California Institute of the Arts

The California Institute of the Arts, often referred to as CalArts, is a private university in Valencia, California. CalArts was founded in 1961 by Walt Disney, who hoped to make the school an interdisciplinary "Caltech of the arts." It was the first degree-granting university in the United States specifically for visual and performing arts students. The California Institute of the Arts is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Students of CalArts can purse Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) or Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in art, film & video, theater, writing, music, dance, animation, and puppetry. The education offered at CalArts is focused on the student's career goals and purpose, rather than a rigidly defined course structure. The California Institute of the Arts is dedicated to training the artist of tomorrow, who will redefine and revolutionize their field.

CalArts' admissions process is distinctive. The school does not take an applicant's GPA or SAT scores into consideration; rather, they consider the applicant's future potential and creative talent, based on a submitted portfolio or audition.

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Phone Number: (626) 395-6811
Address: 1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, California 91125
Institution Type: Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Size: Small ( 970+ undergrad, 1,200+ grad )
Award Levels: Batchelor's, Master's, Doctoral
In-State Tuition $ 33,381
Out-of-State Tuition $ 33,396
Online Degrees Offered: NO
Student-to-Faculty Ration: 3 to 1
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