CalArts is located north of Downtown
Thirty miles north of downtown Los Angeles, CalArts occupies 60 acres on hills overlooking the incorporated city of Santa Clarita, which encompasses the towns of Valencia, Newhall, Saugus and Canyon Country. The Santa Clarita Valley is surrounded by the Tehachapi Mountains to the north, the San Gabriels to the east and the Santa Susannas to the west, all visible from campus. Historically, the valley has been devoted to agriculture and cattle ranching, but the last three decades have seen the northward expansion of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. This ongoing development has resulted in new residential communities and an ever-increasing population of more than 175,000.
The center of campus life is a sprawling five-level, 500,000-square-foot building, where, according to Walt Disney's original vision for CalArts, different artistic disciplines share space under one roof. This structure houses classrooms, art studios, animation studios, music rehearsal rooms and dance studios; galleries, theaters for drama, dance and film, and a music hall; costume, scenery and machine shops; photo labs, computer and media labs, editing suites for film and video, and a digital recording studio; a library and a cafeteria.
Other buildings on the CalArts campus include the Chouinard dormitory, the Ahmanson apartment complex, the Eli and Edythe Broad graduate art studios, and several annexes filled with additional classrooms, studios, a writing lab and other facilities. Tennis courts and an outdoor swimming pool are available throughout the year, while spacious lawns dotted with shade trees, open fields and sloping hillsides allow for quiet reading or casual sports.
California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355-2340
Campus Tours and Information Sessions
Tours and information sessions at CalArts are offered year-round through the Office of Admissions.