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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.

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

For further information on the Gateway programs, please email

To Register for the program, please fill out the Music Gateway Enrollment Form.