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CalArts Fact Sheet

Established in 1961 by Walt and Roy Disney, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is the nation's first higher education institute to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in both the visual and performing arts. CalArts is dedicated to training and nurturing the next generation of professional artists, fostering brilliance and innovation within the broadest context possible. Admission to CalArts is competitive and considered mainly on the basis of demonstrated talent, creativity and commitment. Other important considerations include educational records, recommendations and artist's statement.

Current Students

Total enrollment: 1,441 students

  • Undergraduate students (BFA, Certificate): 938 (65.1%), average age 21
  • Graduate students (MFA, MA, DMA, Advanced Certificate): 491 (34.1%), average age 27.56
  • Special non-degree students: 12 (0.8%)

Areas of Study (Métiers)

  • 21.6% School of Art
  • 3.0% School of Critical Studies
  • 5.7% The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance
  • 26.7 School of Film/Video
  • 20.5% The Herb Alpert School of Music
  • 22.5% School of Theater

Gender

  • 52% Female
  • 48% Male

Geographic and National Representation

  • United States: 48 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands – 53% out of state
  • International: 44 countries

U.S. Students: 83.8%

  • 0.7% American Indian/Alaskan
  • 10.3% Asian
  • 7.1% Black
  • 54.1% Caucasian
  • 0.7% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
  • 12.3% Latino
  • 10.7% Two or more races
  • 4.1% Other/undeclared

International Students: 16.2%

Acceptance Rate: 33%

Retention Rate: 88.7%

Statistics

Costs and financial aid 2012-13

  • $53.7 million annual operating budget 
  • $99 million endowment
  • $38,438 yearly tuition
  • Students with financial need: 79%
  • 78% of students receive CalArts Gift Aid
    • 88% of our graduate students receive CalArts Gift Aid
    • 74% of our undergrads receive CalArts Gift Aid

Distinctions

 Campus and environs

  • Located 30 miles north of Downtown Los Angeles in Valencia, California (in the City of Santa Clarita)
  • The center of campus life is a sprawling five-level, 500,000-square-foot building—equivalent to 11 acres of square footage—which houses all six schools.
  • REDCAT, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, is CalArts' downtown center for innovative visual, media and performing arts.

Updated: October 2012

Last edited by dthatt on Dec 12, 2012
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