California Institute of the Arts

24700 W McBean Pky, Valencia, CA

Questions and Answers about California Institute of the Arts

Rahmah Y.
2 months ago
What kind of animation courses are offered to CalArts?
Bentley W.
3 months ago
Is blender a software I can use on art assignments ?
Kelly A.
3 months ago
What types of scholarships are available to CalArts students?
Jessica A.
5 months ago
Is on campus housing guaranteed at California Institute of the Arts?
Jessica A.
5 months ago
What type of assistance does California Institute of the Arts offer to help students secure internships and first jobs?
Machig D.
5 months ago
How many students are accepted into the Character Animation program?

Majors offered at California Institute of the Arts

Biggest majors
Graphic Communications
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft
Fine and Studio Arts

Academics at California Institute of the Arts

Student Faculty Ratio
7 to 1
Selective (23% Acceptance Rate)
School type
Non-profit Private 4-year institution

California Institute of the Arts demographics

39% White
12% Hispanic
9% Asian
4% Black
4% Multiracial
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Common careers for California Institute of the Arts students

Common Careers and Their Average Annual Salary

Senior Product Designer143k
Product Designer105k
Senior Graphic Designer86k
UX Designer83k
Art Director68k
Graphic Designer67k
Architectural Designer63k
Based on 1,407 student responses
56.6kAvg. Early Career Pay
88.5kAvg. Mid-Career Pay
56%in High-Meaning careers
2%in STEM careers

Net price of attending California Institute of the Arts

California Institute of the Arts financial aid

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Student reviews of California Institute of the Arts

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Recommended by

100% of students

Known for

Great internship and research opportunities
Welcoming student body
Diverse and Inclusive
LGBTQ+ friendly
Access to outdoor activities
Ewa Sobiczewska
Advocacy And Activism
Acting And Theater
Foreign Languages
Criminology + 2 others



What I love most about CalArts is the atmosphere! Everyone is so passionate about what they do you can literally feel it permeating the air and inspiring everyone around, it’s a truly wonderful and uniquely beautiful environment to develop your artistic practice.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Expensive campus housing.

Ella Fornof
Acting And Theater
Dance + 14 others



It’s a small community accepting of everyone, you can find a group to befriend within even the most reserved people. It’s pretty diverse, with various ethnicities from all over the world. As a theater major, the shows you can work provide endless opportunities and job connections. Work-study pays a $15 minimum wage which is pretty decent. Teachers are nice, very knowledgeable, and well versed in the field with connections. Depending on your major you have some freedom in choosing your classes and exploring whatever interests you even outside of your major.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Expensive. Normal art classes have a lot more essays than expected. Some teachers are as I said experienced, but old enough that they don’t know how to get into the industry without everyone already knowing their name. For someone majoring in Lighting Design, they have me take more general classes. I went a whole semester without a light class, but that was okay because productions outside of class made up for it.

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