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California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, CA
University Website: www.calarts.edu
Apply Online: www.calarts.edu
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The California Institute of the Arts, colloquially called CalArts, is a university located in Valencia, in Los Angeles County, California. It was incorporated in 1961 as the first degree-granting institution of higher learning in the United States created specifically for students of both the visual and the performing arts. It is authorized by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) to grant Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts in the visual, performing, and as of 1994, literary arts. The Herb Alpert School of Music was accredited in 2009 to grant a Doctor of Musical Arts.

The school was founded and created by Walt Disney in the early 1960s and staffed by a diverse array of professionals. The institute was started as Disney's dream of an interdisciplinary "Caltech of the arts." CalArts provides a collaborative environment for a diversity of artists. Students are free to develop their own work (over which they retain control and copyright) in a workshop atmosphere, as respected members of a community of artists in which authority is constantly tested and where teaching works through persuasion rather than coercion. Intercultural exchange among artists helps in practicing and understanding of the art making process in the broadest context possible.

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Fast Facts

  • Private not for profit, Four or more years
  • students
  • $37,684.00 avg tuition

24700 W McBean Pky
Valencia, CA 91355-2397
(661) 255-1050

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Areas of Study:

  • Visual And Performing Arts
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California Institute of the Arts

Applied 3,886
Admitted 1,046 27%
Enrolled total 448
Full Time: 443
Part Time 5
Test 25th % 75th %
SAT Math 0 0
SAT Written (2006-2015) Optional 0 0
ACT Composite 0 0
ACT English 0 0
ACT Math 0 0
ACT Writing 0 0
Retention / Graduation:
Retention rate 85%
4-year graduation rate 53%
6-year graduation rate 60%
Application Deadlines:
Regular Application Deadline
Early Admission Deadline
Early Decision Deadline
Financial Aid Deadline
Student Response Deadline
Transfer Student Application Deadline
Open Admissions Policy No
Secondary School GPA Recommended
Secondary School Rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary School Record Required
Formal Demonstration of Competencies Required
Admission Test Scores Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL Required
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
AP Credits Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

California Institute of the Arts

Tuition In-District In-State Out-Of-State
Avg Full-Time Undergraduate Tuition $37,684.00 $37,684.00 $37,684.00
Full-Time Undergraduate Required Fees $576.00 $576.00 $576.00
Part-Time Undergraduate Cost Per Credit Hour $942.00 $942.00 $942.00
Avg Full Time Graduate Tuition $37,684.00 $37,684.00 $37,684.00
Full Time Graduate Required Fees $576.00 $576.00 $576.00
Part-Full Time Graduate Cost Per Credit Hour $942.00 $942.00 $942.00
Expenses On-Campus Off-Campus
(without family)
(with family)
Room and Board $10,575.00 $11,167.00 $5,962.00
Other Expenses $5,309.00 $5,365.00 $5,962.00
Additional Fees
Undergraduate Application Fee $70.00
Graduate Application Fee $70.00
Books and Supplies $1,782.00
Financial Aid
Percent receiving aid 83%
Percent receiving grant aid 77%
Avg amount of grant aid $14,837.00
Percent receiving student loan aid 72%
Avg amount of student loan aid $9,474.00

California Institute of the Arts

Programs and majors Associate's Bachelor's Master's Doctorate
Acting X X
Cinematography and Film/Video Production X X
Dance, General X X
Design and Visual Communications, General X X
Directing and Theatrical Production X
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other X X
Fine/Studio Arts, General X X
Jazz/Jazz Studies X X
Music Performance, General X X
Music Technology X X
Music Theory and Composition X X
Music, General X
Photography X X
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology X X
Visual and Performing Arts, Other X X
Voice and Opera X X

Scholarships for Students in California

Name Amount Deadline
S.P.R.O.W.T Scholarship $5,000 May 31, 2017
Thomas M. Stetson Scholarship $2,000 June 01, 2017
Leon Bradley Scholarship Up to $2,500 May 31, 2017

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