2019-20 Tuition and Fees*

All figures are for the full, two-semester academic year:

CalArts Tuition

Annual Tuition Graduate, Undergraduate, and DMA $50,850
Annual Tuition M.A. in Aesthetics and Politics (1st year)
Annual Tuition M.A. in Aesthetics and Politics (2nd year) $20,360**

*Students and families should be aware that tuition is evaluated on an annual basis and could rise during a student’s time at CalArts. Families are advise to plan for an annual increase of between 4 and 5 percent.

This is a two-year M.A. program and the costs for the Low-Residency 2nd year are estimated.


Student Activity/Student Life Fee $116
Technology Fee $500

Estimated Cost of Attendance Budget***

Room and Board
Transportation $2,000
Medical $3,000
Miscellaneous $3,000

Books and Supplies per year

School of Art $1,800-$2,500
Critical Studies $1,000
School of Dance $1,000
Film/Video $3,500-$4,500
Experimental Animation $3,000-$3,500
Character Animation $1,300
Film Directing $5,000
School of Music $1,000
School of Theater $1,000-$2,000

***These amounts are estimates only; a student's actual costs may vary.

Estimated Payment Worksheet for 2019-20

After you review the estimated costs above, you can use the Estimated Payment Worksheet to help estimate your educational costs for the 2019-20 school year.

Estimated Payment Worksheet.xls