California Institute of the Arts

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California Institute of the Arts, also known as CalArts, resides in the city of Valencia, California in Los Angeles County. CalArts was established in 1961 as the first visual and performing arts school in the United States to offer accredited degree programs. The institute is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges to grant Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in performing, visual and literary arts.

CalArts was conceived and created by Walt Disney who dreamed of an interdisciplinary institution of higher learning like a traditional university that focused exclusively on the arts. CalArt is considered by many to be the “Caltech” of the arts schools that provides an exceptional learning environment and programs for aspiring artists. At CalArts students are inspired to develop unique and original art in a workshop type environment where they’re able to learn from, as well as mentor, other aspiring artists.

General Information

24700 W McBean Pky, Valencia, CA 91355-2397

General Phone:(661) 255-1050
Website URL:www.calarts.edu
Type of Institution:Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Awards Offered:BA/BS degrees
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master’s degree
Doctor’s degree – research/scholarship (new classification)
Campus setting:Suburb: Midsize
On-campus housing:Yes
Student Population:1,394 (882 undergraduate)
Ratio of students to faculty:6 to 1

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $31,865 $33,436 $35,406 $36,742 +3.77%
Books and Supplies $1,584 $1,632 $1,681 $1,730 +2.91%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $8,991 $9,592 $10,178 $10,300 +1.20%
Other $4,173 $4,298 $4,817 $4,961 +2.99%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $9,641 $10,219 $10,526 $10,842 +3.00%
Other $4,018 $4,420 $4,553 $5,209 +14.41%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $46,613 $48,958 $52,082 $53,733 +3.17%
In-state Off Campus $47,108 $49,707 $52,166 $54,523 +4.52%
In-state with Family $33,449 $35,068 $37,087 $38,472 +3.73%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $36,166
In-state Student Fees $576
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $36,166
Out-of-state Student Fees $576

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 133 78%
Grant or scholarship aid 118 69% $1,401,403 $11,876
• Federal grants 42 25% $227,356 $5,413
• Pell grants 41 24% $146,981 $3,585
• Other federal grants 31 18% $80,375 $2,593
Local and state government scholarships or grants 14 8% $98,430 $7,031
Institutional scholarships or grants 116 68% $1,075,617 $9,273
Student loan financial aid 105 61% $1,099,315 $10,470
• Federal student loans 104 61% $703,740 $6,767
• Other student loans 20 12% $395,575 $19,779

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS Master Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 195 196
Visual and Performing Arts 195 196
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 14 28
Dance, General 12 2
Design and Visual Communications, General 12 17
Directing and Theatrical Production 18 17
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other 35 9
Fine/Studio Arts, General 16 18
Jazz/Jazz Studies 5 11
Music Performance, General 19 12
Music Technology 5
Music Theory and Composition 9 14
Music, General 8
Photography 16 8
Technical Theater/Theater Design and Technology 23 17
Visual and Performing Arts, Other 41
Voice and Opera 3 2

Above data represent first majors only.

(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

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