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Application Deadlines

Fall 2014 Application Deadlines

  • Preferred Deadline - December 3, 2013
  • Regular Deadline - January 3, 2014

After January 3, 2014 we will continue to receive applications on a rolling basis until programs close. 

Students applying online may submit their fee with a credit card or send a check or money order after submission. Those students applying with our downloadable application must submit a check or money order with their application. Applications received without payment will not be processed. Fee waivers must be submitted in writing, and should accompany the paper application, or be sent after applying online. CalArts will accept the standard College Board fee waiver, or a letter from a high school/transfer counselor who can verify family financial hardship. Fee waivers are not granted to MFA applicants and international applicants.

Please know that applying for admissions and financial aid are separate processes. To be considered for federal financial aid or CalArts scholarships, please complete the financial aid process outlined on the financial aid page. Do not wait to learn of your admissions decision to apply for financial aid as the financial aid application deadline (February 15) is before our admissions notification period (March and April).

Application fees:

  • $70 for each domestic application
  • $85 for each international application

Spring 2015 Application Deadlines

Preferred Deadline - November 3, 2014

After November 3, 2014 we will continue to receive applications on a rolling basis until programs close.

The following programs do not accept applications for the Spring:

MFA Program in Art

BFA and MFA Program in Graphic Design

MFA Program in Photography

MFA Program in Art and Technology

MA Aesthetics and Politics Program

BFA and MFA Program in Dance

The School of Film/Video (including animation programs)

BFA and MFA Program in Music Technology: Interaction, Intelligence and Design

BFA and MFA Guitar

BFA and MFA Jazz Drums

BFA and MFA Jazz Guitar

DMA Performer/Composer

BFA and MFA Acting

Fall 2015 Application Deadlines

  • Preferred Deadline - Monday, December 1, 2014
  • Regular Deadline - Monday, January 5, 2015

Either deadline is acceptable; applicants who submit all of the required materials (including the portfolio and supplemental materials) by December 1 will have a lower application fee.

Please know that applying for admissions and financial aid are separate processes. To be considered for federal financial aid or CalArts scholarships, please complete the financial aid process outlined on the financial aid pageDo not wait to learn of your admissions decision to apply for financial aid as the financial aid application deadline (February 15) is before our admissions notification period (March and April).

Application fees:

Applications meeting the Preferred Deadline of December 1, 2014:

  • $50 for each domestic application
  • $65 for each international application

Applications meeting the Regular Deadline of January 5, 2015:

  • $70 for each domestic application
  • $85 for each international application

After January 5, 2015 we will continue to receive applications on a rolling basis until programs close. 

Students applying online may submit their fee with a credit card or send a check or money order after submission. Those students applying with our downloadable application must submit a check or money order with their application. Applications received without payment will not be processed. Fee waivers must be submitted in writing, and should accompany the paper application, or be sent after applying online. CalArts will accept the standard College Board fee waiver, or a letter from a high school/transfer counselor who can verify family financial hardship. Fee waivers are not granted to MFA applicants and international applicants.

Last edited by kachzet on May 13, 2014
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