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- Campus FoodB
- Student LifeA-
CalArts is an above-average private college located in Santa Clarita, California in the Los Angeles Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 997 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the CalArts acceptance rate is 23%. Popular majors include Cinematography and Video Production, Studio Arts, and Acting. Graduating 56% of students, CalArts alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $26,900.
California Institute of the Arts Rankings
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California Inst. of the Arts Admissions
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Considered but not required
Early Decision/Early Action
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Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.16 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.21 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.21 responses
Most Popular Majors
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say they don't have Greek life.26 responses
- of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.33 responses
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.9 responses
California Institute of the Arts Reviews
The school is excellent! My major is involved in the Herb Albert School of Music which in itself is very open to any style of music, has several performance opportunities, and teaches valuable information that the modern-day musician needs to be able to take on a number of careers and music degree can give. The school as a whole has an incredible, stress- free environment that is constantly inspiring students to step outside of the box and be as creative as possible. The school even has it's own cute coffee shop and a huge cafeteria full of gourmet food and options for every kind of diet. The dorms are on campus making it super easy to get to class and it also has it's own little cafe/game room, spacious rooms, a pool, a gym, and even a sauna. The only issue with the school is the handicap accessibility and the tuition in which there is funding help from the school, but no full ride options.
I can't recommend the graduate program in Art. Unbelievably shabby and out of date facilities, lacking in the most basic of requirements for a contemporary practice. No surprise that the 'post-studio' approach is what's being pushed, then. The Broad studios ARE sexy in that down-at-the-mouth clearance-rack modernism kind of way, if a bit prone to being water-logged in the winter and working solar ovens in the summer.If you're in Photo/Media you have aluminum cow sheds plopped on a parking lot to look forward to.Faculty in the Art school are mostly checked-out; there is little community feeling besides the transactional niceties and scratch-my-back groupie-formations. Lots of old white dudes too, if you're into that sort of thing.The program hasn't produced anyone or thing of interest for about a decade. This might be because there is no structure, or even a guiding idea,& an apparently constant crisis in performing even the most basic of administrative procedures to operate it.
The school is not a technical school but rather work on the ideas or message you are trying to deliver. Another major issue my peers and I have specifically in the photo program is they do not supply students with any material such as digital or photo paper, film, hard drives, or chemicals so the student would have to buy these for themselves which would be a recurring issue throughout the school. You will be continuously be expected to pay or buy services although the tuition is expensive none of it seems to be for the students but rather for the pay of the faculty as you would have to pay $50 each year to access certain areas in the school which could total up to an additional $200. The one absolute positive about this school is the faculty and certain students as they are vibrant, helpful, kind, and smart as I am inspired by each person and drive me to improve myself.