Private 4 Year

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, California

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California Institute of the Arts overview
Location Valencia, California
Online calarts.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize Suburban
California Institute of the Arts overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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California Institute of the Arts, commonly referred to as CalArts, is a private institution located in Valencia, California, approximately 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. Founded in 1961 through the merger of the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music and the Chouinard Art Institute, CalArts is dedicated to the advancement of the visual and performing arts. The institution is recognized for its rigorous and distinctly multidisciplinary approach to arts education, offering a variety of bachelor's and master's degree programs across six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater. CalArts maintains a selective admissions process, seeking candidates who showcase exceptional artistic talent and potential. The campus architecture is marked by its postmodern design, housing on-campus residences that provide a collaborative living and learning environment for its students. CalArts is not traditionally known for athletics, instead placing a strong emphasis on developing artists who seek to push the boundaries of creative expression in their respective fields.

In the most recent statistical year 2,120 prospective students applied, and 525 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 189 enrolled in the school.  1,402 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 38 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $54,440 plus fees of $616.












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California Institute of the Arts overview
Applications Due Jan 5, 2024
Applicant Competition Very High
Application Fee $70

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for California Institute of the Arts
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$2,500
Other Fees$616
Room and Board $12,446
Budget for Other Expenses$8,708
Total One Year Cost$78,710

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$50,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

65% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by California Institute of the Arts students
Subject Percent of Class
Visual and Performing Arts 100%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=111081 IPEDS survey data for California Institute of the Arts.

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