six performers on stage portraying a band
School of Film/Video thesis film shoot

California Institute of the Arts is renowned internationally as a game-changer in the education of professional artists. The transformative cultural impact of our alumni shows why: We bring out visionary creative talent unlike any other university, school or conservatory. An all-inclusive community for a diversity of authentic voices, CalArts today offers more than 70 comprehensive degree programs in the visual, performing, media and literary arts.


CalArts Alum Ellen Reid Wins 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Music

Composer, sound artist and CalArts alum Ellen Reid was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music for prism, "a bold new operatic work that uses sophisticated vocal writing and striking instrumental timbres to confront difficult subject matter: the effects of sexual and emotional abuse."

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'Finding Shelter' Featured on 'Vista LA'

Vista LA from KABC-7 in Los Angeles produced a segment on Duende CalArts' documentary Finding Shelter. The film was inspired by the 2016 play Shelter, conceived by CalArts faculty Marissa Chibas, focusing on child migrants to the U.S.

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Cristina Fernandez

Cristina Fernandez
Acting MFA 14

I think there is a higher level of expectation for an actor-artist at CalArts than at other places. You’re an active participant in making a piece of art. When I started, I didn’t think I had that capacity as an...

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