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Undergraduate applicants

High School Students

Graduation from an accredited secondary school or its CalArts approved equivalent is required to enter and graduate from the undergraduate certificate or the BFA program. Equivalence may be established by completing the General Educational Development examination or a comparable regional test. High School students may send interim transcripts sent during the admissions process but must arrange for final transcripts to be sent upon graduation.

Home-Schooled Students

Home-schooled applicants must submit a transcript or detailed syllabi of courses (equivalent to grades 9-12) and a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or comparable regional test such as the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE).

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate credits

California Institute of the Arts grants Critical Studies credit toward the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree for successful completion of examinations in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board and for the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Students presenting scores of 3 or better on the AP exam or a 4 of better on the IB exam are granted 4 semester units toward the Critical Studies requirement for each examination, as they relate to the following Critical Studies core curriculum and Non-Critical Studies requirements:


Critical/Intellectual Skills Credit

  • AP English Language and Composition

 Computing & Research Skills Credit

  • AP Computer Science A

 Humanities Credit

  • AP English Literature and Composition

 Social Science Credit

  • AP Comparative Government and Politics
  • AP European History
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Psychology
  • AP United States Government and Politics
  • AP United States History
  • AP World History

 Science & Math Credit

  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Physics B
  • AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics
  • AP Physics 1
  • AP Physics 2

 Arts in Context Credit

  •  AP Art History

 Critical Studies Elective Credit

  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Chinese Language and Culture
  • AP French Language and Culture
  • AP German Language and Culture
  • AP Italian Language and Culture
  • AP Japanese Language and Culture
  • AP Latin
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • AP Spanish Literature and Culture


Studio Credit

  • AP Music Theory
  • AP Studio Art: 2-D Design
  • AP Studio Art: 3-D Design
  • AP Studio Art: Drawing
Last edited by mryan on Jul 16, 2014
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