Online Application

The  2020 application is now available.  

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Fall 2020 Application Deadlines and Fees

Deadlines for All Programs (First Time Freshman, Transfer Students, MFA, MA)

Fall 2020 Application Deadlines and Fees

Undergraduate Deadlines (First Time Freshmen and Transfer Students)

Preferred Deadline - Monday, December 2, 2019

Regular Deadline - Monday, January 6, 2020

Either deadline is acceptable; applicants who submit all of the required materials (including the portfolio, transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) by December 2 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 pageDo 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).

Undergraduate Application Fees:

Applications meeting the Preferred Deadline of December 2, 2019:

  • $50 for each domestic application
  • $65 for each international application

Applications meeting the Regular Deadline of January 6, 2020:

  • $70 for each domestic application
  • $85 for each international application

Students applying online may submit their fee with a credit card or send a check/money order. Applications without payment will not be processed. Fee waivers must be submitted in writing (with the student's full legal name), and may be sent after applying online. CalArts will accept the standard College Board fee waiver, NACAC fee waiver, or a letter from a high school/transfer counselor who can verify family hardship. Fee waivers are not granted to MFA applicants or international applicants.

Graduate Deadlines (MFA, MA, and DMA students)

Monday, December 2, 2019
Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts
School of Critical Studies

Monday, January 6, 2020 
School of Art
School of Film/Video
School of Theater
Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts

After each school's deadline we will continue to receive applications on a rolling basis until programs close. 

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 pageDo 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).

Graduate Application Fees:

  • $70 for each domestic application
  • $85 for each international application

Students applying online may submit their fee with a credit card or send a check/money order. Applications without payment will not be processed. Fee waivers are not granted to MFA applicants or international applicants.