Please note that you must complete both the Admissions application process and the audition process to be considered for admission.

Approximately 10 BFA audition events are held each year from October through February. Auditions and interviews are held on the CalArts campus and in select U.S. cities. Audition Schedule

Applications and Audition Guidelines (BFA)

Artist Statement

An artist statement is very important in the admissions process and should answer the following three questions:

  • What issues and concerns inform your artmaking practice?
  • Why are you applying to your program at CalArts?
  • What are your artistic goals?

Audition Requirements

An audition is required of applicants to the BFA Program in Dance. The live audition will consist of contemporary dance and/or ballet technique. There is also a creative component to the audition. Individual solos are not required. Audition attire should consist of form fitting clothes, preferably tights and leotards for women, T-shirts and tights for men. There is no clothing color requirement for the audition.

Currently, applicants to the BFA Program in Dance who are not able to schedule a live audition may submit examples of their work using our online portfolio submission system in the CalArts Application. The online system accepts MP3's, documents, images and video. Once a portfolio is uploaded, it can be viewed and rearranged until the final submission is made. No changes can be made following the final submission of your portfolio. There is a fee for each portfolio submission made through the online system. Be sure to submit the portfolio to the correct degree level and program.

In addition to uploading an Artist Statement into the application, recorded auditions must include the following dance technique class work:

  • A brief selection of Ballet barre and center work.
  • Modern Center Floor: A phrase of movement that travels across the floor and incorporates jumps, turns and floor work.
  • Contemporary/Modern-based/Body Practice solo: Choreographed and performed by applicant, highlighting individual creativity. 

Please note that online audition submissions are accepted but live auditions are strongly recommended.

BFA Transfer Audition Requirements

An audition is required for all BFA transfer applicants. See the audition guidelines for the BFA program above for information. BFA transfer applicants wishing to be considered for advanced placement are also required to submit an online portfolio with two complete works (no excerpts), one choreographic work and one performance work.