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 959 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the CalArts acceptance rate is 24%. Popular majors include Cinematography and Video Production, Acting, and Dance. Graduating 67% of students, CalArts alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $27,300.
California Institute of the Arts Rankings
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- 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.19 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.19 responses
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say they don't have Greek life.24 responses
- of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.31 responses
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.9 responses
California Institute of the Arts Reviews
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 Unbelievably shabby and out of date facilities, lacking in the most basic of requirements for a contemporary practice.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.
Film/Video is the best school and has the sanest people. I only recommend going for School of F/V. People from dance, music, and theater are scary and on drugs. The administration and distrubution of funds has a lot to improve on. Dorm facilities are outdated. The dorm plumbing is terrible and unsanitary. The campus is unsafe and has had multiple shooting threats. It really is the students keeping the school alive and functioning. The community is great, aside from the heavy drug and drinking culture.
The best part of being a student at California Institute of the Arts is that you are free to express anything you want, including going to class naked. You have the right for almost anything, the school is full of creativity. There are rarely any wrong answers. Mainly of the people are open minded, free to be who you truly are. Very accepting people all around. The professors are kind, you could speak to them about anything and will be helpful. It doesn't feel anything like High School, to me attending Calarts has given me a lot of freedom to do what I wish with my personal life and my practice. You may take any class you are interested in even if it is not your major. The only thing wrong about this school is that, it is not a diverse school. Thursday nights, which is gallery night is typically party time.