The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) was established in 1961 by Walt and Roy Disney. CalArts is the first higher educational institution in the United States to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in both visual and performing arts.
CalArts offers degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Doctor of Music Arts (DMA), and undergraduate and advanced certificates. CalArts has six schools:
- School of Art
- School of Critical Studies
- The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance
- School of Film/Video
- The Herb Alpert School of Music
- School of Theater
CalArts educates artists in a unique learning environment founded on the principles of art-making excellence, experimentation, critical reflection, and independent inquiry. Throughout its history, CalArts has sought to advance the practice of art and promote its understanding in a broad social, cultural, and historical context. CalArts offers students the knowledge and expertise of leading professional artists and scholars and a full complement of art-making tools. In return, it asks for the highest artistic and academic achievement. Reflecting its longstanding commitment to new forms and expressions in art, CalArts invites creative risk-taking and urges active collaboration and exchange among artists, artistic disciplines, and cultural traditions.
Since its founding, CalArts has been recognized internationally as a leader in every discipline in which it provides instruction. Its artists and alumni have defined, and continue to extend, the very forefront of creative practice today.
The faculty numbers approximately 300, including both full- and part-time members. The student-faculty ratio is approximately 8:1. Faculty members maintain active, often prolific, careers in their respective disciplines. Their approach to teaching combines rigorous instruction with careful guidance and individualized attention, a process that empowers students to define their own artistic objectives. Every student works closely with an assigned faculty mentor.
CalArts is a vibrant community of dedicated artists immersed in their art practices. The total enrollment of the Institute is approximately 1,489 men and women, of whom 982 are undergraduates. The student body is gender balanced and geographically diverse, with students hailing from fifty states and thirty-one different countries.
Our campus is open 24/7 and dedicated to providing our students with the space and time to experiment and to find their voices as artists. With six schools on one campus, students across disciplines inevitably come in contact with each other, whether it’s in the hallways, the dorms, the classroom, at performances and exhibitions, or through collaborative projects. It is nearly impossible to not be influenced by the diverse work happening around you.
CalArts is committed to promoting a safe and secure environment for all campus members and visitors. CalArts has developed policies and procedures to ensure that every possible precaution is taken to protect persons on campus from harm or theft.
Valencia is located in beautiful Southern California 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. The campus occupies 60 acres on hills overlooking the Santa Clarita Valley. Santa Clarita consistently remains one of the safest cities,of its size, ranking 4th safest city in California.
The CalArts campus features tennis courts, basketball courts and an outdoor swimming pool, available throughout the year, while spacious lawns dotted with shade trees, open fields and sloping hillsides allow for quiet reading or casual sports such as our thriving soccer club.
The Los Angeles area offers a wealth of social and cultural resources including the Roy and Edna CalArts Theater (REDCAT); which serves as CalArts professional arts venue. The theater and gallery at REDCAT bring an eclectic mix of artists from throughout the world to Los Angeles. In addition to they hosts a range of CalArts Film Screenings, Performances, Concerts, and Productions that include student, alumni and faculty works such as: TEDxCalArts, The New Works Festival, Winter Dance Concerts, the Hyper Opera and film showcases.
Admission to CalArts is competitive and considered mainly on the basis of demonstrated talent, creativity and commitment. CalArts welcomes applications for admission from anyone committed to the visual, performing or writing arts. Students are admitted on a full-time basis only. Applicants apply directly to a program of study and must follow the portfolio/audition requirements for their intended program.
Fall 2015 Application Deadlines:
December 1, 2014 – Preferred Deadline
January 5, 2015 – Regular Deadline