CalArts (California Institute of the Arts) is renowned internationally as a game-changer in the education of professional artists.

The transformative cultural impact of our alumni shows why: we bring out visionary creative talent unlike any other university, school or conservatory. An all-inclusive community for a diversity of authentic voices, CalArts today offers more than 70 comprehensive degree programs in the visual, performing, media and literary arts.

Basic details

  • Region: West
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Campus setting: Suburban
  • Type of institution: Private; Specialist Institution 

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 28%
  • Test optional? Yes
  • Common Application accepted? No
  • Areas of study offered include: Arts; Creative Writing; Dance; Design; Drama/Theatre Arts; Film/Cinema Studies; Music
  • Full list of majors available


  • International students are eligible for: Merit-based scholarship
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $78,850

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