This is a one-week program allowing newly admitted CalArts students to explore Los Angeles and the surrounding areas through a focus on themes of cultural immersion, history, art, architecture, sociology, and nature. Utilizing walking tours, physical exploration, and attendance of performances and events, students develop a deeper understanding of the cultural and artistic landscape.

By day, students will travel together, attend sessions on campus, and interact with important faculty and staff as well as engaging with peers to develop a deeper understanding of the rich cultural history of the region. By night, focused activities allow students to experience various aspects of social and artistic learning. From the first days of moving in to the last days of preparation for orientation, the CalArts Gateway is an interactive bridge for students to become CalArtians at their own pace.


On-campus housing is available to students who will be residing in CalArts housing during the fall semester. Students move into the room that has been assigned to them for the regular academic year, thus allowing the student to settle into their new home on campus and get to know members of their community. Students who will not be living on campus during the academic year will have to find housing off campus. There are no short term housing options available. For information on CalArts housing options, please email Residence Life at

Meal Plan

The Gateway meal plan is included in the tuition fee for the program. The meal plan includes a light breakfast, box lunch and hot dinner. Students are also welcome to stock their kitchens and prepare meals and snacks for themselves. Program leaders will provide advisement and transportation assistance for students wanting to access shops/markets.

Experience LA Gateway Details

Program Dates
Aug. 25 - Sept. 1, 2018

CalArts campus, Santa Clarita, Los Angeles


Various Calarts Faculty and Staff

Fee for Gateway Program (includes board) 

Fee for Housing (optional if not living on campus)

Dates to Remember

  • Enrollment Begins: June 4, 2018 
  • Deadline for Priority Enrollment: June 15, 2018 
  • Deadline to Enroll: July 5, 2018 
  • Payment Deadline: July 12, 2018 

Payment or enrollment requests made after the Deadline for Payment are subject to late fees. 

For program information, and application and payment details, please email us at