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CalArts’ Gateway Programs are special opportunities for students accepted for entry in the fall semester to prepare for academic and campus life at CalArts.

  • Music Gateway is focused on preparing incoming students to the Herb Alpert School of Music. The core of this program is Music Theory Boot Camp, a classroom intensive designed to augment your skills in music theory and ear training to prepare you for the theory and skills placement tests and subsequent coursework in those areas. Classroom activities are supplemented by additional field trips around the CalArts campus.
  • Experience LA: Arts and Culture Immersion: This one-week program allows newly admitted CalArts students to explore Los Angeles and the surrounding areas through a focus on the key themes of cultural immersion, history, art, architecture, sociology and nature. By day students will travel Los Angeles together, touring important landmarks and institutions, and engaging with peers to develop a deeper understanding of the rich cultural history of the city.

Accommodation and meal plans are available for these programs at an additional cost.

For further information on the Gateway programs, please email