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California Institute of the Arts

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Description of California Institute of the Arts

  • Established: 1961
  • Location: Santa Clarita, California, USA
  • Students age: from 17 years.
  • Number of students: 1523 people
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Type of study: private university of arts.
  • CalArts offers over 70 comprehensive programs in the visual, performing, media, literary arts. Courses are optimized for a new type of artist: those who go beyond simple aesthetics and experience, thinking about how their practice interacts with the world at large.
  • Founded by Walt Disney, the CalArts Institute offers a wide range of courses to study the visual, performing, media, and literary arts in six schools. Enrollment is based on artistic talents and creative perspectives.
  • CalArts offers a unique creative environment where one-to-one mentoring, leadership is a priority. Each CalArts student has a faculty mentor who provides academic and creative advice and liaison with the professional industry. University teachers are practicing professional artists: students get access to any number of talented professionals, often build strong working relationships and connections.
  • Walt Disney envisioned CalArts as an inclusive community where artists go beyond their own circle and collaborate with one another. Overcoming artificial barriers, this constant exchange of ideas and methods opens up new perspectives, stimulates non-standard innovations, and inspires the creative community as a whole. CalArts thrives on a variety of artists representing many forms, styles, expanding horizons, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in California Institute of the Arts

Program name
All year round
from 52850.00 $ / year
from 52850.00 $ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
from 42320.00 $ / year
from 42320.00 $ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
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There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Accommodation, meals, prices

The Institute offers accommodation in two separate buildings: Chouinard Hall for undergraduate students of 1.2 courses, Ahmanson Hall for 3-4 year students, masters. Enrolled students are eligible to apply for on-campus housing - CalArts accommodates the maximum number of students who need to be enrolled.

Renovated in 2015, Steve's Café provides students, faculty, staff with a wide variety of dining options, seating arrangements, cozy spaces, group tables - all of which make the cafe the center of the campus. This is a reimagined space where teachers, staff, students meet, eat, communicate.

CalArts provides a lunch service program from Bon Appétit, an industry trendsetter who has received numerous awards for his unconventional approach to catering. The food is prepared daily with fresh ingredients using the finest ingredients, and the menu includes hot snacks, vegetarian, vegan, salad bar, drinks, snacks.

Activities California Institute of the Arts

The CalArts Center for Life and Work provides a variety of resources for students and alumni to help them as artists to chart their path to success and support future creative leaders. The center allows artists to develop their creative potential through seminars, information sessions, and an extensive internship program.

The office seeks to collaborate to provide a diverse range of career knowledge and experience.

The CalArts Student Union drives the flow of information about student needs - led by elected representatives from each of the six schools + leaders from other student groups. The organization provides students with an open forum where they can voice their opinions; contact the Board of Trustees, administration, teaching staff. The union is responsible for awarding grants, funding projects / activities on campus. The organization seeks to unite students, to contribute to the creation of an interdisciplinary, progressive, creative environment.

Facilities and equipment at California Institute of the Arts

In addition to the campus, the Institute includes the Roy and Edna Disney Theater (REDCAT), the Los Angeles Performing Arts Center, the Community Arts Partnership (CAP), a collaborative youth arts education program with community organizations throughout Los Angeles County.

The center of campus life is a spacious five-story building, where, according to Walt Disney's original vision, various artistic disciplines share a space under one roof:

  • Art, dance, animation studios
  • Rehearsal rooms
  • Galleries
  • Drama, dance and film theaters
  • Music hall
  • Wardrobe
  • Scenery
  • Machine shops
  • Darkroom
  • Computer and media laboratories
  • Installation complexes for films and video
  • Digital recording studio
  • Library
  • Cafeteria.

Other buildings on the CalArts campus include:

  • Dorm Chouinard
  • Residential complex Ahmanson
  • Eli and Edythe Broad art studios
  • Several annexes with additional classrooms, studios, writing lab and other amenities.

Tennis courts and an outdoor pool are available during the year, while spacious lawns with shady trees, open fields and slopes offer peace of mind to read or play sports.

Admission dates and extra charges

  • Non-refundable deposit
  • Registration fee
  • Student activity fee
  • Technology fee.

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

Foreign applicants provide:

  1. Officially translated international transcripts
  2. Proof of knowledge of the English language. Minimum scores for admission: 80 TOEFL ibt, 6.5 IELTS, 53 PTE or 105 Duolingo - for bachelors, 100 TOEFL ibt, 7 IELTS, 63 PTE or 120 Duolingo - for masters.
  3. Online application
  4. Portfolio
  5. The artist's statement is an important part of the admission process; it must be submitted with the online application.
  6. Additional materials.

Scholarships California Institute of the Arts

A number of organizations offer scholarships specifically designed to help international students to fund their study abroad. International students can also apply for private scholarships that local students are eligible for.

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Residence permits, citizenship and other services

  • Guardianship services during the studies
  • Student supervision

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- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
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