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California Institute Of The Arts

California Institute Of The Arts

California Institute of The Arts, popularly called CalArts, was established in 1961 by Walt and Roy Disney in Valencia, California, through the merger of two other institutes, namely, the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music and the Chouinard Art Institute. The campus of CalArts is situated on 60 acres of land, and caters to more than 1,000 students.

California Institute of The Arts is the first institute in California to grant the Bachelor of Fine Arts as well as the Masters of Fine Arts degree in literary, visual, and performing arts. It also offers undergraduate and advanced certificate programs. The institute is divided into the following six schools:

  • School of Art
  • School of Critical Studies
  • School of Film/Video
  • School of Theater
  • The Herb Alpert School of Music
  • The Sharon Lund School of Dance

Students of CalArts are involved in a variety of clubs and organizations. Among those available on campus are the Creative Arts Collective, the Modeling/Runway Club, the Hip Hop Club, the Asian Student Union, the Queer Arts Collective, the Musicians Without Borders, the CalArts Chapter, and the Stitch & Bitch Club. The institute also publishes a magazine called "CalArts", and two internationally acclaimed journals called "Black Clock" and "Afterall".

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Contacting California Institute of the Arts

California Institute of the Arts
24700 W McBean Pky
Valencia , CA 91355-2397
General Phone: (661) 255-1050
http://www.calarts.edu

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California Institute of the Arts Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Drama and Performing Arts115dance, theatre design, directing, various performing arts
Photography and Commercial Art109cinematography, photography
Music98music performance, music theory and composition
Fine Arts43fine arts
Design27design and visual communication

Number of programs and degrees for California Institute of the Arts in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Awarded
Number of
Programs
Bachelor's degree18710
Postbaccalaureate certificate010
Master's degree20510

California Institute of the Arts Student Body

In 2007-2008, California Institute of the Arts had a total enrollment of 1,324 students (1,360 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 46%
Women 54%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 62%
Graduate 38%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 59%
Black 8%
Hispanic 10%
Asian 9%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 2%
(Foreign Students) 12%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 18%
20-21 21%
22-24 22%
25-29 26%
30-34 8%
35-39 2%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%

California Institute of the Arts Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 78 %

California Institute of the Arts Room and Board (2007)

California Institute of the Arts offers campus housing for 450 of its 1,360 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Santa Clarita, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 17 meals per week.

California Institute of the Arts Admissions and Selectivity

Acceptances:

GroupApplicantsAcceptedPercent
Accepted
EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled
Total1,07740137%17243%
Men50119439%7941%
Women57620736%9345%

Application Requirements:

ItemRequirement
GPAnot required
Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Recommendationsrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)not required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

California Institute of the Arts Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 33,660
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 33,660
Room and board $ 9,592
Room charge $ 5,668
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,924
Books and supplies $ 1,632
Other expenses $ 4,298

Financial Aid:
California Institute of the Arts participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 113200)

California Institute of the Arts Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track8362

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
No academic rankacademic year83$68,18662$66,610
All faculty totalacademic year83$68,18662$66,610

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

California Institute of the Arts Degree Programs (2007)

Design
Design and Visual Communications, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Directing and Theatrical Production
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Music
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Photography

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What Sets California Institute of the Arts Apart:

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% of degrees in design
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