California Institute of the Arts

24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, California

California Institute of the Arts is a learning environment designed by artists for artists. Six schools for the visual, performing and writing arts converge under one roof to form a vibrant creative community that is dynamic as it is diverse. Students receive intensive professional training under the direction of an exceptional faculty of experienced working artists

California Institute of the Arts is an internationally recognized leader and innovator in the training of professional artists. Since 1970, generations of our graduates have defined the forefront of contemporary creative practice, shaping the direction of the arts in the years to come.

All programs encourage progressive and experimental work--yet maintain that the exploration of new form and expressions proceeds from a foundation of advanced skills and time-proven techniques. Each student is urged to develop a distinctive vision, a personal voice. Small classes, a low student-faculty ratio, and a formal mentoring structure allow ample personal attention for students. Program value independent artistic and intellectual inquiry and promote the study of art in a broad social and cultural context. For undergraduates, work within the artistic metier is integrated with a rigorous liberal arts curriculum emphasizing critical thinking and communication of one's artistic vision and ideas. Students may complement their BFA with a Critical Studies minor.

CalArts actively engages with the world, partnering with artists, institutions and audiences across all boundaries. Students can acquire valuable teaching experience through Community Arts Partnership (CAP) programs at local arts organizations and high schools. The Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) in downtown Los Angeles is a state-of-the-art venue for new works, drawn from an eclectic mix of emerging artists and internationally renowned practitioners.

DEGREES OFFERED: BFA, MFA, MA, DMA, Certificate, Advanced Certificate
ACCREDITATION: NASAD, NASD, NASM, NAST, WASC
MAJORS OFFERED:

Acting**
Aesthetics and Politics**
African Music and Dance**
Art
Art and Technology**
Balinese and Javanese Music and Dance**
Brass
Character Animation*
Composition
Costume Design**
Dance
Directing**
Experimental Animation
Film and Video
Film Directing**
Graphic Design
Guitar
Harp
Jazz
Lighting Design
Management
Music Technology: Interaction, Intelligence and Design*

 

Musical Arts*
North Indian Music**
Percussion
Performer-Composer
Photography and Media
Piano/Keyboard
Producing**
Production Management**
Scene Design
Scene Painting**
Sound Design
Stage Management
Strings
Technical Direction
Video for Performance**
Voice
Winds
World Music*
World Percussion**
Writing **
Writing for Performance**

MINORS OFFERED:

African American Improvisational Music**
Collaborative Keyboard**

 

Experimental Sound Practices**
Integrated Media**

* UNDERGRADUATE ONLY
** GRADUATE ONLY

UNDERGRADUATE COST OF ATTENDANCE 2016-2017
FULL-TIME DEPENDENT  
TUITION $ 45,030
MANDATORY FEES 616
BOOKS & SUPPLIES 2,500
ON-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 6,280
OFF-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 9,000
OTHER 7,200
FINANCIAL AID 2015-2016 FULL-TIME FRESHMEN *
AID CATEGORY AVG PER RECIPIENT 1st YR RECIPIENTS
INSTITUTIONAL AWARDS4 $12,101 72%
FEDERAL/NATIONAL GRANTS 4,999 19%
STATE & LOCAL GRANTS 6,529 10%
FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS 5,901 52%

AVERAGE AMOUNT RECEIVED PER RECIPIENT: $20,917
75% OF FULL-TIME FRESHMEN RECEIVED AID

* Most recent financial aid data available

ACCEPTANCE RATE: 27%

Acceptance Rate = The percentage of students admitted out of applications received in a given year.

ATTENDANCE RATE: 44%

Attendance Rate (also know as yield) = The percentage of admitted students who enroll in a given year.

ENROLLMENT: FALL 2016

UNDERGRADUATE FTE1 = 953

UNDERGRADUATE

FULL-TIME 947
PART-TIME 16

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS PROCESS
APPLICATION: Required
ONLINE APPLICATION: Recommended
HOME EXAM: Not Required
INTERVIEW: Required, depending on program
ESSAY: Required
SAT / ACT: Not Required
PORTFOLIO: Required

TRANSCRIPTS

HIGH SCHOOL: Required
COLLEGE: Required, if transferring
FACULTY: 2016-2017

FACULTY FTE1 = 224

FULL-TIME 169
PART-TIME 189
 

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO: FALL 2016
6.5 TO 1
FTE STUDENTS PER FTE FACULTY1

RETENTION

FRESHMAN RETENTION2

FALL 2014 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2015
86%
 
FALL 2015 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2016
89%

SIX-YEAR GRADUATION RATE2

FALL 2009 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
56%
 
FALL 2010 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
66%

UNDERGRADUATE ETHNICITY

FALL 2016

THIS DATA IS NOT COLLECTED.

UNDERGRADUATE GENDER DISTRIBUTION

FALL 2016
58% FEMALE
42% MALE

NEW STUDENT GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION3

FALL 2016

THIS DATA IS NOT AVAILABLE.

OTHER PROGRAMS

N/A

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

International Exchange programs
Internships
Career Service Office
Interschool (double-major)
Practicum/Interim (special session at the beginning of the spring semester)
Visiting Artist Lecture Series
CAP (Community Arts Partnership)
Portfolio Days and Showcases for industry professionals

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc. NOTE 2: Retention and graduation rates for Art Center College of Design are calculated using the entire new student population entering Spring, Summer, and Fall terms (including a large population of transfer students), and not only "First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen" as required by the U.S. Department of Education. Thus these numbers are different than the retention and graduation reported to the U.S. Department of Education. NOTE 3: Geographic distribution is reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates. NOTE 4: Includes all institutional scholarships and grants, but does not include College Work Study or third party awards. NOTE 5: Data presented is drawn from the most recent school year available. NOTE 6: All $-amounts are shown in US dollars. Canadian $-amounts were converted to US dollars using exchange rate at the time the data were collected ($1 Canadian = $0.70 US).