For the latest snapshot of the Institute, we'd like to share with you the following highlights from the 2017/2018 academic year.

2017-18: A Strong Diversity of Voices, Ideas and Interests  


  • 984 undergraduates
  • 514 graduate students

With a 30% acceptance rate, CalArts' admissions process remains among the most competitive.

Enrollment per school

  • Art: 21%
  • Critical Studies: 4%
  • Dance: 5%
  • Film/Video: 27%
  • Music: 21%
  • Theater: 22%

Diversity and Statistics

  • 77% U.S. students from 39 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico
  • 43% students of color
  • 23% international students from 40 countries
  • 13% first-generation college students
  • 7 to 1 student/faculty ratio 
  • $20.5 million in scholarship grants to 88% of the student body

"The type of artist that graduates from CalArts is a pioneer, a radical, and an outlier as opposed to solely a doer." 

—Bryn Cohn (Dance BFA 10), Princess Grace Fellowship Nominee 2018

The Year in Review: CalArts in Action

  • REDCAT organized the Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA, a celebration of Latin American and Latinx art and performance, supported by a major grant from the Getty Foundation. More than 200 artists from 15 countries performed in 24 different locations throughout Los Angeles.
  • Over 130 CalArts alumni and students participated in the CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) as teaching artists. 
  • CalArts partnered with the United Nations Women’s HeForShe project to create animated shorts which tell stories of gender bias and violence against women, among other subjects. The films will be highlighted during the HeForShe IMPACT Summit in conjunction with the UN General Assembly in New York.
  • CalArts hosted more than 200 visiting artists on campus, including philosopher and gender theorist Judith Butler and dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied.
  • Alumni Council awarded 10 seed grants for new works by alumni celebrating collaboration, experimentation, and diversity.

“To have this opportunity to create and grow is very rare, and I appreciate how much of a privilege it is.”

Vincent De La Torre (Film/Video, MFA 3)

 CalArts Accolades

These are just a few of the many awards and recognitions received by our alumni, faculty and students in 2017/2018.

  • Lee Anne Schmitt (Film/Video MFA 02 and Film/Video faculty member), Alexandra Cuesta (Film/Video MFA 09), Todd Gray (Art BFA 79, MFA 89), Eliza Hittman (Film/Video MFA 10) and Nicole Miller (Art BFA 05) received 2018 Guggenheim Fellowships.
  • Adrian Molina (Film/Video BFA 07) co-directed PIXAR Animation Studios’ Coco, which won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature and the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Animated.
  • The new work, “Giggling Flame and Roaring Waves” by choreographer and dancer Antoine Hunter (Dance 02), founder and artistic director of Urban Jazz Dance Company, was commissioned by Oakland Ballet and premiered this spring. Hunter was featured in the most recent issue of The Pool, the CalArts alumni magazine.
  • Greg Kurstin (Music BFA 92) won his second GRAMMY for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.
  • Ryan Bancroft (Music BFA 11, MFA 13 and Colburn Scholarship Recipient) won First Prize and the Audience Prize in the 2018 Malko Competition for Young Conductors.
  • Condola Rashad (Theater BFA 08) received a Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Play for her role as Joan of Arc in Saint Joan on Broadway, her fourth Tony nomination.