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Academics

California Institute of the Arts offers both visual and performing arts including art, dance, film/video, music and theater. Indeed, CalArts has a reputation of “intensely training young artists to become working professionals.” According to students, CalArts is also “the best program in the United States for animation.” The “creative” and “extremely unique” environment here allows students “to explore themselves and hone their craft” freely. CalArts offers “many interesting classes that would never be offered at a conventional school” and plenty of “practical experience in your area of study.” In addition to all the art, students must complete a broad set of liberal arts and interdisciplinary courses. While some find many of these classes to be “simply a joke,” others agree that the breadth of curriculum makes them “well-rounded and educated.” Faculty members “have great real-world experiences,” and students appreciate that they “all have been professionals and are often currently active in the field they are teaching in.” Many professors are characterized as “ridiculously amazing,” trying “as hard as they can to help.” Others lack “a true depth of knowledge.” Facilities can be hit or miss; some students describe “incredible” theater spaces while others finding plenty of room for “improvement.” Also, “Class registration is a little prehistoric” and the administration has a tendency of “making each task more complicated than it should be.”

Student Body

“The atmosphere of CalArts is good for making art because you are surrounded by so many talented people,” says a senior. Like every art school, CalArts is home to “a diverse, collaborative student body.” “Everyone at my school is the person who wouldn’t fit in at most schools---and I love it,” explains a dance major. “Everyone is into their own thing, their own style, their own art, their own lifestyle,” agrees a theater major. “You are generally accepted no matter who you are and are expected to accept others.” With that in mind, everyone from “rebellious artists” to “celebrity children” find a place here, making it an ideal location to explore their artistic vision and potential.

Campus Life

Though CalArts is located in the nether reaches of suburban Los Angeles, students tell us that their campus is “very intellectually stimulating” with “a lot of discourse” about social issues and politics. As you might expect, art is responsible for much of the campus’ social activity. “Once a week, the school has an art opening . . . where students can gather and admire the art of other students,” notes one budding artist. Musicians also “play jazz music at lunch,” and everywhere you go you can find “dancers . . . rehearsing in the hallways.” “There is art happening all over the place, all the time,” says one student. “Parties are frequent,” but “Mostly everybody works very hard,” and “staying up late and working until your eyes turn to gravel” is common. For some students (e.g., graphic design majors), the curriculum can be “structured and rigid,” while those in other programs take part in “a barely supervised art free-for-all.” Certain majors at CalArts are “best for ‘self-motivated’ types who can stay away from the party life,” confides one student. “I spent my first year and a half waiting for someone to tell me what to do, and it never happened,” advises a film and video major. “I’m glad it never happened; I just wish I had been told sooner.”

Overview

Applicants
1,186
Acceptance Rate
33%

Test Scores


Testing Policies


Deadlines

Regular — January 5


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Application Essay
Non-Academic

Talent / Ability

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
7:1
Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years
57%

Majors

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Dance, General
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, Other
  • Photography
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Tim Burton
Filmmaker

Ed Harris
Actor

Don Cheadle
Actor

Carl Stone
Composer

Laura Owens
Art

Ravi Coletrane
Musician

John Lasseter
Pixar Founder (animator)

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years
57%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$14,771

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,035

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,249

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$14,771

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$36,166
Required Fees
$576
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,500

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,150
Transportation for Commuters
$1,587

On-Campus Room and Board
$9,293
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
FFEL PLUS loans
FFEL Subsidized Stafford Loans
FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
888
Foreign Countries Represented
34

Demographics

49% female
51% male
49% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
41%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
82%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
5
Number of Honor Societies
0

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
0

Sports

Athletic Division
Other


Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: QueerArtists@CalArts (QAC)

Minority Support Groups: Black Student Union Latino Student Union

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
20

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
15

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
No

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Molly Ryan
Director of Admissions

Address
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355

Phone
800-545-2787

Email
admiss@calarts.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Modular Theater
Permanent Set
Gamelan Room
Main Gallery
Lund Dance Theater
Roy O. Disney Music Hall, Bijou Theater

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Los Angeles
Redcat
The Getty Museum
Magic Mountain
Hollywood

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Monday - Friday at Noon
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation


Driving Instructions to Campus
From Hollywood, Downtown Los Angeles or the Burbank Airport: drive north on Interstate 5; exit at McBean Parkway; turn right (east) on McBean; our driveway is the next right. From Santa Monica, Beverly Hills or LAX: drive north on I-405 (the San Diego Freeway) until it becomes Interstate 5 northbound; exit at McBean Parkway; turn right (east) on McBean; our driveway is the next right. From northern California: take Interstate 5 south to Valencia; exit at McBean Parkway; turn left (east) on McBean; cross the overpass; our driveway is the first right after the stop light.


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