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Application Deadlines

Fall 2015 Application Deadlines

Although our Regular Deadline of January 5, 2015 has passed 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).

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 or money order after submission. Applications received 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, or a letter from a high school/transfer counselor who can verify family financial hardship. Fee waivers are not granted to MFA applicants and international applicants.

Spring 2016 Application Deadlines

Preferred Deadline - November 3, 2015

After November 3, 2015 we will continue to receive applications on a rolling basis until programs close.

The following schools/programs do not accept applications for the Spring:

School of Art

  • MFA Program in Art
  • BFA and MFA Program in Graphic Design
  • MFA Program in Photography
  • MFA Program in Art and Technology

School of Critical Studies

  • MA Aesthetics and Politics Program

School of Dance

  • All programs

School of Film/Video

  • All programs (including animation)

School of Music

  • BFA and MFA Program in Music Technology: Interaction, Intelligence and Design
  • BFA and MFA Guitar
  • BFA and MFA Jazz Drums
  • BFA and MFA Jazz Guitar
  • DMA Performer/Composer

School of Theater

  • BFA and MFA Acting

Fall 2016 Application Deadlines

  • Preferred Deadline - Tuesday, December 1, 2015
  • Regular Deadline - Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Either deadline is acceptable; applicants who submit all of the required materials (including the portfolio and supplemental materials) by December 1 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).

Application fees:

Applications meeting the Preferred Deadline of December 1, 2015:

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

Applications meeting the Regular Deadline of January 5, 2016:

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

After January 5, 2016 we will continue to receive applications on a rolling basis until programs close. 

Students applying online may submit their fee with a credit card or send a check or money order after submission. Applications received 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, or a letter from a high school/transfer counselor who can verify family financial hardship. Fee waivers are not granted to MFA applicants and international applicants.

Last edited by kachzet on May 14, 2015
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