We look forward to receiving your application.

Our step-by-step guide can guide you as you prepare.

Thursday, December 1, 2022, 11:59 PM PDT

  • School of Music (MFA, DMA)

Thursday, January 5, 2023, 11:59 PM PDT

  • School of Art (BFA, MFA)
  • School of Critical Studies (MA, MFA)
  • School of Dance (BFA, MFA)
  • School of Film/Video (BFA, MFA)
  • School of Music (BFA)
  • School of Theater (BFA, MFA)

Application Fees

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

Application Fee Waiver

We acknowledge that the application fee may present a financial hardship to some applicants.

Applicants to our undergraduate programs (BFA) can apply for a fee waiver in the following circumstances:

  • College Board fee waiver - email to admissions@calarts.edu
  • NACAC fee waiver - email to admissions@calarts.edu
  • Letter from a high school/transfer counselor verifying family hardship - email to admissions@calarts.edu
  • CalArts Alumnx
  • CalArts Extended Studies Alumnx
  • California State Summer School of the Arts (CSSSA) Alumnx
  • CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) Alumnx
  • Applicants who applied to CalArts in a previous year

Applicants to our graduate programs (MFA, MA, DMA) can apply for a fee waiver in the following circumstances:

  • CalArts Alumnx
  • CalArts Extended Studies Alumnx
  • California State Summer School of the Arts (CSSSA) Alumnx
  • CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) Alumnx
  • Applicants who applied to CalArts in a previous year