Either deadline is acceptable; applicants who submit all of the required materials (including the portfolio and supplemental materials) by December 3 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 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).
Applications meeting the Preferred Deadline of December 3, 2013:
Applications meeting the Regular Deadline of 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.
Preferred Deadline - November 1, 2013
After November 1, 2013 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
The School of Film/Video (including animation programs)
BFA and MFA Program in Music Technology: Interaction, Intelligence and Design
BFA and MFA Jazz Drums
BFA and MFA Jazz Guitar
BFA and MFA Acting