The Performer-Composer Program faculty prefer that you use CalArts' online portfolio  submission system. The online system accepts MP3's, documents, images and video. Once your portfolio is uploaded, it can be viewed and rearranged until the final submission is made. No changes can be made following the final submission of your portfolio. There is a $10 fee for each portfolio submission you make through the online system. Be sure to submit your portfolio to the correct degree level and program. If you experience technical difficulties while uploading your portfolio, you can send an e-mail to email@example.com  for technical support.
If you are unable to submit your work online, portfolios can be mailed to CalArts. Mailed portfolios should include a completed Portfolio Information Form  and be mailed using the Portfolio Mailing Label . Only one submission method (mailing or uploading) may be used.
The Performer-Composer Program only accepts entering students at the MFA level and the BFA3 transfer level. Applicants to the BFA and MFA Performer-Composer Programs should follow all guidelines for both the Composition Program and the Programs in Performance. The three works demonstrating your performance abilities should include traditional and standard repertoire and at least one original composition. BFA1 applicants interested in the Performer-Composer program are advised to apply to the Musical Arts Program and then re-apply to the Performer-Composer Program during their BFA2 year to begin in their BFA3 year.
The application process for the DMA Performer-Composer Program consists of two sequential stages. Stage I comprises CalArts' standard application  plus an online portfolio  submission. Applicants selected to advance to Stage II will be notified in February and will be invited to the CalArts campus for an audition in March. Not all applicants will advance to Stage II.
Applicants who have advanced to this stage of the application process will be invited to visit CalArts’ campus during the month of March. Visiting applicants will participate in the following activities.