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California Institute of the Arts

United States of America


Established in 1961, the California Institute of the Arts (also known by its nickname CalArts) is a private university located in ValenciaCalifornia, United States of America. It was incorporated as the first degree-granting institution of higher learning in the United States created specifically for students of both the visual and performing 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.

CalArts offers a variety of unique programs at the undergraduate and graduate level within its six world-renowned schools: School of Art, School of Critical Studies, School of Dance, School of Film/Video, School of Music and School of Theater.  It is one of the most prestigious art schools in the U.S.A. The school’s focus is in interdisciplinarycontemporary art, and the Institute's stated mission is to develop professional artists of tomorrow. The Institute encourages students to recognize the complexity of political, social and aesthetic questions and to respond to them with informed, independent judgment.

CalArts is a home to more than 1,400 students of which over 900 are enrolled in the undergraduate programs. The student to faculty ratio at the university is 7:1 and the acceptance rate is 24%. One out of every five students at CalArts is international, representing nearly 50 different countries. The school offers scholarships to international students, providing important support to ensure a high quality arts education.

Notable Alumni: Timothy Walter Burton (American film director, producer, artist, writer, and animator), John Alan Lasseter (American animator and filmmaker), Andrew Stanton (American film director, screenwriter, producer and voice actor based at Pixar)

California Institute of the Arts Programs

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California Institute of the Arts Application Requirements

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California Institute of the Arts Cost of studies


Bachelors: $48,660

Masters: $46,830

Fees vary for each program. Please visit program page for specific fees.

California Institute of the Arts Deadlines

Fall- January 5, Spring- November 1

Deadlines vary for each program. Please visit program page for specific deadlines.

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