These schools are similar to California Institute of the Arts in key aspects like size, setting, and academics.
100% of students
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.
Expensive campus housing.
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.
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.