California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

8011 University Avenue, Suite A-2, La Mesa, CA

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California Institute of the Arts is a nonprofit private art school, which is located in Valencia, California. California Institute of the Arts offers more than twenty different programs available to students, with a Doctor's degree being the highest level available. Some of the more popular programs offered for aspiring artists includes:

  • Cinematography And Film
  • Film, Video and Photographic Arts
  • Technical Theatre, Design and Technology
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Fine Studio Arts

Students can use various means to evaluate school performance. A school's graduation and loan default rates are among the strongest indicators of educational and career success. CalArts has an annual graduation rate of 65%, and a loan default rate of near 4%.

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities has accredited the program courses of California Institute of the Arts for over fifty-nine straight years. Please visit for more information on programs offered and consumer disclosures.

Programs Offered

The following is a list of areas of study available at California Institute of the Arts. Programs that have a link will take you to the program's profile page where education requirements, career pathways, and other information is available.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

English Language and Literature

Interdisciplinary Studies

Visual and Performing Arts

*Amounts for tuition, fees, and supplies are an estimate which are calculated based on historical data and should be solely used for informational purposes only.
**Repayment rates, earnings, and loan payments are estimated to provide a comparative context. For more detailed information individuals are asked to contact the school.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The net cost of this school is close to $52,700 annually, after the various types of aid, including scholarships and grants, are taken into consideration. To calculate a more personalized cost check out their cost calculator here. Students wishing to apply to this school must pay an application fee of $70. The financial aid department provides information and resources for students seeking out financial options. Their phone number is (661) 253-7878. The tuition and financial aid figures listed show various costs that students may encounter at CalArts. The numbers may not be accurate due to changing factors in a given year, and are only intended to provide a guideline for students.

Note: Financial aid is only available for those who qualify, check with the school for details.

Tuition & Fees Information

Undergraduate Courses - Tuition Details

  • The estimated tuition range is around $51,000-$61,000 per year
  • Part time students are estimated to pay about $1,700 to $2,000 per unit
  • Required fees for full-time students: $650

Graduate Courses - Tuition Details

  • The estimated tuition range for graduate students is around $51,000-$61,000 per year
  • Per unit charges are around $1,900 for part time students
  • Required fees for graduate students are around $650

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid92%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships92%$16,471
Receiving Student Loans48%$11,693

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