroom experiences with engaging activities. Students will get to participate in on-campus activities as well as off-campus trips to some of San Diego’s and California’s world-renowned destinations.