California Institute of the Arts is renowned internationally as a game-changer in the education of professional artists. The transformative cultural impact of its alumni over the past half-century shows why: CalArts brings out creative talent unlike any other university, school or conservatory.

Founded by Walt Disney, CalArts offers comprehensive degree programs across the full range of the visual, performing, media and literary arts through its six Schools. Admissions are decided primarily on artistic merit and creative promise.

The uniqueness of the CalArts learning experience comes first and foremost from individualized faculty mentoring, which looks to the needs and goals of each student in order to strike a balance between rigorous professional and intellectual preparation and more open-ended experimentation, inquiry and ideation. Mentoring empowers students to develop their own distinctive creative voices and independent points of view, and to build sturdy career pathways in line with their individual artistic aims.

Walt Disney imagined CalArts as an all-inclusive community, where artists can look outside their own métiers and collaborate with each other, across conventional categories, to conjure new expressions. By breaking through artificial barriers, this ongoing exchange of ideas and methods opens up fresh perspectives, sparks out-of-the-box innovation, and energizes the creative community as a whole. For this reason CalArts has always thrived on the diversity of its artists—representing not only multiple forms and styles, but also the horizon-expanding mix of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds and voices.

Beyond its campus, the Institute also encompasses the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), an arts presenting center in downtown L.A., and the Community Arts Partnership (CAP), a co-curricular youth arts education program with community organizations and public schools throughout L.A. County.