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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 headcount enrollment: 1,489 students

  • Undergraduate students (BFA, Certificate): 985
  • Graduate students (MFA, MA, DMA, Advanced Certificate): 494
  • Special non-degree students: 10

Areas of Study (Métiers)

  • 21.3% School of Art
  • 3.7% School of Critical Studies
  • 6.2% The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance
  • 26.9% School of Film/Video
  • 20.4% The Herb Alpert School of Music
  • 21.5% School of Theater

Gender

  • 52.5% Female
  • 47.5% Male

Geographic and National Representation

  • United States: 48 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands
  • International: 47 countries
  • 0.89% American Indian/Alaskan
  • 9.3% Asian
  • 6.4% Black
  • 42.9% Caucasian
  • 0.6% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
  • 10.5% Latino
  • 9.7% Two or more races
  • 3.2% Other/unknown

International Students: 16.6%

Admit Rate: 27.5%

Undergraduate 1st-2nd Year Retention Rate: 84.7%

Statistics

  • 331 faculty members (219.60 FTE)
  • 7:1 Institute student faculty ratio
  • Average class size: 11 students
      Number of Students in Class    Under 10   10 - 19   20 - 29    30+
      Percent of Classes   66.9% 21.1%   7.6% 4.4%
  • 15,131 alumni (including Los Angeles Conservatory of Music and Chouinard Art Institute)

Costs and financial aid 2013-14

  • $55 million annual operating budget 
  • $115 million endowment
  • $39,976 yearly tuition
  • Students receiving financial aid: 82%

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: June 2014

Last edited by bhoward on Jun 19, 2014
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